i haven’t been in korea in about 7 years, and i’ve been noticing that a lot has changed since my last visit — especially the TV content. for one, there’s a lot less emphasis on weight loss. during my last visit, i was offended by all the programs that went on and on critiquing women’s bodies and dictating how skinny women need to be — down to the specific measurements of each body part in centimeters. wtf, seriously.
my mom tells me that there’s still a lot of crap about weight loss, but i haven’t been seeing them quite as much. instead, i’ve been noticing that there’s a lot of emphasis on addressing the disabled viewers. for example, every news program has a little sign language window in the corner for the hearing impaired. and KBS also recently hired the first blind news anchor, who reads his teleprompter-of-sort by Braille. amazing! i’ve been reading a bit more about Lee Chang-Hoon (이창훈) on-line, and i gotta admit that his story inspires even a jaded old hag like me.
in somewhat-related news, korean dramas seem to be trying to raise awareness about autism by featuring families that have children with autism in its shows. i guess it’s a good thing? but it’s also a little strange, because some of the portrayals seem to be inaccurate and a bit too idealized. of course, my understanding of autism is pretty limited, so i am not the one to talk authoritatively on this issue, at all.