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5 Reasons Why “Itaewon Class” Is The K-Drama You Didn’t Know You Needed



“Itaewon Class” is a new K-drama starring Park Seo Joon as Park Sae Roy and Kim Da Mi as Jo Yi Seo. If you haven’t already started watching this series, it’s a definite must-watch and will most likely change your K-drama watching game. Here are five reasons why “Itaewon Class” is a K-drama you need to watch!

Warning: minor spoilers below.

1. It’s all about hope

So many of the characters go through various life trials that seem like it would be very difficult to come out of. Despite the struggles and hurdles they face, there’s a message of hope that is constantly sent throughout the drama. Park Sae Roy, played by Park Seo Joon, is a unique character and one that anyone can get behind. He’s a firm believer in taking a stand against injustice and is willing to stand up for anyone, even if it means putting his own well-being at risk.

We need more Park Sae Roy’s in the world.

When Lee Ho Jin (David Lee), the boy who gets bullied by Jang Geun Won (Ahn Bo Hyun), becomes a fund manager and joins forces with Sae Roy to take down Jang Geun Won and his father, there’s a message of camaraderie and hope that is hard to shake. When two people who have been inflicted with injustice join hands, it really makes you feel all warm inside.

2. It makes you root for the underdog

Park Sae Roy makes it his life mission to try and bring down the food company Jangga Co. and everyone involved in it. Because the family of Jangga was responsible for the death of Sae Roy’s father as well as his failure to graduate high school, Sae Roy has deemed them an enemy that he will bring down no matter what.

Knowing all the heartache and life trauma that Sae Roy had to go through as a result of Jang Geun Won and his father, it really makes you root for him, despite the fact that taking down Jangga seems like a long-shot. Sae Roy has the passion and the friends to really make you want him to come out on top and it keeps the series exciting.

3. It crosses all borders

In the drama, there are several characters that were unconventionally cast. Not only do their characters push the norm in what a K-drama cast should look and be like, but it brings a whole refreshing aspect of acceptance and hope.

Let’s take a glance at some of the impressionable characters:

Jo Yi Seo, played by Kim Da Mi, is a girl who has battled with mental illness almost her entire life and was deemed to be a borderline “psychopath.” She’s had issues to deal with and has a hard time fitting in, but she tries her best in life to make her mom happy.

Then there’s Ma Hyun Yi, played by Lee Joo Young, a transgendered character who is looking for acceptance. She’s a tough cookie but is also innocent and charming. She just wants to give it her all in everything she does, which includes being an employee for Sae Roy.

Finally, there’s Tony Kim, played by Chris Lyon. He’s a character who hails from Africa, but is in Korea in hopes of finding his Korean father. If he’s able to find him, he will be considered a Korean citizen by law, which is what he hopes for.

4. Park Seo Joon is impressive

Park Seo Joon being impressive is seriously an understatement. He’s become one of the most well-respected actors in the industry and has without a doubt earned the trust of his viewers as being an actor who never fails to give it his all no matter what role he’s in. In this particular drama, Park Seo Joon plays a character who has been through some traumatic events early on in his life as a result of Jang Geun Won and his father. He had to go through some grueling emotions at the beginning and he did a good job of making us invest in his character early on. He truly is a gem in the K-drama world!

5. Friendship GOALS

There is a tight-knit group of friends in this drama that all coincide under Sae Roy’s restaurant, Dan Bam. He took in a random bunch of people who were all feeling a little broken and took them under his wing. The best part about this circle of friends is that they all lean on each other and are willing to put everything on the line for each other. It’s true friendship and it almost totally outshines the love story aspect of the series, which is rare for a K-drama!

Jo Yi Seo putting her future on hold so that Sae Roy can be successful.

Jang Geun Soo (Kim Dong Hee) apologizing to Sae Roy on behalf of his family.

Sae Roy not letting anyone get away with discriminating against his employee.

Hey Soompiers, is “Itaewon Class” changing your life? Let me know in the comments below!

binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG. She is also the author of “K-POP A To Z: The Definitive K-Pop Encyclopedia.” Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!

Currently watching: “Dr. Romantic 2” and “Itaewon Class”
All-time favorite dramas: “Secret Garden,” “Goblin,” “Because This Is My First Life,” “Star In My Heart
Looking forward to: Won Bin‘s return to the small screen

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Osaka, Billie Jean King get Laureus World Sports Awards




Monaco, May 8 (IANS) World No. 2 tennis player Naomi Osaka has been named ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ at the Laureus World Sports Awards for her achievements on and off the court, while tennis legend Billie Jean King was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Laureus Academy.

