North Korean defector visit marks 10-year anniversary

Today marks the 10th anniversary of this K-drama column. In celebration of this anniversary, I have prepared a special event, “North Korea, A New Generation” featuring North Korean defector Yeonmi Park.

There is very little known about North Korea and life there. North Korean celebrity defector Yeonmi Park, who has been on a global tour will be in Honolulu May 19 for a speech engagement, free to the public, to talk about her life in North Korea, why she decided to defect and the hardships she faced making treacherous travels through China and deserts for two years, finally ending up in South Korea.

Many North Korean defectors have a hard time adjusting to life in South Korea and some have defected back to the North.

Yeonmi Park was named one of TOP 100 Women by the BBC last year. The event will be held at St. Louis School Mamiya Theatre, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. Get your free tickets at http://honoluluboxoffice.tix.com/m/Event.aspx?EventCode=750975.

Tickets are limited to two per email and you can print your tickets for the event. Honolulu Box office has a limited number of tickets so please act quickly. Happy Mother’s Day! 

Here are the capsules for this week:

‘Here Comes Jang Bori’

Episodes 7 & 8

Today, 6:30 p.m.: Min-jung enters an art competition and draws Beeseulchae, the one that Eun-bee drew, and draw Soo-bong and In-hwa’s attention. Min-jung’s mom is worried sick when she finds out Min-jung has gone to Seoul and scolds Bori (Eun-bee) for not telling her.

Today, 7:45 p.m.: Min-jung’s mom and Bo-ri come to Seoul to attend Min-jung’s college graduation ceremony, but Min-jung avoids them. Ji-sang also comes to Min-jung’s graduation, but she sends him away when she sees Soo-bong and In-hwa.

‘Heard It Through the Grapevine’

Episodes 15 & 16

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Noo-ri becomes a star of the moment when the rumors spread that she rejected a mogul’s son. Ms. Yang doesn’t stop at laundering Noo-ri’s reputation. She has other plans for Noo-ri. Young-ra decides to seduce Jung-ho just to spite Yeon-hee.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m: In-sang and Bom begin to see Jung-ho, not as their father, but as the head of Hansong, the law firm. Jung-ho and Yeon-hee are dumbfounded when Bom’s family refuse their generous help. To escape from his stressful daily life, Jung-ho asks Young-ra out on a date.

‘A Girl Who Sees Smells’

Episodes 5 & 6

Wednesday, 7:45p.m.: Just as Moo-gak and his partners pull into Jae-hee’s restaurant, a body drops on their car. Jae-hee is seen at the rooftop and is arrested on the spot. Cho-rim doesn’t see Jae-hee’s scent on the victim, and believes Jae-hee’s innocent.

Thursday, 7:45p.m.: Worried about Cho-rim’s safety, Moo-gak tells her not to get involved in investigations, but Cho-rim says she’s happy she can do something with her power. She also asks Moo-gak to protect her if she’s ever in danger.

‘My Heart Twinkle, Twinkle’

Episode 25 & 26 (Final)

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: When Soon-jung hears her sister and the baby are kidnapped, she barges into Woon-take’s house with Do-hoon’s help. Soon-jung tells Woon-tak’s family of all his evil doings but they don’t believe it. Soon-jin threatens to jump with the baby when Woon-tak comes close to her.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Woon-tak is arrested on corruption charges, and Gwan-mo takes the witness stand to testify against Woon-tak. Soon-jung and Soon-jin are reunited, but their aunt has hard time accepting Soon-jung and Woon-tak’s baby.

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 is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or

jeffchung@kbfd.com. 

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