An Assumption about Habits and the Human Brain

by: Raine

I’ve always been fascinated by the human brain’s ability to run an extremely complex organic system as well as control thought, reasoning, and emotions (blah, blah, blah…). I honestly don’t know much about the brain save what I learned in college and a few seminars in grad school. (How much of that do I ACTUALLY remember? Heehee…) But what I do know was that yesterday, my own brain blew my mind.Continue reading “An Assumption about Habits and the Human Brain”

Classical Music in Pop Culture: Libertango

by: Raine

I would like to share a piece that I love that was included in the 2008 K-drama, Beethoven Virus, starring Kim Myung-min, Lee Ji-ah and Jang Geun-suk. When the cellist, Jung Hee-yun (Song Ok-sook), began to play this stellar work, I was ecstatic to see a solo cellist on the small screen.Continue reading “Classical Music in Pop Culture: Libertango”

Classical Music in Pop Culture: Introduction

by: Raine

(Nodame and Chiaki in the anime “Nodame Cantabile”)

This blog series was inspired by a conversation with thejawavillager. We were talking about music and I decided to share a link to a piece that I love. I thought at that moment, “Wow. The music I love is in the media that many people love. Now I can share classical music with others in a way that they can understand and appreciate.”Continue reading “Classical Music in Pop Culture: Introduction”

About Raine


Hi hi! I’m Raine or Lisa Espinosa in real life. I’m a blogger, journalist, and correspondent about anything and everything Hallyu and Korean culture. I started out as just a blogger on the good ol’ Dichotomy in 2011 and over the years I’ve expanded to doing so many fun things.

In 2013, I joined HanCinema as a drama and film reviewer and have been there ever since. In October, 2015 HanCinema sent me as its representative to Korea for the Korea Joa 2015 program. I experienced the culture, food, and language as well as attend the 2015 Busan International Film Festival, Gangnam Music Festival, One K Concert. I sat down for interviews with the Director General of KOFICE, two Yonhap journalists, Dabit, and SISTAR.

In January 2016 I joined team Soompi writing about K-pop, and creating fun quizzes and polls about everything Hallyu.

Hallyu has me on an amazing journey. Follow me on Raine’s Dichotomy, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see where my journalistic adventures lead me! Also expect to see a few things about my real life including cello, classical music, learning Korean, and anything else that strikes my fancy. That real life includes my cellist pursuits, my day job in a publishing company, and my very lovely role as a kitty mommy of two.

K-Drama OSTs : Who’s the Composer?!!!

by: Raine

I really like K-dramas and I really like music. I watch/read about/write about K-dramas every day. I play/teach/practice music every day. So when there is a kick-ass K-drama with a rockin’ OST, I can have my cake and eat it too.Continue reading “K-Drama OSTs : Who’s the Composer?!!!”

K-drama tunes, ‘cello style: “Hello, Hello”

by: Raine

–Welcome to “K-drama tunes, ‘cello style” where Raine takes a tune and spins it for an instrument that was cool when Bach rocked.–

The 'cello man who is stoked for the first installment of K-drama tunes.

Today’s tune hails from the 2010 drama, Mary Stayed Out All Night, starring Jang Geun-seok, Moon Geun-young and Kim Jae-wook.Continue reading “K-drama tunes, ‘cello style: “Hello, Hello””

Directors, Producers, and Screenwriters I like

by: Raine

I started this list because I wanted to see the patterns in the production of shows that I particularly enjoy. I’ve included some dramas that I haven’t yet seen but I would like to see.

This list will be updated as I move through my queue of things to watch.

Continue reading “Directors, Producers, and Screenwriters I like”