This is Osaka’s second recognition at the Laureus Sports Awards. She won the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ award in 2019 after a season that saw her win her first WTA title at the BNP Paribas Open and begin her ascent to the top of the game with her first US Open title that fall.

Osaka was also nominated for ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ in 2020 after a season in which she captured her first Australian Open title and become the first Japanese player to ascend to World No.1.

“I’ve watched so many of my role models win this (Sportswoman) award, so it definitely means a lot now to be holding it,” Osaka said on Friday. “I am so happy to receive it. It really means a lot to me.”

Coming out of a season interrupted by the sport’s shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Osaka emerged as the dominant force on hard courts. The 24-year-old marched through the US summer season, making the Western & Southern Open final before capturing the US Open, her third major title.

She continued her form in 2021, winning back-to-back Slams for the second time in her career after capturing her fourth major, at the Australian Open in February.

Osaka’s impact was not limited between the tramlines. During the Western & Southern Open, the Japanese joined in the athlete-led protests regarding racial injustice in America, a decision that led to a one-day stoppage in play. At the US Open, in an effort to raise awareness about racial injustice, Osaka wore seven masks with seven names of black victims of racial violence.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova presented Billie Jean King with her ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, in recognition of her excellence on the tennis court as well as her life’s work in pursuit of gender and racial equality.



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Pope to VAX Live: “We need light and hope, paths of healing and salvation”




In a video message sent Saturday to participants in the VAX Live concert, Pope Francis stresses the need for deep healing, both from the effects of the Covid-19 virus and the virus of individualism and closed nationalism.

By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ

“Receive a cordial greeting from this old man, who does not dance or sing like you, but who believes as you do that injustice and evil are not invincible,” said Pope Francis in a video message to participants at “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World.”

The event, which takes place on Saturday, aims to celebrate the hope that Covid-19 vaccines are offering families and communities around the world. It is also part of a growing chorus of voices seeking wider and more equitable distribution of the vaccines.

Need for healing from the roots

Amid the “darkness and uncertainty” brought about by the ongoing pandemic, “we need light and hope. We need paths of healing and salvation,” Pope Francis said.

Elaborating further, he specifies that he is referring to is a “healing from the roots, which cures the cause of evil and is not limited only to the symptoms.”

The Holy Father, therefore, encouraged everyone not to forget the most vulnerable in the face of the pandemic, which has “produced death and suffering, affecting the lives of all,” and also contributed to exacerbating already existing social and environmental crises.

Individualism makes us indifferent to sufferings of others

Illustrating some of the ills we need to heal from, the Pope noted that within “these diseased roots, we find the virus of individualism, which does not make us any freer or more equal, nor more brothers” but rather makes us indifferent to the sufferings of others.

Other variants of this cultural virus, he said, are closed nationalism which prevents sharing of vaccines, and putting the laws of the market or intellectual property above the laws of love and the health of others.

Likewise, another variant is “when we believe in and foment a sick economy that allows a very rich few to possess more than all the rest of humanity, and when models of production and consumption destroy the planet, our ‘common home’.”

Everything is interconnected

Pope Francis went on to highlight the interconnectedness of everything, pointing out that we are united in nature and person, and thus every social injustice and act of marginalization against poor people also affects the environment.

He added that God instills in our hearts a new and generous spirit that enables us to abandon individualism in order to promote the common good.

It is a “spirit of justice that mobilizes us to ensure universal access to vaccines and the temporary suspension of intellectual property rights; a spirit of communion that allows us to generate a different, more inclusive, just, sustainable economic model,” the Pope said.

A better, post-pandemic society

The Pope then reminded everyone that “we do not come out of a crisis the same, we either come out better or worse.”

However, he noted that “the problem lies in having the inventiveness to look for paths that are better” in our efforts to deal with the crisis we are experiencing due to the pandemic.

He thus prayed that God may comfort the suffering and welcome those who have died into His kingdom.

He also implored our Lord that for us, pilgrims on earth, He may grant “the gift of a new brotherhood, a universal solidarity, so that we may recognize the good and beauty he has sown in each of us, to strengthen bonds of unity, of common projects, of shared hopes.”

The Holy Father concluded his video message with an expression of gratitude to the participants for their efforts and a request for prayers for himself.

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Art exhibits reflect on racial injustice and Tulsa Race Massacre – KTUL




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