“Wife’s Memory” Korean Web Comic Viral with Chinese Netizens

"Wife's Memory" Korean web comic.

Translated below was the most popular microblog post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo Monday (and through much of Tuesday, by a huge margin).

It is by @妖妖小精, whom chinaSMACK fans may remember as the Chinese netizen who translated a Korean TV program about a faithful dog.

Two months ago, she had over 1.5m followers. She now has over 2m followers.

The microblog post is her Chinese translation of a Korean web comic, about a man living with the ghost (“memory spirit”, “echo”) of his wife who had Alzheimer’s Disease and one day died in a fire. At present, the post has over 130k upvotes, has been reshared over 530k times, and has over 77k comments.

We have translated it into English…

Comments from Sina Weibo:

@妖妖小精: My Wife’s Memory [alternatively, “Memory of My Wife”] – Living together with one’s dead wife for three years…

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Comments from Sina Weibo:

小虚LE:

Dammit, I cried.

DonEvaristo:

After my mom died, my dad very quickly married a new wife, had a new child, and a new life, no longer missing her. In this new family, I didn’t feel any sense of belonging, my heart like a lonely house, the outside wind tearing at it. It has already been over 10 years now, and I still haven’t gotten over my mom’s death. Perhaps it is time that has forgotten to take me away. Mom, I miss you. I will be stronger, and try harder.

标准吃货一只鋒:

Why do I feel like the wife didn’t open the door because she no longer wanted to be a burden on her family? [悲伤][悲伤][悲伤][悲伤][悲伤][悲伤][悲伤]

Skinnner:

There are winter jasmine flowers in my courtyard, that my wife planted before she passed away, and now they cover the pavillion. [泪] I cried like a stupid cunt. QAQ

吃货小姐mocmoc:

Those who didn’t read the comic before first poking into the comments to see if it is scary or not, click upvote.

[Note: The Korean web comic has had scary stories before that @妖妖小精 has translated and shared onto Sina Weibo in the past.]

非零是个梦想家:

When the wife wanted to open the door to escape, she remembered what her daughter had said, that only when she stays put at home does she not cause trouble… [泪][泪][泪] Even with dementia, she didn’t want to be a burden on her family…

睡过头的洋仔:

Goddammit, but the master [monk] sure had a long life!

邹sansam:

Would definitely be very touching if it was made into a movie.

你猜我偷走了哪个:

I came in to post spam and ended up crying. [悲伤]

妖妖小精233:

[泪] Thank you everyone for commenting and resharing this. It has made staying up all night [translating this] last night worth it.

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  • Rick in China

    That was pretty gruelling to get through. I’m sure some may find it touching in some way, in a general “live each day” type way, but I think it’s just a weird take on a really serious disease. There are so many better stories of inspiration and appreciation in any language, not sure why this person chose to translate this long/weird one..unless they just trying to buy some interest by using an illness affecting tens of mllions and their loved ones without being entirely appreciative of the actual symptoms and stages present. “Forgot she could open the door or call for help”..yeah.

  • Irvin

    First of all, thank you, chainsmack for the translation. Your work is appreciated.

    However, I’m baffled at why this story got so many viewers and upvotes. The plot device was weird and the plot holes are pretty hard to swallow.

    In addition, just what IS the moral of this story? Learn to let go? Don’t let go and kill yourself 12 years later? Being a wife is hard? Alzheimer is a bitch? After life exists?

    All I got out of it is: koreans can think up some weird shit and chinese swallow them all up.

    • Don’t Believe the Hype

      the moral of the story was more men should clean the dishes

      • lacompacida

        Moral of the story is “Buy a disk washer”.

        • b duck

          moral of the story is: man should iron…

          • Irvin

            LIES!!! who’s gonna burn the house down then?

    • Sw Lei

      I’m a so called asian so can tell u, that the moral of this story is mainly about cherishing ur beloved ones before it’s too late. PS: not all chinese swalow korean shit.

    • Guang Xiang

      It might be an Asian thing? The whole working man while the wife who does the house chores gets unappreciated. Then the whole burden to the family and stuff like that.

