Kim Jung-A and her kids Marion and James just made a triumphant return to the BBC, three years after an their surprise appearance became one of the more enduring viral videos in recent memory. You may not recognize their names, but you’d certainly remember the clip of Robert Kelly, the patriarch of the family, giving a live interview when his four-year-old traipsed in followed immediately by the nine-month-old in a baby walker and then their mom, desperately trying to wrangle the pair.
Kelly is a professor at Busan National University in South Korea, a country that has handled the coronavirus outbreak extremely well. He discussed its response in a recent appearance on Sky News that disappointed because his kids didn’t barge into the room.
Thankfully, the BBC corrected the oversight and invited the whole gang to sit down for an interview. The kids, now four and seven years old, respectively, are there and as fidgety as ever, hugging dad, waving to the camera, and generally squirming around. The older one even makes an early exit through the same door he made that fateful entrance through.
omg our favourite family have returned to bbc world news pic.twitter.com/lP7vIqD37V
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) March 26, 2020
BBC anchor Scott Bryan first asks Kim what it’s been like for her family to follow the strictures of social isolation in Korea.
“It’s very difficult to stay in the house for a long time,” she said. “We go to the playground, trying to stay far away from the people. And a couple of times a week we hike the hill. This is spring in Korea so we try to go see the flowers and trees.” All sound advice that families around the world can use.
The next question is for Kelly, and it’s on the subject of how the country as a whole has handled the measures.
“I think social compliance here has been very high. You don’t see the kind of stuff that you’ve seen in the United States with people having beach days, people refusing to stay off the subways, and stuff like that,” he replied. “I mean South Koreans have actually responded really well and that’s why the curve has flattened, right. I mean, the cases are down now to only 100a day so it’s actually been pretty successful.”
After getting through this cogent answer while his kids made noise around him — like a real pro — Kelly apologized for them.
“No, you must never apologize, that’s one thing you can never apologize for now,” Bryan replied, a lesson that everyone working from home would do well to learn.