South Kore­ans wowed by grandma’s diary of on­line makeup tips, life skills

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

YONGIN, South Korea: She gives tu­to­ri­als on ap­ply­ing makeup so as to re­sem­ble Amy Wine­house, among oth­ers, and posts videos of at­tempts to try new ac­tiv­i­ties such as kayak­ing, all spiced with a touch of hu­mor. Meet South Korea’s Park Mak-rye, a sprightly 70-year-old whose Youtube chan­nel “Grandma’s Diary”, has made her a so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion, draw­ing more than 277,000 sub­scribers. Park made her Youtube de­but in Jan­uary, when her grand-daugh­ter’s video trav­el­ogue of their trip to Cairns in north­east Aus­tralia went vi­ral.

It showed Park touch­ing a kan­ga­roo, div­ing on the Great Bar­rier Reef in a hel­met that let her walk un­der­wa­ter, and splash­ing through the Cairns Esplanade La­goon in a Santa Claus cap. “One day my grand­daugh­ter filmed me in a few videos, and she must have up­loaded them,” Park told Reuters at her home in Yongin, on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal, Seoul. “About 20 days later, she tells me ‘Granny, we hit the jack­pot!’”

Park’s grand­daugh­ter, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said she up­loaded the video to help teach her a new skill and com­mu­ni­cate on­line. Its surg­ing pop­u­lar­ity helped con­vince Park to upload more of her per­sonal sto­ries. Park’s most pop­u­lar video, ti­tled “Go­ing to the den­tist and mar­ket makeup look”, in which she dons black eye­liner and red lip­stick, has drawn more than 1.8 mil­lion views.

She now has 43 videos on her Youtube chan­nel, with more than 108,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram. Fans have crossed the coun­try to visit Park at the restau­rant she has run for more than four decades, and she has re­con­nected with old friends.

In­ter­net pen­e­tra­tion in South Korea is 89 per­cent, a 2017 re­port by the Reuters In­sti­tute for the Study of Journalism shows. But just un­der a quar­ter of those in their 70s know how to use the in­ter­net, a 2016 poll by a gov­ern­ment agency showed. Park’s story of­fers ev­i­dence of her fresh lease on life. Hun­dreds of fans flocked to her first live makeup show in Seoul on Sun­day, cheer­ing her as she waved smil­ingly back. “I thought I would end up liv­ing in the shadow for my en­tire life with­out ever see­ing light, but it is fi­nally full of sun­shine,” she said. —Reuters

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