What is up with the K-drama Remakes?

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In the past six months there’s been a sudden influx of news that American broadcasters are buying remake rights to Korean television shows. Most of them are hits or have done well in the past year in Korea, so it would be very interesting to see how Americans will remake it.

Or it could be a disaster like the American version of Boys Over Flowers.

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On My Watchlist: Big Hero 6

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Alright – this is a little different from my other ‘watchlists.’ I was introduced to this movie after watching the trailer before Guardians of the Galaxy (fun movie I might add, with an awesome soundtrack). It’s a Disney film animated in the likes of Wreck It Ralph but is based on a Marvel superhero comic of the same name. (Disney + Marvel = more superhero films than ever before.)

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Things I’m Obsessed With Thanks to K-Dramas

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Several times I’ve caught myself in the middle of an online shopping spree buying Korean makeup, plushies, and jewelry. And then several more times I find myself wanting the latest model of a smartphone even though my current one is just fine. Most of the time this happens because I’m inspired by the dramas I watch: I see something I like, and I want it. And when my baby cousin decided to take my pig-rabbit away for some cuddle time I realized that one doesn’t have to be a K-drama fan to like Korean products. They genuinely have really charming products, and dramas are just a great gateway to being exposed to them since I’m no longer among the preteens who know the latest and greatest cute stuff from Asia.

(Blue Bear I’ve left you behind, but Mashimaro you’re still in my heart.)

So here are some things that I’ve recently been obsessed with. What are some of yours, and did any drama inspire you to get them?

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Baek Ji Young to Hold Concert in LA/NYC

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Usually I only hear news about Kpop idol groups going global with their tours and stopping by requisite U.S. stops L.A. and/or N.Y.C. But now it’s “ballad queen” Baek Ji Young who’s coming to the States with her concert tour ‘Sentimental Memories’! This will be her first solo concert in years too, so it’s something to talk about for her fans.

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7 Things I Learned at KCON 2014

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There are a few things I learned from KCON 2014, it being my first K-anything convention ever. Some were surprises (SPICA!) and some were to be expected (ew, L.A. traffic). But here’s my list and recap of KCON!

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Harry Potter, Hedwig, and Heisenberg

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I spent the last week trying to be more ‘cultured’ and taking advantage of the opportunities New York City offers. That meant watching a couple of Broadway shows with my good friends gummimochi and hjkomo! I had not seen a musical since “If/Then” with Idina Menzel, which wasn’t as great of a play as I thought it’d be, but I certainly did enjoy Neil Patrick Harris in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and Daniel Radcliffe in “The Cripple of Inishmaan.”

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