Thanks for posting this, AintNoFool. Your experience is valuable to our understanding!
Being AA, I was angry for a second. Then I realized it was a television drama. However, I think that it is a culture thing. Older Grandpa took it well. This really hit home because my boyfriend is asian, and at first, I thought that the reactions in his family were racist. When I saw this, it made sense. They are just afraid for their children like any other parent; they probably see an interracial relationship as a hardship for their children to go through.
I am an African American female and over the last three years, have watched many of the dramas. I especially enjoy Who's My Love. I too, live in an apartment building inhabited only by family. When the storyline ran on Sunmi being in love with an African American, I had a sinking feeling and thought, "Oh, no. Please let this come out in a way that I can respect, because I don't want to stop watching as my personal act of protest. However, I was not disappointed. Younger and older Grandfathers discussed prejudice, and indicated he would initially have the same reaction with any other ethnic group other than Korean. He specifically cited Japanese and Chinese - - so even another Asian culture would have given him pause. To my satisfaction, they agreed that lifestyle choices in such a diverse nation as the USA, would probably lead to inter-racial pairings. They needed time to make the mental adjustment - - just as I would need if my daughter preferred a non-African American male for a potential mate. So I'm staying with the show - - it does not disappoint!
At first I didn't understand it because well it came across as racist but then I tough every family wants to preserve their race and if we were in their shoes whether African American or Korean or even a martian at first we would have a problem with it. Now what's important is what you do after your kid doesn't change it's mind. The only thing to do is accept it and hope that they will be happy ;D.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I choose stronger!
Aigu, this is my second watching of the series and I STILL was a little worried about it, LOL! However, I had forgotten that younger grandpa came to his epiphane on his own; I had remembered it as the head grandpa. I was really glad about that, he was finally a better person than he seemed to be. But he acts like a younger brother, and also a doting papa, doesn't he. After he comes to this big realization about everything, he talks to his daughter to fix it all up and she (obviously lying) says things are not progressing as fast as Mom says, and he's like, "Oh, wife, you're so silly! Nothing's happening anyway!" Like, "Oh, goodie, I don't have to deal with this right now! Let's have some nookie!" Poor Mrs Younger Grandpa--she's still got the "baby" in her hands! I have hope for everyone dealing with it now, though.
From Dae Jang-geum: Sun-dol: "Are you trying to dry me up and kill me? Why do you say the same things over and over every day? Rather, come and hit me once! Aigu!" But then: Dr. Lazarus: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan... You shall be avenged."