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The Ordinary Family?: Adaptation and Mimicry in Vietnamese Transnational Television

  • Author(s): Westmor, Tara M
  • Advisor(s): Schwenkel, Christina
  • et al.
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The television show called “Gia Đìng Là Số 1” (or “Family is Number 1”) was originally produced in South Korea under the title “High Kick” in 2015. The sitcom was recast and reproduced in Vietnam in 2017. Both versions of the show are about a three-generation family who pass through life’s trials and tribulations in humorous ways. Although the Vietnamese version of the show follows the same plot as its Korean counterpoint, there are small differences that highlight the nuanced ways in which comedy reflects specifically Vietnamese ways of life. These differences ultimately highlight what makes this Vietnamese family sitcom singularly unique to Vietnam as well at the same time as it formulates the “ordinary family” in Vietnam.

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