[quote]In 2002, 30 Korean soap operas were aired in Taiwan, where they received some of the highest ratings. In Hong Kong, “Jewel in the Palace” was the most-watched of any program in the last 25 years.
But lately, the popularity of Korean soap operas is causing a backlash against Korean pop culture imports. Rising economic tension in the region and competition between Korean soaps and those produced in China and Taiwan finally came to a head last week as the Chinese and Taiwanese governments announced measures to curb the “Korea wave.”[/quote]
Granted, I kinda am annoyed at Korean soap operas, there was a period in which my own mother nicknamed one of these stars her ‘boyfriend’ and always would look upon him with dreamy eyes… of course only when my father wasn’t around. This whole charade was really disturbing to say the least.
On the other hand, should we really stop these soaps? Isn’t it fair trade? Is this just a start to censorship, and when will we stop? What stops us from limiting various local shows, or political shows? Its just a soap opera, and if anything, it’ll create more competition, and perhaps lead to better Taiwanese soap operas, right?
What should we do? Stop the government from hurting a free market? Stop the Korean soap operas because they’re invading our society? Will there be any hope for my mom?