After seeing Train to Busan a couple years before, I was excited to see Seoul Station. I thought it was odd that I didn’t see screenshots of the movie but only a cartoon that looked like a promotion of the movie, but when the movie started, I was delighted to learn that the entire movie is a cartoon.

I sat and watched, excited to see cartoons made by my own people beyond the Dooly the Dinosaur and Fly! Superboard that I had seen on TV. Seoul Station is the story of what happened before Train to Busan, though I’m not…


Ever since 2015, I’ve been a fan of zombie stories. Here is my ranking of them from best to worst with the best on the top with a note on if they’re a zombie outbreak story or a story about an apocalyptic world after a zombie outbreak:

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Type: Zombie outbreak

I saw this movie as a teen, and it’s one that stuck with me until I came back to the genre. Something about a group of people being stuck in a mall is extremely memorable to me. I keep going back to this movie since it’s my first exposure to the genre. Harmless…


Weird story, but I think I might try reading a lot of Marvel Comics next year. I was lent about 100 floppy books that are supposed to be the entire Civil War arc. For every floppy I read, I’ll try to sum up what I understood what happened in it and how I imagine it would be told if an Asian wrote it.

A few years back, Marvel comics was getting a new Editor-in-chief, and the word on twitter was that he had spent some time in the 2000s pretending to be a Japanese man named “Akira Yoshida” to get…


Twitter is a nice website where you can go and listen directly to the opinions of marginalized people to understand how certain issues are a problem, rather of having to wait for white-owned newspapers and other popular white-owned media outlets that are often filled with the opinions of cishet white people to address the issues marginalized people face.

Also, if you feel that nobody is talking about a certain issue, and if nobody qualified is there, you can tweet about it yourself to bring awareness to that issue you feel is very important, until you no longer feel the need…


#Alive promo poster from Korea

I had only a basic idea what #alive was going to be about, but I knew I would love it. I have a thing for zombies, and I’m Korean, so I couldn’t have been more excited for the success of movies like Train to Busan and the first season of Kingdom on Netflix. So when I saw a Korean zombie movie called #alive as Trending in the US on Netflix, I made sure to make a date with myself to check out this movie as a reward for doing something off my daily to-do list.

The setup is very relatable…


I get such a kick out of seeing official anime merchandise being sold in the US in stores that are not known for being an outlet for nerds of "anime fans". Today, my sixth anime-related t-shirt of the year -- a sailor moon shirt -- came in the mail from Target.com. The shirt design is a crop top, and though it doesn’t look good on me, I mainly bought it because I wanted to feel that I was a "real" American fan of the series for a bargain price of $13, so I don’t mind. …


A Korean American review of Rampant (2018), a 17th century royal period drama film with a western zombie angle

I made up my mind to see Rampant (2018) after seeing tweets comparing it to a new netflix series called Kingdom.

When Rampant was released in Korea in November, I was infatuated with Crazy Rich Asians (2018), and I was trying to observe how Crazy Rich Asians was received in Korea. This was how I heard about Rampant (called 창궐 in Korean) because it was the movie with the highest number of tickets sold in Korea the week that Crazy Rich Asians came out in Korea.

I do like zombie thrillers, though just a couple of years ago all zombie…


Spiderverse, Peni Parker; and when it’s not your fandom and you’re a guest to that space

  • There are spoilers in this Medium article of the Spiderverse movie.

I went to go see Spiderman, into the spiderverse a couple nights ago. Overall it was very nice. I had seen people on my twitter timeline singing praises about it, about how it was animated beautifully, how it was colored beautifully, how it really captured the look and feel that comic books white people make, and how it was nice that the movie — though animated — was intended for teens rather than elementary school aged kids.

I love cartoons and I want to love movies.

Many people were…


The character names and story titles change, but one thing is always the same.

The moment I knew that Fantastic Beasts is not for me was most likely when it was announced the Asian school was named “Mahoutokoro” by JK Rowling, author of the popular Harry Potter series. The proposal for Fantastic Beasts was ambitious — to present wizards and wizard schools from around the world, such as in Asia and in South America. Considering how little of the vast amount of mythology and literature from Asian countries are translated into English, I assumed Rowling — who doesn’t speak nor read any Asian languages at a fluency where she could produce new literature about…


When fans of the same thing speak different languages, and a bilingual bystander’s longing to see members of the two separate languages communicate with each other.

When the news was revealed that Nagini would be played by Claudia Kim, the reaction tweets appeared like snowfall. One or two tweets in Korean at first, then several at once, all either being authored by Korean-speakers I was following or retweeted by them. Many of the tweets authored in English were very matter-of-fact about it, but many of the tweets authored in Korean expressed confusion, and displeasure.

My experience on Twitter has always been like oil and water — The English speaking, predominantly white American crowd from noon to a little past midnight, and then the Korean speaking, predominantly…

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Moved to the US 19 years ago from Korea.

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