Gilmore Girls, Lane Kim and Asian Americans on Television: Background information when reading Yolk

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Yolk

by Mary Choi

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Gilmore Girls, Lane Kim and Asian Americans on Television

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In Mary H.K. Choi's Yolk, June is particularly fond of the Warner Brothers (WB) Network television series Gilmore Girls. At first glance, the show seems like a somewhat anachronistic and unlikely pop culture presence in the novel. Set in Connecticut, it first aired in 2000; Choi's characters June and Jayne, Korean American sisters living in contemporary New York City, are only a few years out of high school, meaning they may have been too young to watch the show at the time it was originally broadcast. However, as Jayne explains it, their family didn't have cable, so instead of watching television, they marathoned the Gilmore Girls and Friends box sets over and over on a DVD player their father purchased on sale from Costco. The show is a marker of their working-class immigrant upbringing, in which their parents sought to save money while pouring their attention into the family business and the girls spent time alone finding ways to entertain themselves. It also holds further layers of...

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