“Hwajung” (“Splendid Politics”) Episodes 5 & 6

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Darn you, Joseon-era fashion! I know clothing in the past wasn’t supposed to reflect your individuality. Back in the day, clothes were supposed to identify your class and rank. The more you looked like everyone else, the better. But although it’s historically accurate to put every government minister in the exact same wispy beard, red robe and … Read more

“Hwajung” (“Splendid Politics”) Episodes 1 to 4

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When I was down with the flu last week, I watched some history dramas. My goal: desensitize myself to the funny hats. I can get pretty distracted by sixteenth-century clothing, whether it’s Korean or European. After a week and a half of history dramas, I still notice the weirder bits of headgear, but I’ve learned to look past them … Read more