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An Insanely Popular Korean Drama Is Ruining Lives In China

My Love from the Star has such an intense following, it's got its fans acting crazy.

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The show debuted on December 18, 2013 and had an average viewership of 24% in Korea. It then sold to China where it's been viewed online through iQiyi, a Chinese video streaming platform, alone 14.5 billion times.

The premise is catchy: An alien lands 400 years ago in Korea and falls in love. Fast forward to present, he meets his first love's doppelgänger — a haughty starlet, and inevitably falls in love with her too.

The show has sparked all sorts of trends, namely one for chicken and beer as it's the heroine's favorite food combination.

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Resulting in over 3.7 million posts on China's microblogging platform about "chicken and beer" in the weeks following the episode's airing.

Even China's A-list celebrities bought into the trend. Gao Yuan Yuan, a Chinese actress, posted this photo on her Instagram with the caption: "First snow. Where's my fried chicken and beer?"

In Chongqing, a major city in Southwest China, a woman supposedly dumped her boyfriend after he refused to buy her fried chicken in the middle of the night because he wasn't as romantic as the show's leading man.

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Chicken and beer, not such a Ludacris combination, come to think of it.


When Chinese officials met in Beijing this week, the show was the hottest topic of discussion. They debated why China hasn't made a show nearly as popular.

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The CPPCC National Committee even went so far as to deem that the fanaticism sparked by My Love from the Star has hurt the self-respect of Chinese culture.