One of the few Korean TV shows that I enjoy watching is 1박2일 or 1 Night 2 Days (which refers to an overnight vacation), starring Kang Ho Dong (the man who “rediscovered” Charice) and four other Korean comedian/singers: Lee Seu Gun, Lee Seung Gi, Eun Ji Won and Kim Jong Min.
What I love about this show is that I get to see places in Korea that I’ve never been to and I also get to experience again the places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. And the guys are truly entertaining, especially Kang Ho Dong with his southeastern accent.
This year, their first three episodes was actually a three-episode special featuring foreign workers from Asia as special guests. The first episode was all about meeting the special guests at their workplace and bringing them to Gangwon-do; the second was their adventures in the province; while the concluding episode, shown last Sunday (January 16th) was about the gifts that the show prepared for their guests.
While most TV shows on Korean channels would prefer Caucasians on their program; 1박 2일 chose to have foreign Asian workers as guests. If I remember it correctly, they had a guest from Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia and two from Pakistan. My favorite was the one from Nepal who was partnered with Kang Ho Dong. He was really funny and his Korean is amazing considering that he had been here for only seven months. And I couldn’t even speak as well as he could!
The concluding episode of the foreign workers special made everyone a crybaby. Videos of the each guest’s family back in their homeland were shown. They were also secretly “taken” to Korea to surprise the guests. That episode was a tearjerker and it reminded me how sad it is that sometimes families have to be separated for financial reasons.
If you could catch the show on Youtube, the Korean title would be 1박2일 외국인근로자.