    • Kai

      Moral of the story is to cherish your loved ones and not take them for granted.

      Have you ever seen the movie, The Notebook? I remember a every woman and their mom testifying to how much that movie made them cry. I didn’t, but with this comic, ‘dem onions, mang!

      As with everything, everyone reacts differently, and perhaps their current mood, their subjective sensitivities or abilities to sympathize or empathize, or their own life experiences will influence how likely they are to be touched by the story told. For example, I didn’t think the plot device was weird and I didn’t really notice any plot holes. I was frankly really impressed by the storytelling, and the kB editors Anna and Minjun tell us this series was pretty well-received by Korean netizens on Naver as well. Shrug.

      As far as Koreans thinking up weird shit, I feel there are better examples. LoL.

    • mr.wiener

      Try this one one for size…scary arsed Korean animation.

      Do not have the sound turned up too high for this.

      http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn;jsessionid=284C96558A7D2A64EBA0F84468B786C2?titleId=350217&no=31

  • Mojo

    Funny that westerners don’t get this story, and Chinese people. I guess its an Asian thing….

    • Don’t Believe the Hype

      ur right, this is so deep, westerners couldn’t possibly understand

      • lacompacida

        Just like logic, some people just couldn’t get it.

    • Jay

      I’m “Western” and I get this, stop making general accusations!

  • Apothis

    Depressing,incredibly sad, captivating and weird all at the same time. Well done from a literary standpoint. ( And this westerner gets it),

    • Anna Wong

      That man is a fool for regretting something he cannot change and They should have put her in nursing home!!!

      I already had an agreement with my mum, once she got dementia she’ll go
      to nursing home where there’ll be a nurse looking after her for 24hours.

      We simply cannot spend too much time attending people with dementia as
      it would interfere with our lives, goal and future especially when we
      have job & kids to focus on. No that’s not cruel, that’s called tolerance!!
      I told my kids the same thing! Don’t waste their time to look after demented me! Focus on what they can do/changes, not moving backwards and regretting what they cannot change Dementia -> Nursing home.

      • miakotamatsue

        How much does nursing home cost? Can anyone afford nursing home? I am curious.

    • Anna Wong

      why cry?
      That man was a fool! so do the whole family! They should have put their mum in nursing home, to have someone care for her 24/7. Had they done that, she’d still be alive!
      Also why mourning something that you can’t change! Get a life and move on! Life must go on! I told my kids the same thing. Don’t focus on myself when I get demented. Put me in nursing home, so my kids can focus on their life & job because that’s more important than looking after some demented old people who cannot be cured.

  • lacompacida

    I hope Chinese realize now that force feeding do not create soft power. Soft power attracts, rather than chases. Forced is not soft.

    • Don’t Believe the Hype

      that is not how the tribute system is supposed to work.

    • Insomnicide

      Wrong article.

      • donscarletti

        No, I think it’s deliberate.

        Look at the soft power that South Korea is gaining in Asia right now. Korean soap operas, Korean BBQ, K-Pop, all insanely popular in Asia, especially in China. In China, Korean celebrities have more selling power than Chinese ones and far more than any western ones.

        Compared to that, China just inspires some Three Kingdoms movies and video games in Japan and Korea and some Panda cartoons in the west (as well as Mummy 3), none of which involve any Chinese in production and all of which are made better than the Chinese ever made with the same source material.

        That 金秀贤 as they call him here, Kim Su Yun maybe? Anyway, the one with a boy’s head on a man’s body just seems to be plastered on everything. The woman from the same show with the fantastic body and below-average face (the kind that expats usually chase) 全智贤 is on just as many, sometimes just a face shot which leaves me puzzled.

        Now, we’ll look past the Koreans propensity of hating everything and everyone that isn’t Korean, and we’ll just look at Japan, South East Asia and the west. Who are the Mainland Chinese that people want on their cereal box? To most Asians, pretty much none (HK and Taiwan celebrities are huge still), but Westerners like Yao Ming, Jet Li and Li Na, but in very limited amounts and certainly not every day. Even the Chinese don’t want to see their own celebrates when they can have pinhead and butterface instead. This all means power for Korea.

