'The Chair': Sandra Oh's First Korean-Named Character in 25-Year Career
The Chair released on Netflix on August 20, 2021, and is the eye-opening tale of a woman named Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh), who is the newly appointed chair of the English department at Pembroke University. Meanwhile, Oh is an exceptionally talented actress with numerous accolades to her name, including 12 Emmy nominations. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Oh revealed that Ji-Yoon marks the very first character she has played that has a Korean name.
Ultimately, change is slow … but yes, the character’s name is Ji-Yoon Kim, and that was the first time I played a character who has a Korean name. Oh doesn’t focus on the sadness of how long it took to reach this relatively simple milestone. Though it sounds like a lot of work, Oh simply accepts it as part of her “job” in normalizing representation.
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