To Dot The i’s On Eastern Culture Analysis Via Doramas

All right. Let us specify what the word “drama” means. By this time, you might have caught the basic idea of this wonderful “phenomenon”, but one thing was never mentioned before: when fans speak about dramas they mostly refer to the ones of Korean, Japanese or Chinese production. All the other kinds of dramas are not so popular with the crowds due to a number of reasons, like the high quality of the works made by the dominant countries in the Asian film industry, far more famous actors and singers participating in the projects, decent scenarios with the faint note of the moral (presented in an enjoyable way, though) and some other factors. That is how the severe rivalry is created.

As is a non-plagiarized essay, you may find some thoughts and reflections that you never came across, and not because the information is kept in the huge secret, but because you may not be familiar with the world of dramas or take for granted the things that you see on the screen. The following set of facts will surely surprise and impress you.

Alcohol “Laws”

Drinking alcohol is a part of the etiquette in countries like Korea, Japan, and China. Therefore, particular rules exist for the participants of a small feast.

  • When a person receives a glass from an elder, one must hold the glass with two hands (the left palm should be at the bottom, and right hand holds the glass). It’s necessary to bow the head slightly afterwards.
  • When it is time to enjoy the drink, a person must turn away from the elder, and cover the mouth and glass with their hands.
  • The first drink must be finished in one go. When the glass is empty, the drinker passes it back to the person who poured the drink, and they exchange the roles. This starts a handover of the bottle around the table.

By the way, in Korea “meals on wheels” are usually preferred to any other kind of bars and cafes when it comes to not very sober get-togethers. A very special occasion is needed if a person chooses some restaurant (of course, this rule does not concern rich and top-lofty characters from doramas.

Identity Formation at School

By watching Japanese dramas, you may get to know the education system as well. For example, about the types of schools, criteria of the class division, disciplines, attitude of students towards the learning process (it’s East, don’t forget), pressure-factors on children in both middle and upper classes of society and so on.

Speaking of school grades, it has a bit different structure comparing to what we are used to see in American schools because senior secondary education is reached after finishing 12 grades. For your better understanding, you can check it on the web-site.

Here are some peculiarities that we can notice from the screen:

  • the majority of students take bento (homemade food in the box) to school;
  • learning Art is a necessary part of the curriculum;
  • there is a special uniform for pupils (in most schools sport costumes are unified as well);
  • girls whop and circle around handsome boys in the school corridors;
  • different personalities represent teenagers: dweebs, nerds, hooligans, goodhearted pupils (especially the main heroines who are very stubborn), and always scoundrels;
  • cleaning of the classrooms and school premises is a duty of the pupils – and it is not a violation of their rights (they do not tidy toilets or storages), it is an additional responsibility, a way to bring-up conscientious adults who are able to take care of the surroundings, nature (!) and the workplace by themselves;
  • parents can be extremely exacting when it comes to the advancement (some pupils even think of and, unfortunately, commit the suicide if they consider themselves a failure for their parents, although such pupils are the best of the best)
  • teacher=mentor, who is responsible for creating a person, helping to understand the life lessons.

Japanese school uniform

What Is Wrong with It?

No doubts, the fans of dramas made in Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore may be slightly offended by the fact that their favorite TV shows are not much spoken about. Well, the rest of drama- admirers are grateful for the available variety, the hard-work the actors and scenarists do to show the specific features of the countries, etc. With no “but” and “however” we appreciate the contribution that all film-crews make to establish the enchanting image of Asian dramas in the minds of people.

However, we should point out that it is the case when an inexperienced person should not describe the magic happening in those “worlds,” because one or two watched examples of each national TV-serials doesn’t count.

Almost the same goes with Chinese dramas – it is hard to judge about their culture having watched only 5 their dramas; but shame on the magician, in whose tricks nobody believes, and shame on the fan of dramas who cannot provoke the interest to drama!

  • China has banned showing same-sex romance, adultery (sex scenes), sex for one night and teen’s love in the TV serials.

Not that surprising, ha? “that is understandable and blablabla?  Okay, then… Do you want to know why Chinese time travelling dramas are prohibited?

Such shows are insulting because they are “treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore.” It goes on with different “accusations” such as farfetched myths, weird plots, extravagant tactics etc.

Curious, isn’t it?

This is the continuation of what has been banned as well:

  • detailed investigation of the criminal cases and crime scenes (in order to prevent an interest towards criminals among the teenagers);
  • superstition and occultism, including discussions of reincarnation and witchcraft.

It may seem funny or strange at first, but you should ponder about it very carefully. It is another culture, another mentality and another world-view…

Though, as you know, where there is a will, there is a way. The loophole for creating nontime travelling content is the following: do what you like, pick up any epoch or let some circumstances blow you away into another time, just make sure the whole action from the screen looks like it was a dream or hallucination or schizophrenia, for example.

Hopefully, you enjoyed reading this article. The next article will contain even more details about the culture that attracts our attention while watching dramas.

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