        So the end result is, China now cannot justify to its people not supporting South Korea, which is very important when South Korea has to deal with the north. However, nobody outside of China seems to be sympathetic to China in the slightest, even when China is in the right.

        • Eidolon

          Don’t make the mistake of thinking that enjoying a country’s food and entertainment equates to sympathy for that country. Chinese and Koreans love Japanese pop culture and food, but when it comes to politics, they are not going to support Japan just because they watch anime and eat sushi. The same applies the other way around – K-pop was/is pretty big in Japan, but does that stop Japanese politicians and netizens from dumping on Korea when it suits them?

          Absolutely not.

          East Asians are, in fact, one of the finest examples of the difference between soft and hard power. Japan has played the soft power game for decades, but at the end of the day, their government is still hated in China and Korea, and vice versa.

        • b duck

          you just think too much!
          korean ugly plastic surgeried stars are mainly for low class women and girls.
          you can not say korean food in china is at high level restaurants either.
          the world is getting smaller and smaller, it’s like cutural combine. you can take a look around the world, china brings more to other countries.

        • Anark1

          That so called soft power is only big among teenage girls in early 20s. Is it big enough to be influential to the public opinion on Korea? No.

          • nita

            Public opinion is meaningless. All that matters is money, and Korean entertainment (which I agree with you is insipid) and companies (Samsung, LG, Hyundai) are making plenty of it. In comparison, I can’t even think of one Chinese brand that is well respected internationally. As Alec Baldwin said in Glengarry Glen Ross, “ABC. Always Be Closing.”

          • Alex Dương

            These things take time. I don’t think Samsung, LG, and Hyundai were as well reputed as they are now even ten years ago.

          • nita

            China’s had plenty of time, and an advantage of what, 200 times the amount of people? They really don’t have an excuse for not even having one high quality global brand. I wouldn’t say Samsung is really a shining example of good business, as it’s well known that a big part of their business growth strategy is infringing other companies’ patents and entering markets cheaper (the original Samsung Galaxy was disgustingly similar to iphone). But still, they’ve made some good innovations since then and have established themselves as a high quality brand. The Korean and Japanese work ethic is seriously no joke. They have a ferocious drive to succeed in business. The Chinese just cannot compare.

          • Kai

            Right now. Just as Americans thought the Japanese just cannot compare at one point in time, and just as the Japanese thought the Koreans just cannot compare at another point in time. Where countries are now is necessarily shaped by history, so your argument of “plenty of time” doesn’t take into account how history unfolded to benefit one country while setting back another. China has the advantage of 200x the people, but it also has the disadvantage of 200x the people. China, in many many ways, is not comparable to Korea or Japan right now, no question about it, but we have to be careful and not let hurbis lull us into thinking that will always be the case.

          • nita

            Japan and Korea are different from China because they were historically capitalist. A long history of Communism does culturally stifle creativity and affect work ethic.

            Second, China is not a democracy and it’s legal and financial systems are arbitrary and rife with corruption. Not a good environment for entrepreneurs and innovators. Unless all those things change, China will not succeed at building global brands.

            Third, China is not some helpless baby. It is the largest country in the world, and it played the primary role in how its history played out if it’s at some disadvantage to other countries (which I don’t think it is).

          • Alex Dương

            Japan and Korea are different from China because they were historically capitalist. A long history of Communism does culturally stifle creativity and affect work ethic.

            This is very confused. China’s “long history of Communism” is 30 years from 1949 to 1978. Japan and Korea weren’t any more “historically capitalist” than China was.

          • nita

            You mean to say that starting from 1979, China had free markets? That’s news to me. Even now it doesn’t have free markets.

          • Alex Dương

            Your mistake is viewing economies dichotomously as either “centrally planned” or “free markets.” Most economies in the world today are mixed, and China is no exception. I hope you realize that if China had a “centrally planned” economy with no market element whatsoever, then you would never be able to haggle with shopkeepers. The government would set the price, and it would be take-it-or-leave-it.

