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Episode 19: Reply 1988 || Teen, Mom and College – Oh My!

Oh my, is right. Here in the U.S., one of the most stressful parts of high school is preparing for college. But, it’s a defining factor in Asian culture. In Korea, where you go to college is what can make or break your trajectory in life. ๐Ÿฅบ Hence, (TW) the reason behind many student suicides. That’s why my heart goes out to Deok-sun in episode 15. Imagine hearing your school counselor or teacher tell your parent that it’s going to be hard for you to attend a 4-year college or university due to your poor grades. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. This. Is. A. Student’s. Nightmare. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

We all know the academic pressures in Asian culture take its toll on one’s mental health. I know that it did mine. Join me in this episode as I share what I have told families in navigating college stress to ensure student success. ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ™

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Episode 18: Dear Reply 1988 || Express Yoโ€™self!

This deep dive episode was hidden away in my archives and for some reason didn’t air when it was supposed to! And, it’s on a favorite topic so I had to show it of course. ๐Ÿ™Œ I know I keep harping on Reply 1988, but there’s just so many gems in this K-Drama.

My whole framework is rooted in promoting healthy emotionality. This is why I absolutely love how well the Reply 1988 teen crew help Taek with pouring out his feelings during a tough time. ๐Ÿ˜ญ I want to point out how the parents tip-toed around Taek and didn’t mention what he was experiencing for fear of it bothering him or making him feel worse. This is typical in the Asian culture, where it’s about showing face, saving face, avoiding, etc. It’s not healthy.

The reality is that children and adolescents – all of us, really – need to feel emotionally safe, especially in the home. We should be able to share about our feelings and thoughts when we want to and need to. Kudos to Taek’s friends for encouraging him to release his true feelings, and in the end, helping him feel better. ๐Ÿ‘

How can you be better at expressing yo’self so YOU feel better? ๐Ÿง

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Episode 17: Dear Reply 1988 || Deok-sun’s Character and Leadership

A favorite character of mine is Deok-sun in Reply 1998. ๐Ÿฅฐ She’s got such “AEGYO” – that charming cuteness she shows through her expressions and mannerisms! Deok-sun’s genuineness makes her a winning character in my book because she’s perfectly flawed, relatable, and demonstrates integrity. In Episode 14, she shows us a wonderful example of leadership as a student in front of all her peers regarding an incident at school. This is the moment where I recalled wishing I had a Deok-sun by my side in high school! ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Everyone wants to feel normal and part of the group especially among peers at school. Watch episode 14 and see how Deok-sun normalizes what could’ve been a very stigmatized and traumatic experience for the class president. And based on the culture, perhaps this event could’ve led to the class president being bullied. However, thanks to Deok-sun’s heroic actions, her peer comes out unscarred and even self-assured. Bravo! ๐Ÿ‘

How can we be more like Deok-sun to normalize and destigmatize mental health, mental illness and physical health?

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Episode 16: Dear My Friends || Coming Full Circle

I’m so glad that I was encouraged to watch “Dear My Friends.” ๐Ÿ™Œ What an underrated K-Drama it is! I cried my way through most of it because it was just so touching. Pulls at your heartstrings, you know? Shout out to @iris.kim7 and @sheena.yap.chan for telling me about the K-Drama in the first place.

We come “full circle” in the life cycle whether we want to face it or not, so please watch this K-Drama. It’s good to understand the aging population and have empathy for the elderly. ๐Ÿง As one of the main character says, “We’re born wearing diapers and we die wearing diapers.” ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.