Stills from K-dramas (L-R) Itaewon Class, Crash Landing on You and Start Up, which all broached culturally relevant subjects in 2020. Photo: Netflix, TVN Stills from K-dramas (L-R) Itaewon Class, Crash Landing on You and Start Up, which all broached culturally relevant subjects in 2020. Photo: Netflix, TVN
Stills from K-dramas (L-R) Itaewon Class, Crash Landing on You and Start Up, which all broached culturally relevant subjects in 2020. Photo: Netflix, TVN

Netflix’s Crash Landing on You put Son ye-jin’s strong female character front and centre, while Itaewon Class touched on racism: the K-drama themes from 2020 we hope to see more of this year

Bae Suzy’s character in Start-Up taught us to follow our moral compass and Kim Soo-hyun’s character in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay struggled with others’ mental health issues: the plots we appreciated in 2020

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Stills from K-dramas (L-R) Itaewon Class, Crash Landing on You and Start Up, which all broached culturally relevant subjects in 2020. Photo: Netflix, TVN Stills from K-dramas (L-R) Itaewon Class, Crash Landing on You and Start Up, which all broached culturally relevant subjects in 2020. Photo: Netflix, TVN
Stills from K-dramas (L-R) Itaewon Class, Crash Landing on You and Start Up, which all broached culturally relevant subjects in 2020. Photo: Netflix, TVN
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