K-Drama, where the storylines keep on growing

As South Korean becomes a modern country, people are getting married later in life and having fewer children. This is resulting in single household growth.

To meet the needs of these single households, a new paradigm of single-serving foods are sold in many convenience stores. Costco and other big-box retailers have presence in South Korea but for the growing single households, your neighborhood convenience store will have everything you need. You are paying a little premium for the single-serving packaging but at least there is no waste in food, which is green for the environment. Mini refrigerators and other household appliances are now made for the single household. Kitchenettes with single burners, mini washers and dryers are among popular items in department stores.

Here is the weekly update for Korean dramas airing in Hawaii this week:

‘Here Comes Jang Bori’

Episodes 3 & 4

Today, 6:30 p.m.: Dong-hoo tells Hwa-yeon to leave the house if she’s going to be the evil stepmom. Hwa-yeon begs on her knees and gets to stay. Soo-mi finds out it was In-hwa’s plot to get Soo-bong to inhale gas and pretended to save him. Today, 7:45 p.m.: Oak-soo finds out In-hwa sold a Beeseulchae hanbok, but she covers for her. But Soo-bong finds out and tells the truth to his mother. Soo-mi is furious with In-hwa. Jae-hwa and Jae-hee get even closer to each other.

‘Heard It Through the Grapevine’

Episodes 11 & 12

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Jung-ho is not happy that In-sang is enjoying the “middle class” life a little too much. He also tries to break the tie between Min Joo-young and Yoo Shin-young. Jung-ho decides to accept Bom into his family and launches a new plan to separate her from her family. Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Jung-ho decides to make Bom someone who offers generosity to her family to make her a superior figure. Jung-ho and Yeon-hee each visit Hyung-shik and his wife with very generous offers.

‘A Girl Who Sees Smells’

Episodes 1 & 2

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Eun-seol (Shin Se-gyung) loses her memory after a gruesome murder of her parents and becomes Cho-rim. Moo-gak (Park Yu-cheon) also loses his sister whose name is also Eun-seol to a mysterious murderer. Years later Cho-rim is a wannabe comedian and Moo-gak is trying to become a homicide detective to solve his sister’s murder case. Thursday, 7:45p.m.: Moo-gak pleads with the chief of homicide to hire him. The chief tells him he will hire him if he solves a case in 10 days. Cho-rim asks Moo-gak to be a partner in her skit in exchange for the cost of her car repair.

‘My Heart Twinkle, Twinkle’

Episode 21 & 22

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Gwan-mo finds Soon-jung and updates her on her sisters’ situations. He also tells her about his family secret. Woon-tak moves up the date to move his company to Seoul. Soon-jin goes into labor. Saturday, 7:45p.m.: Woon-tak traces Soon-jin to the shelter she was staying at. Soon-jin gets away with the help of Sung-sook, but she still hasn’t figured out where to go. Soon-jung decides to close up her restaurant and leave, and Soon-chul unwillingly becomes her savior.

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Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This weekly column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout the Islands. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or jeffchung@kbfd.com.

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