          • nita

            You’re the one who inexplicably said China stopped being Communist in 1979, when most of China’s economy has been state owned for many years since then. That’s not just a simple “mixed economy”. And Communism is not just about central planning. It’s an ideology that is diametrically opposed to entrepreneurship, and that sort of cultural indoctrination doesn’t go away that easily.

          • Alex Dương

            You’re still very confused.

            1. Communism is a package deal: it’s both an economic (central planning) and a political (one-party dictatorship) system. If you drop the economic system but keep the political system, then you’re not Communist; you’re “just” authoritarian. Otherwise, you could say Pinochet was a Communist, which is ridiculous.

            2. It’s a continuum between pure central planning and pure free markets. Just because most economies in the world today are mixed doesn’t mean everyone has the same mix. But it’s wrong to say that China is a “Communist economy.” It isn’t. If it were, then you wouldn’t be able to haggle with shopkeepers. The government would set all prices, and they’d be take-it-or-leave-it.

            3. China was not “Communist” before 1949. You are vastly overstating China’s history of Communism.

          • nita

            No. You are very confused.

            1. You are arbitrarily defining “not Communism” by being able to haggle with street vendors. There were private vendors in all Communist countries, even under Mao and Stalin. That doesn’t mean those countries were not Communist.

            2. I’m not saying China currently is Communist. I’m saying you are wrong that it suddenly stopped being Communist in 1979.

            3. 1949 is a long time ago.

          • Alex Dương

            Haggling is an example that easily demonstrates that China is not Communist today. You agree, or at the very least, you “aren’t saying China currently is.”

            I said Communism is a package deal that involves both an economic (central planning) and a political (one-party dictatorship) system. China kept the political system but dropped the economic system in 1978. Therefore, it ceased to be Communist after 1978.

            You disagree. Fine. Why was China still Communist after Deng initiated the reforms in 1978?

          • nita

            Economic reform doesn’t mean ditching the economic system. There were plenty of economic reforms prior to 1979 as well.

          • Alex Dương

            So a Communist country can have market elements in its economy?

          • nita

            Yes. As I said before, there were market elements under both Mao and Stalin.

          • Alex Dương

            If a Communist country can have market elements in its economy, then what makes a country “Communist”?

          • Probotector

            China is still somewhat politically Communist, even though they’ve pretty much dropped it economically. The Communist party still rules, and therefore at least some tenants of its ideology remain, if only to somehow make the CCP remain relevant. However, they’ve given over much more to nationalism these days, so you are mostly correct. It’s a strange circumstance, unique to China’s situation of political development.

          • Kai

            Yes, I agree that a history of Communism will affect a society. That however doesn’t change the validity of my point. China can’t compare “right now”, and what you said has been said of the Japanese and Koreans before.

            The reason China can’t compare right now is because history unfolded in a way that has set it back in certain ways that didn’t set Japan or Korea back in the same ways. Why were the Japanese behind the Americans? Why were the Koreans behind the Japanese? Why is China behind Korea? It isn’t (or at least shouldn’t be) hard to see the reasons.

            Sure, I agree that China’s legal and financial systems can be arbitrary and rife with corruption, and that has a negative influence on entrepreneurship and innovation.

            Sure, China isn’t a helpless baby, and no one said it was. It is however dishonest to not recognize that it faced and faces challenges and historical circumstances that other countries did and do not face.

            I’m looking at your arguments and I’m not seeing how they refute what I’m saying. Can you reiterate to me what your core thesis/argument is? If it helps, perhaps you can also state in your own words what you think my core thesis/argument is. Hopefully I’ll have a better idea of what you’re trying to say and to what extent I may or may not disagree.

          • nita

            My core argument is that China is ultimately responsible for the way its own history unfolded and where it is now. Every country has faced challenges. You think Korea had it easy historically as a tiny country? You think Israel has it easy as a tiny country being surrounded by hostile countries and having rockets thrown at it for the past 60 some years? Yet the largest country in the world is somehow a victim of history. I don’t buy that. WRT the Japanese atrocities, yes. WRT the overall history, no.

