Extra! Korea

August 9, 2009

Will new TV drama “Tamra, the Island” have a positive portrayal of foreigners?

Filed under: expatriates, rapid cultural change, television — extrakorea @ 9:01 am

There’s a new TV drama called “Tamra, the Island” in which an Englishman becomes stranded on the island of Cheju and gets to know one of that island’s haenyeo (famous divers who catch shellfish). The Englishman is portrayed by a Frenchman, and his hair seems to be dyed platinum blonde, in accordance with local stereotypes of Europeans. But those are minor quibbles, and hopefully, the drama will be the first positive (or, at least, neutral) portrayal of a foreign man on television in a very long time.
The haenyeo will be played by actress Seo Woo. Wait a minute, is that the same Seo Woo from the movie Paju (파주), which the Grand Narrative mentioned once? Furthermore, is it the same actress who starred in this unforgettable commercial? From spanking her own ass over the ecstasy of ice cream to starring in a possibly groundbreaking drama, she’s come a long way, baby. (Assuming that is her.)


  1. […] giving him oxygen while hiding. But regardless of the ultimate form of their relationship though, Extra Korea! is correct in noting that it will probably be the first non-negative portrayal of a Western male on […]

    Pingback by Tamna: A Radical New Korean Drama « The Grand Narrative — August 11, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  2. Watch this here with English subs.

    Comment by Veriberi — August 18, 2009 @ 2:09 am

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