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A viral TikTok claims that the subtitles for the Korean drama are misleading, but it’s not quite that simple

https://www.dazeddigital.com/film-tv/article/54384/1/the-botched-squid-game-subtitle-saga-explained

However, more significant parts of the script that add nuance to her character are also missed. In one scene Mi-nyeo is trying to convince another contestant to continue the games with her. The subtitles read: “I’m not a genius but I can still work it out”. However, what she actually says is “I am very smart, I just never got a chance to study,” according to youngmimayer.

“That is a huge trope in Korean media, the poor person that’s smart and clever, that’s a huge part of her character, but almost everything she says is being botched,” she adds.

K-Pop has been a good predictor/signal of less obvious cultural shifts in South Korea and Asia more broadly #semiotics

https://www.economist.com/special-report/2020/04/08/k-pop-is-changing-too

Teenagers have projected their dreams onto k-pop idols for years. But bts are not your average k-pop band. Although their output has all the trappings of the genre—slick production, perfectly choreographed dance routines, rap interludes and ever-unconfirmed rumours about band members’ relationships—they do not conform to the stereotype of the flawless, manufactured idols who are expected to serve as blank screens for fans’ projections.