          • Kai

            There’s your problem. You think I think China is the only victim of history. It isn’t. I simply think China has challenges that are different and thus complicate direct comparisons with other countries, which is what you were doing. Same if we were comparing Korea to Japan. Same if we were comparing Japan to the United States.

            The argument that China is ultimately responsible for itself is one I’ve made many times in the past. China is ultimately responsible to itself to avoid being victimized by imperialism and colonialism. China is ultimately responsible to itself for making the right decisions for itself. All in the same way that a rape victim is also ultimately responsible to herself for not being able to fend off her attacker. The important thing is to note that “responsibility to oneself” here doesn’t mean the person who did anything to you is off the hook, it just means we are all ultimately responsible for protecting and advancing our own interests. China is ultimately responsible in that way, just as every other country is. When 9/11 happened, the United States was ultimately responsible for not preventing it and not preventing others from having an excuse to attack it. It may even be ultimately responsible for giving others reason to attack it.

            That still doesn’t change the fact that 9/11 happened to the United States and has shaped the country in ways that make certain comparisons to other countries not entirely fair. When Japanese goods were inferior to American goods, their history should be accounted for. When Korean goods were inferior to Japanese goods, their history should be accounted for. When Chinese goods are inferior to Korean goods, its history should be accounted for. I don’t think my position is assailable. It’s pretty logical.

          • nita

            Your comments about rape victims and 9/11 are disgusting. First, a rape victim =/= the world’s largest country. (You compare China to a rape victim but claim you’re not trying to say China is a victim. Right, okay). Second, to say that the US is responsible for “not preventing others from having an excuse to attack it and/or giving people a reason to attack it” wrt 9/11 is despicable beyond words. I remember you once saying you played Oregon Trail in school or something. If you hate the US so much (and that comment is pure hatred, nothing less), you shouldn’t live here or go to school here. I have nothing further to say to you.

          • Kai

            If you think my comments about rape victims and 9/11 are disguesting, it just tells me you’re not actually reading what I’m saying about “ultimate responsibility”.

            I never said a rape victim = the world’s largest country. I was using it as an analogy to illustrate the limits of “ultimate responsibility”.

            My analogy IS comparing China to a rape victim insofar as both have suffered something at the hands of others that has shaped how they are now, yet both can also be argued to be “ultimately responsible” for their history and decisions.

            I never claimed that I’m not trying to say China is a victim. I said it isn’t the “only victim”.

            Why does my point about 9/11 make you think I “hate the US so much”? I don’t hate the US so much and what I said about 9/11 shouldn’t suggest I do. How are you different than the last translated commenter in the recent story about the American Canyon earthquake who said:

            If you fenqing dislike your own country this much, you can figure out a way to get lost off to America. No one is stopping you.

            9/11 happened to the United States for a number of reasons. Part of it is because there are people who have grievances with it and are willing to kill innocent people to address their grievances. Part of it is because the American intelligence and security apparatus failed to foil the plot, thus resulting in innocent people dying. The reason we have an intelligence and security apparatus is because we intrinsically understand we ARE “ultimately responsible” to ourselves for our own well-being and interests. We ARE “ultimately responsible” to ourselves when it comes to defending and advancing OUR interests.

            The Qing Dynasty government was bullied and exploited by foreign imperialist powers because it couldn’t protect itself and its interests. The foreign imperialist powers shouldn’t have bullied and exploited the Chinese but if they are going to, then the Chinese have to figure out how to protect themselves. The Chinese cannot just protest and condemn the foreign imperialist powers hoping they will stop. This is the premise upon why China seeks to become strong, because it is taking ultimate responsibility for its own protection and interests.

            Likewise, a rape victim is being irresponsible to oneself if they just lie there protesting being raped and refusing to take it upon oneself to minimize one’s victimization and possible future victimization. Saying the rape victim has some responsibility to oneself is not absolving the guilt of the rapist. It is just being realistic. This is why women take it upon themselves to learn self-defense courses, and make prudent decisions about the situations they find themselves in. They are taking ultimate responsibility for themselves.

