There is an old Korean proverb: When whales fight, the shrimp’s back is broken. It basically means when big boys fight, it’s the little guy who gets hurt.
The Korean peninsula sandwiched between Japan and China has historically been used: diplomatically, militarily, trade, and invaded by its northern borders and coast. Resilient as its people have been through its history, modern-day politics haven’t change much.
North Korea desires to have a long-range nuclear missile that can reach Hawaii and the West Coast of the U.S. The U.S. and South Korea have decided to deploy THAAD (terminal high altitude area defense) in South Korea. THAAD is a defensive radar system should North Korea launch missiles, to detect and intercept.
China views THAAD as the U.S. keeping an eye on its military movements and threatening its security. China retaliates by weakening trade with South Korea. Korean entertainment is taking the blunt of the hit with cancellations of concerts, filming and joint projects in China.
Popular Korean models are changed for Chinese models. Korean cosmetics are under additional scrutiny when exporting to China and 19 Korean cosmetics have been banned. Big Bang who had the concert in Hawaii last October cancelled their concert in Shanghai. China denies that this has any relation to THAAD planned deployment but South Korea doesn’t believe it to be true.
Episodes 25 & 26
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Gab-soon starts her business with firm reserve and refuses to see Gab-dol. Gab-dol feels threatened by Ha-soo’s aggressive pursuit for Gab-soon. Joong-nyun shares his plans with Nae-shim, which shocks her.
Today, 7:45 p.m.: Upon realizing Geum-shik and Da-hae were together when the accident happened, Jae-soon packs her bags and moves back to her mother’s with Ddol. Gab-dol can’t understand what compelled Gab-soon to dream about starting a cleaning service. Gab-dol and Gab-soon crash when they can’t see eye to eye on things.
Episodes 17 & 18
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: While waiting for Chairman Shin’s surgery, Dong-joo and In-bum are notified of an emergency ulcer patient’s case. They decide to perform surgery on the ulcer patient to shorten the duration of surgery time, to make it in time for Chairman Shin’s surgery.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Rumors run rampant on SNS saying Chairman Shin is brain dead. Chief Do seizes this opportunity to shut down Doldam Hospital. Doldam staff is dispirited at news of the hospital’s shut down.
‘Legend of the Blue Sea’
Episodes 17 & 18
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Chung is shocked at seeing the outcome of their previous life, and tries not to let Joon-jae know. Meanwhile, Joon-jae is suspicious of Ji-hyun’s (Seo-hee’s) actions, and gathers evidence. Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: At Chairman Heo’s death, Joon-jae and Detective Hong speed up the investigation. Upon receiving a search warrant on Kang Ji-hyun (Seo-hee), they start to search for evidence on Ji-hyun.
Episode 26 & 27
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Gyeong-ok informs Hae-ryung that Hyun-ki’s marriage to Young-eun is imminent. Gyeong-ok warns Hae-ryung once again to adhere to the condition of divorce. Hae-ryung and Ji-gun’s relationship has everyone curious. Where would their relationship go from here.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Hyun-ki reviews his son’s medical records and is shocked to find out Ji-gun was the surgeon in charge. He ponders whether to tell Hae-ryung, or to let them keep their relationship.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or email@example.com.