An Issue of Class in Kdramas

I lost my way from anime land. I fell into kdrama land so I guess I can’t complain much. I’m having a hard time trying to focus on anime so I just let this happen.

Kdramas have their own weaknesses even though they deal with the same tropes over and over I find them more refreshing than normal TV shows. It may be to the fact that I didn’t grow up watching them so the tropes seem new… Well newer.

They tend to be very dramatic. A theme pops up in Kdramas often and I don’t find it dramatic at all. It deals with the difference between the characters “class” to be more specific the socioeconomic status.

This is a topic that is very near and dear to me. I’ve notice in all three series that I am writing that is a common theme. It gets to me when those who are born into more privilege seem to get away with anything. We’ve come to face facts that money is power. This is a common theme in kdramas. Those with money bascially can do whatever they want. We see it in the news and we see it on TV. The truly frustrating part is all I can do it seems is write about it. Those with the gold make the rules. Right?

Itaewon Class is a kdrama that is recently airing on Netflix (in the states at least) and it really hammers home the difference between those who are rich a poor. There is only one lesson that the heir of a corporation learns:  That he can get away with anything, including murder.

Life isn’t fair. I think this is something we learn at a young age. However, it tends to seem to be more fair to those with money. I think if you see this anime you will feel the injustice along with me. It is horrible but this is also an issue we see everyday. People get away with fraud, rape, murder, drug use… Mostly because they are born to a life we will never understand or have.

In the first episode I think I cried at least three times. This may be an old trope but the actors/actresses especially Park Seo-joon hit each note with perfection. Park Seo-joon portrays the main characters rage and secrets that you can’t look away from him. I want to know what is going on behind the mask that he puts on for the world. He has a plan and you hope that he completes it.

Each character is unique and they all have their own goals. Most of them you don’t know what is going on behind their eyes. I think that this one will keep me guessing until the end. My heart might just break a bit…

This drama isn’t finished airing but if you start watching be warned the week long wait is hard to handle. I hope for a happy ending with these characters but the great thing about kdramas is sometimes you never know what you will get.

Itaewon Class Run

Even though I miss anime land I’m in good company with my kdramas. Take a moment to check out Itaewon Class if you have time!

Happy Watching!


Author: kimchisama

Anime for the soul.

6 thoughts on “An Issue of Class in Kdramas”

  1. I’m not familiar with K-dramas, but that sounds interesting. I didn’t even know the concept of class was that prevalent in South Korea. You rarely see that topic handled well in America. You’re certainly right about how rich families get away with everything. I used to work at a small youth center/music venue in a wealthy suburb, and I heard or saw things where the locals did stuff that I would never get away with.


  2. I absolutely loved this drama; it stood out to me due to its trans and black representation. I’m here if you need any other recommendations! ☺️Would be interesting to here your thoughts on how age gap relationships are portrayed in Kdramas since I’ve always found that interesting.

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    1. Yes! This is definitely one of the more progressive kdramas. I’m happy to see Korea moving forward. Ooo the age gap! One of my favorites was A Witch’s romance it has the same actor as this kdrama and it is pretty cute.
      For the most part I see a lot of the age gap happening with teachers… It always hit me a bit differently since I’m a teacher and that is a huge nono anywhere– but it is a popular genre for anime too. The taboo has always captured watchers interest haha.

      I’m going through a kick of sweet funny romance at the moment. I think it is a sign of the times! I just finished: Oh my Venus, Fight My Way, Weightlifting Fairy, and 1% of Something. They all had fun female leads and so many laugh out loud moments. If you have any recommendations feel free to send them my way!

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      1. I absolute LOVE the first three dramas you mentioned watching. I just finished a fairly serious one called Misty so am now looking for a comedy one to binge for some relief. 😅 I recommend It’s okay that’s love, Suspicious Partner and Something in the Rain if you haven’t watched those already!


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