            Rethink your knee-jerk reaction and consider the logic involved. China has suffered things at the hands of others for which it bears some ultimate responsibility for. Same for the US and same for rape victims. I have been very clear that this fact is not intended to suggest those guilty of infringing upon others are suddenly blameless or no longer morally reprehensible. They are. This fact is just meant to point out the limits of your core argument that “China is ultimately responsible for the way its own history unfolded and where it is now.”

            LIMITS.

            Why? Because those limits are what undermine your comparison of China to Korea. Think logically.

          • Alex Dương

            You respect the Koreans now, and you take their work ethic for granted. But as Kai pointed out, the Japanese once thought of the Koreans the way you think of the Chinese not that long ago. Samsung et al. have been “global brands” for some time, but it was only in the last five years that they went up from “value” to “premium.”

          • Brido227

            Japan and Korea are relatively small countries with small internal markets so a focus on external markets makes commercial sense. China is one-fifth of the sum total of humanity, so a massive chunk of the global market is right there on their own doorstep.

            The internal markets within China are every bit as ferociously cut-throat as anything in Japan and Korea – perhaps more so, given the relative lack of effective enforcement of property rights.

            Since you’ve quoted the iPhone, you might also want to look at how many times Apple have infringed other peoples’ IP. It seems to be a standard business practice in large IT companies to outspend smaller competition on legal fees.

          • nita

            Nope, Apple does not infringe patents, it comes out with industry changing products like iPod and iphone itself. Samsung on the other hand, makes it a primary business practice to infringe patents and undercut competitors while dragging on the litigation. It didn’t just do this to Apple but other companies as well, like Ericsson and Sharp. Even the freaking Hague has ruled against Samsung on patent infringement.

            Also, China’s “ferocious Internal competition” is nothing compared to international competition and the ability to compete with the best worldwide. It just isn’t.

          • Brido227

            A California jury believed Apple do infringe patents http://m.ft.com/cms/s/0/e91dd5e6-d25c-11e3-8b5b-00144feabdc0.html

            The Chinese market is the largest and most congested national market in the world just by virtue of size on both supply and demand side. High School maths, basically.

          • nita

            Wow, one exmaple. That totally makes Apple the same as Samsung. Said no one ever.

          • Brido227

            One example is all it takes to disprove your assertion that, “Nope, Apple does not infringe patents.” Clearly, they do.

            You’re not very good at this, are you?

          • nita

            No, I just assumed that people would not be dumb enough to take that literally, instead of reading the sentence as a whole to say that Apple relies on innovating instead of infringing patents for its main business strategy like Samsung does. Clearly I was mistaken.

          • Brido227

            Mistaken in the sense of “wrong and now furiously backpedaling”, yes.

            Now that you’ve admitted Apple do steal patented technology from other companies, what is it about their IP theft that’s superior to Samsung’s?

          • nita

            Yes, I admit that a multi-billion dollar company such as Apple has occasionally infringed a patent. Is that supposed to be some brilliant finding or something? As to why Apple is different from Samsung, which has built its entire business off stealing technology from the US, Europe, and Japan, go ask the Hague.

          • Brido227

            And my question? What makes IP theft outrageous when Samsung do it but meh when Apple do it? Why is it less IP-theft-ey when Apple do it?

          • nita

            I already answered that question.

          • Brido227

            No, you didn’t. You wrote, “Go ask the Hague.” That’s a response, not an answer.

            What is the difference – in your your own words – between Apple’s IP theft and Samsung’s that makes Apple’s easy to shrug off but Samsung’s morally-repugnant? Why is The Hague’s judgement superior to that of a Court in Apple’s home country?

          • nita

            There is a difference between a multi-billion dollar company occasionally infringing a patent (which they all do) and one that makes it their business to knowingly and egregiously steal technology to make a cheaper product and gain market share, while dragging the litigation on with countersuits and other legal shenanigans. This is a pattern with Samsung. They did this with Sharp when it stole LCD technology from Sharp and then undercut Sharp’s flat screen TV business. They stole plasma TV technology from Pioneer then undercut its business. They stole camera technology from Kodak, they stole phone technology from Ericsson, and they practically copied the iPhone with Galaxy 1. And the Hague is important because it found against Samsung several times, not just against Apple. Also, if you were to count the number of patent infringement cases Samsung has lost or settled around the world (including in Korea), it would be a whole lot more than anyone else in the industry.

