Korean dramas aren't all romance and happy moments, sometimes there is a lot of violence and pain. One theme that constantly shows up in K-dramas is bullying - and not just typical mean girl stuff - real, physically painful bullying.
Boys Over Flowers
When I think of bullying in dramas I immediately think of the scene in Boys Over Flowers when Jandi gets eggs and flour thrown at her because she's not as high of social standing as the rest of the students.
Scenes like this have occurred in other dramas as well, and are shocking every single time.
In the drama “Angry Mom” (which I haven't seen) Kim Hee Sun plays a mom so desperate to protect her child from bullying that she enrolls at her school pretending to be a student.
It's sort of a funny idea, but it also shows that bullying is a big enough problem in schools that pop culture comments on it. Again, I haven't seen it but it seems to touch on bullying in a more serious way as the drama continues.
Has anyone seen this?
In the beginning of the drama, Lee Jong Suk's character is constantly bullied and beaten to the point of bleeding. He is the main target of the class bully, and to make matter worse, in Korea you don't change classes. You're stuck with the same people for the entire year, all day long.
According to KDRAMASTARS, a video recently released by Samsung Group, shows that 50% of students will ignore bullying even if they witness it directly.
That's why the company works with the Seoul Government on a system so that any student who sees another student being bullied can push a button that notifies a teacher. During the project trial, 106 calls were made that led to counseling sessions that prevented bullying!
What has your reaction been to bullying in Korean Dramas?
What dramas have had bullying in them that you remember?
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