What have you guys been watching lately? My newest obsession is Kim’s Convenience. I didn’t really have expectations from the show other than it was a comedy focused on a Korean family. After watching a few episodes, I noticed that the series was more than just laughs—but you definitely will. Aside from having the storyline mainly be about an Asian family, I think everyone could relate to how they showed generation gaps. Here, you will see how Jung and Janet interact with their parents.
They show this in obvious ways like technology. When the dad finally gets a smartphone and ditches his pager, he starts having conversations with Siri. Oh, and he tries to decipher the meaning of emojis. This is also seen in the traditions the parents want to follow. Their mother wants Janet to find a cool, Christian, Korean boy to date. However, Janet wants to explore out of that and meet boys of other backgrounds. Of course, her parents are skeptical at first but eventually accept—although it took a lot of convincing.
What I really appreciate about this show is how they don’t make the family look perfect. In fact, they are far from it. This, in my opinion, makes it so relatable. Let’s face it, no one’s family is A+, each has their problems and struggles. We all have that one relative who no one really talks to anymore and we all fight with one another more than we’d like to admit.
Every time Janet would get into an argument with her parents, I could feel her frustration because I’ve been in that position. Some of the arguments are similar, like wanting your parents to treat you like an adult but they still see you as a baby. It’s great to see that my family dynamic is just like someone else’s.
Eventually, they also start to show the parents adjusting with the times and loosening their reins. They give Janet the freedom to move and do her thing but not without constantly giving her nuggets of advice. You can also see how Jung and Janet try their best to understand their parents’ intentions. Not only because they grew up in a different decade, but also because the environment is different too.
If a funny family show with hints of drama and Asian references is your type of series, I highly recommend giving Kim’s Convenience a chance. You have time to binge the first two seasons before the third one premieres next month.
Art by Marian Hukom
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