          • Brido227

            So what’s the threshold? We’ve established that stealing IP a couple of times is no biggie so how many times suddenly makes it A Bad Thing?

            At what point will Apple, if it carries on stealing other companies’ IP, become as Bad And Wrong as Samsung is now?

          • nita

            If Apple were to steal IP as systematically and often as Samsung, then it would be as bad as Samsung. Seems pretty straightforward.

          • Brido227

            What’s the number? At what precise point does ok IP theft turn into bad IP theft?

            How many times does a company need to do it to become in the wrong?

          • nita

            The amount of times and systematic way that Samsung does it is wrong, period. Under the law, you could be sentenced to community service for one count of a crime but jail for four counts or a pattern. You can be hit with punitive damages for intentional torts but not unintentional ones. In the law, counts matter. Intent matters.

            I’m not going to go round and round in circles with you while you desperately try to justify their actions by saying, “See, but everyone does it just a little bit, so IT’S ALL THE SAME.” No, it’s not.

          • Brido227

            Hey, no need to get all defensive. You’ve won the argument and convinced me.

            All I need to know is the precise point I should switch from giving my custom to a perfectly-normal and acceptable IP thief to refusing to deal with an outrageous and unacceptable IP thief.

          • nita

            If you’re asking a random disqus poster what your personal moral standards should be, you’ve got bigger problems than trying to defend Samsung.

          • Brido227

            Ah, but this about the absoluteness of Samsung’s being in the wrong for nicking ideas and not any personal moral qualms.

            Apple right/Samsung wrong, remember?

          • nita

            Finally you are getting it. Great.

          • Alex Dương

            You seem to like to view the world in 0/1-black/white extremes.

          • hiten

            Just ignore him, he got nothing better to do in real life. Let him vent his frustration online :)

          • Anark1

            Well, I’m not saying China currently has any of these soft power, but I don’t think these kind of stuff really matters to most ordinary people. Most people around me don’t care about about Korean entertainment nor do they own a Samsung phone. On the other hand, Let’s say if there was a diplomatic dispute between the two countries tomorrow, I guarantee you people’s attitudes towards these stuff would start to change. However, a country’s economical and political influences will always be there whether you like it or not.

  • These onions mang

    • Insomnicide

      I’ve just got some dust in my eyes.

    • ClausRasmussen

      Agreed. And thank you ChinaSMACK for translating this

  • b duck

    ????
    i do not get it at all!
    i wonder why there people they wanna cry even?
    hahahaha!

    • icup

      you have to actually have a heart to actually feel the pain someone goes through… even if it’s just 2d drawing.

      even i got teary eyed and i’m a man.

      • b duck

        what?
        only some drawing you can cry?
        sorry, i am not that emotional.
        love ? man? i believe love from women, men just need sex more.when they are old, of course they do love their partners, because no one gives him a shxx any more.

        • icup

          when you have kids and if by some chance your family dies before you… i’m sure you would shed some tears.

          • b duck

            maybe you are a good woman,i should say!

      • Irvin

        It’s hard to get emotional about something when your neocortex keep screaming at you: “that makes no sense!”

        • icup

          it doesn’t have to make sense for you to feel some aspect of it. the thought of trying to help your loved one and still be unsuccessful in doing so is quite painful.

          • Irvin

            I guess some people’s brain just developed differently than others, for example, things that don’t make sense doesn’t get past my neocortex to proceed to my lizard brain for emotional processing.

          • icup

            i’m sure it would be a boring world if we’re all alike.

          • b duck

            it happened to your wife too?

  • nita

    tl;dr

    • Irvin

      interesting, care to elaborate on that?

      • o0ohahao0o

        it means “too long; didn’t read”

  • KamikaziPilot

    Maybe something was lost in translation but all that effort in reading the whole thing took most of my emotions out of it. If they would have condensed it maybe it would be easier to read and comprehend.

