A New Addiction – Abnormal Summit (aka Non-Summit)

Abnormal Summit is a South Korean variety-talk show, with the exception of the three Korean hosts, the rest of the permanent “G11” cast members are from various countries and backgrounds.  As it is a talk show, a guest would present a topic each week for the G11 cast to discuss and debate about.  The topics could range anything from the different countries’ view of marriage to the meaning of dreams & happiness.  As South Korea continues to influence the younger generation around the global and exercise the nation’s soft power through the K-pop culture, the country inevitably exposes some of its flaws.  One of these flaws is that people of the SK nation’s general and glaring misconception of other countries.  The misconception is clearly evident when various SK programs have been called out for making racy comments and mockery of people from particular origins on more than one occasions.  Though, this does not mean that the country is unfriendly.  No, South Korea is, in fact, one of the most accommodating nations in the world.  Most people there are warm and ready to come to a foreigner’s aid.  Instead, the phenomenon of inappropriate portray of foreigners stems from a lack of cultural awareness.

This is where I should come in and give shouts of “THANKS” to the producer for putting Abnormal Summit together.  This talk show is a first of its kind in the SK society and luckily, it is garnering positive and popular attention from the local (as well as international) viewers.  Hopefully, this show will continue to achieve success and bridge cultural gaps around global.

The show is sat in a light-hearted and casual format, despite trying to recreate the G20 Summit by ways of formal dressing and a big meeting table.  Whenever a debate gets too heated (which happens often), the cast members are then required to hold hands with each other and sing the “Hand in Hand” song (quite embarrassingly).  A cast member or host even mentioned that if the actual G20 Summit hosts the meeting in such way, then the world would be a lot more peaceful.  I agree with him (sorry, seriously forgot who mentioned that), but of course, the world has to be so complicated.

The Current Cast Members:

Sam Okyere (Ghana) - The Will Smith look-alike comedian (as most South Koreans thought).

Sam Okyere (Ghana) – the Will Smith look-alike comedian (as most South Koreans thought).

Alberto Mondi (Italy) - An extraordinary car dealer and lover boy

Alberto Mondi (Italy) – an extraordinary car dealer and lover boy.

Daniel Lindemann (Germany) - The straight man of the show.

Daniel Lindemann (Germany) – the straight man of the show. He even admits Germany lacks humour.

Enes Kaya (Turkey) - A Korean man from the Joseon era, figuratively.

Enes Kaya (Turkey) – a Korean man from the Joseon era, figuratively. Even the Koreans think he’s more conservative than them. The King of Proverbs.

Guillaume Patry (Canada) - the legendary gamer of O Canada.

Guillaume Patry (Canada) – the legendary gamer of O Canada, who’s broke now.

Julian Quintart (Belgium) - the chatterbox. Scare off his opponents with his loud voice and spits.

Julian Quintart (Belgium) – the chatterbox. Scare off his opponents with his loud voice and spits.

Robin Deiana (France) - the cute and sensitive boy. A lover of peace.

Robin Deiana (France) – the cute and sensitive boy. A lover of peace.

Takuya Terada - K-pop idol of group, Cross Gene. He might be smiling, but he's really cursing you inside.

Takuya Terada – K-pop idol of group, Cross Gene. He might be smiling, but he’s really cursing you inside.

Tyler Rasch (USA) - the brainiac and walking encyclopedia who attack fellow cast members with difficult vocabularies.

Tyler Rasch (USA) – the brainiac and walking encyclopaedia who confuses fellow cast members with difficult vocabularies.

The Chinese nationalist. Apparently, he was voted as the most charismatic by middle aged SK women.

Zhang Yuan (China) – the Chinese nationalist. Apparently, he was voted as the most charismatic by middle aged SK women.

The 11th seat is now reserved for interning country representatives as of November 3, 2014.

Left the Game:

Daniel Snoeks (Australia) - The friendly, tattooed model. Also, youngest of the group.

Daniel Snoeks (Australia) – The friendly, tattooed model. Also, youngest of the group.

James Hooper (United Kingdom) - Among one of youngest to climb Mount Everest. Also a dirty (yet smooth) talker (in British English).

James Hooper (United Kingdom) – Among one of youngest to climb Mount Everest. Also a dirty (yet smooth) talker (in British English).

The Hosts:

The hosts of the show (from left to right) - Jun Hyunmoo, Yoo Seyoon, and Sung Sikyung.

The hosts of the show (from left to right) – Jun Hyunmoo, Yoo Seyoon, and Sung Sikyung.

Should definitely give this show a try.  Who knows?  Maybe it will help to trigger some writer inspirations.

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