For a variety of reasons, I have not been keeping up with Viki subbing weirdness for a while. At the moment, life in my part of the Viki-verse is pretty strange all by itself (see end of message).*
Every time I step away from the Viki community and come back, someone “in authority” (with whom subbers and seggers never have direct communication) seems to have made an executive decision without consulting anyone who actually does the work that enables Viki to compete with other “Asianese” streaming platforms.
I thought Viki was a part of Rakuten, not Samsung, but maybe there’s some financial deal between those two “money sources” that the Viki Community doesn’t know about.
Sub-paragraph five million under article three gazillion of a twelve billion page secret agreement: “Viki subbers and seggers may be ignored, overworked, underappreciated, discounted, ridiculed, confused, and otherwise mentally and emotionally messed with by any and everyone at any time for any reason.”
I am very close to getting enough subs done for After School Club to boot me to the next level, but there are days I think, “If I miss my deadline and have to pay to watch Viki, I’m not going to be the ultimate loser, Viki is.”
(And then I watch dramas such as She and Her Perfect Husband or It’s Beautiful Now . . . and I just fall in love all over again with the purity and devotion that shines out of the Viki community on behalf of Asian dramas.)
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*The latest strangeness in my life: I have a friend who is ethnic Chinese who is about fifteen years younger than I am; she went to med school and her husband got a PhD at the university where I went to grad school; she was at the Lunar New Year celebration in Monterrey Park, CA where an elderly Vietnamese man opened fire. She had just left the area where the poor, deranged man started shooting, and she posted fairly quickly on Facebook that she was okay.
I have no idea who in the Viki community might have been there or had family members at that celebration, but that was very sad. I am glad that no politician of any kind has dared to use that horrible incident to gain some kind of advantage over others.