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Episode 9: Mr. Sunshine + Reply 1988 + Start-Up || Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

It would be so much easier if we could see what went on “behind the scenes” in our families like we do in K-Dramas. This would be especially helpful for kids (young and older) to see what their parents are experiencing behind their backs. Do they really mean the harsh things they tell us? If only, we could see what they really mean to say. Parents traditionally feel the need to “show face” in front of their kids by appearing stoic and silent because they don’t want to express what they’re feeling. It”s time to unlearn this type of behavior for the sake of anxiety in the family.

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Episode 8: K-Dramas for Valentine’s Day || What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What’s love ~ got to do ~ got to do with it? (Channeling Tina Turner here) Love has a lot to do with K-drama storylines and themes. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I bring in some fav girlfriends to chat about how they view love in K-dramas and what about it keeps them watching. How do you think love is shown in K-dramas? Please do share your Lunar New Year hopes and wishes surrounding love! Happy Lunar New Year!

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Episode 7: My Love From The Star + Goblin || K-Dramas’ Best Love Stories

February is heart health month and what better way to take care of your heart than taking care of significant other (your partner, spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, co-parent, etc). Your significant other has your heart so it’s important to cultivate healthy interactions for the sake of your physical and mental wellbeing. This is why I’m highlighting my favorite #kdrama love stories in the last 10 years. Watching together is a great way to enhance your couple relationship improving intimacy and connection which leads to better communication overall.

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Episode 6: Start-Up || What Gets You Out of Bed?

What’s your reason for being? What is your why? Being able to recognize meaning and purpose in your life motivates you to get out of bed when the going gets tough. This all ties directly into your mental health. Research shows that being able to identify meaning and purpose in your life decreases symptoms of anxiety and depression. Check out this episode on how this is portrayed in StartUp.

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Episode 5: Crash Landing on You || Good Grief 😢

The title here is not to reference that we’re frustrated, but to emphasize the importance of expressing and claiming grief when you need to. In this case, losing someone you love is extremely heartbreaking and hard to explain in words. For those of you who know someone grieving, it’s challenging and can be uncomfortable because you’re unsure of what to say. Check out this episode as a good example of how to help someone work through her grief.

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Episode 4: Itaewon Class || Race and Gender Identity

Your identity is a complex psychological attachment, rooted in your values, experiences, and beliefs. Mindful identity is about understanding that you’re the expert of your life. How are you being the expert of your life for the sake of your emotional, social, and psychological wellbeing?

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Episode 3: Crash Landing on You || What We All wish Our Asian Moms Would Say

It would be music to our ears for our moms to tell us they want us to be happy and live our own lives. But, this isn’t the norm in Asian culture so it’s nice to see it in a K-Drama! For the sake of our mental health, it is important to realize that we cannot do everything just to please our parents and understand how filial piety can be a stressor.

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Episode 2: StartUp || Not Show and Tell

A big stressor among Asians is the pressure to be “perfect” and successful.  That is, make the parents proud that they’ll show us off and tell everyone about what their kids are accomplishing.  However, this puts a tremendous strain on our mental health feeling like we have to constantly live up to expectations. It also takes away from the parent-child relationship where the core need is to connect. 

Episode 10 Clip:  “I don’t want to be your pride and joy and I don’t want you to be my pride and joy. Let’s just be father and son.

Episode 2 interview clip with UNC Chapel Hill sophomore John Shin.

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Episode 1: StartUp || Exposing Love and Loneliness

How do love loneliness and love affect your mental health?  What’s the key to happiness?

Love directly correlates to your mental health which is why we get so hooked watching the love triangles in K-Dramas!  It all has to do with your brain chemistry and how we interrelate.

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What Does Noona’s Noonchi Mean?

Noona’s coming to town and she’s bringing gifts and noonchi!

I hope you all are excited for my upcoming YouTube series, “Noona’s Noonchi” where I will talk about your favorite Korean dramas and tying in the aspects of mental health — having fun and learning something new, every episode!

Remember to leave a comment on the latest episodes for a chance to have your favorite k-drama featured!