    • Kai

      Did you feel like you were in a rush to read it all to get to the comments? I agree that if you’re in the mindset of trying to get through something, you might not be in the mindset where your emotions can get invested. It’s kinda like trying to finished reading a book in high school but you end up with nothing really soaking in. The series ran for like 5 weeks in Korea, 5 installments released once a week, episodic. I read it all at once though because it was “gripping” for me.

      • KamikaziPilot

        I don’t have a very long attention span when reading something like this. I want to start feeling something right away. After halfway I didn’t feel anything but thought I might as well finish since I invested that much time already. I still didn’t feel much of any emotion at the end. I like things as short as possible and to the point, unless it’s a story that stimulating throughout. I wasn’t really in a rush but I’m a pretty impatient person in general so maybe that had something to do with it.

        • Kai

          Heh, that’s fine, everyone’s different. It hooked me pretty quickly. The first installment wasn’t anything special, pretty typical setting up for the story stuff and ending with a pretty typical “there’s a ghost!” cliffhanger, but I thought the second installment was already pulling on the heartstrings. The onions just got worse as it went on for me.

  • o0ohahao0o

    I liked the beginning but the whole quasi-ghost thing ruined it.

    • Kai

      Really? I thought that was a clever enough plot device, in part to allow the husband to find out what happened the day she died, but also in part to allow the husband to reconnect with his wife and realize how he had taken her for granted without allowing him to actually interact with her, forcing him to confront his regrets and guilt, process them, and wait until his own death to actually make up for them.

  • B*tches, Leave

    Westerners prefer the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE :D

    • Kai

      Heh. Chuckle aside, I don’t think there’s western vs. asian dictates whether or not one can appreciate this story. And the damn ice bucket challenge has been a trending topic on Weibo for ages now. -_-;

  • Cv

    Touching and interesting, to live everyday like this wow.
    Hard to believe but so many stories like this some are real, some are fake.
    Only makes one think there are so many in this world dealing with so many things we never think about until it becomes a storie or movie.

  • mr.wiener

    shit…blasted onions.

  • da_shan223

    picked up the iron by holding the metal portion shortly after it was put away.

  • da_shan223

    a mixture between ghost, the notebook, and maybe the lake house.

  • miss daai

    regrets can’t turn back the clock. learn to treasure loved ones

  • Alv

    ninjas everywhere :'(

  • chucky3176

    Usually I don’t watch that many Korean dramas and I’m not into them at all, but if any of you guys want to watch couple of guaranteed tear jerkers, I’d like to recommend a drama produced in 2011, and a movie released in 2003. These are one of my all time favorites because even if the plots were corny typically found in Korean scripts, they still make you think about your other half. I also love the OST’s as well, so I have a collection of them on my hard drive.

    49 Days (2011) – drama

    The Classic (2003) – movie
    OST 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0JDOMmLM4A
    OST 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt8dj4ClyvM

  • chucky3176

    The movie Lake House was a Hollywood adaptation of the Korean movie “Il Mare”, released in 2000.

    It maybe a deja vu to you because plots where they’re looking back in time, have been common themes in Korean movies.

  • Vincent Tovally

    Thank you for your time to translate it, 妖妖小精233. You are the best.

  • Maximilianus Tjenderasa

    I cry everytime :'(

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  • alison

    Just need 2 wash my eyes..dirty

  • Amused

    Oh dear god, but that was so sad. All those memories of his wife, and none of her blowing him. Just the tragedy of it all is breath taking. At least in “The Notebook” there were some memories of getting freaky, this poor bastard got nada. It’s enough to make a man cry with sympathy….

  • DCkia

    TL:DR

  • PhantomFlash

    how is this a good comic? doesn’t make any sense. memory ghosts? lol

    • Rick in China

      “How is this a good book? doesn’t make any sense. whale swallowed him whole and he lived? lol”

      • PhantomFlash

        lol, that’s your comeback? Ouch.

  • Jay

    Can’t believe no one in these comments mentioned the master/monk or just even 睡过头的洋仔’s comment…. Yeah, is that guy immortal or something? Or was he younger than the dad and his bald head made him look older? So many questions, so little time.

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