[The Glitch] Exploring Teenage Motherhood in Korean Society and Television
May 11, 2022 — Set on the southern island of Jeju, "Our Blues" is currently the country's most-watched drama. With 2021 Asia Society's Asia Entertainment Game Changer Lee Byung-hun starring alongside beloved actress Shin Min-a, many viewers have been fascinated by the show's romantic plotlines and insights into island life. However, others have raised concerns that a storyline about a pregnancy resulting from a relationship between two high school students is inappropriate and sends the wrong message to the nation's youth.
The show raises questions about moral standards, what it means to be a mother, the legality of abortion, demographic issues, and the role of sex education. This video explores these topics through the use of data and professional analysis. It also asks people in Korea and abroad what they think about these issues and whether controversial storylines in Korean dramas are a step in the right direction or not.