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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

I Love Dramas

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 22:15 (YESTERDAY)


  4. The TV is on. Peter sees the title of a drama series: "The Good Doctor".


  5. PETER (Turning to his WIFE and DAUGHTER): Who's watching this?.


  6. DAUGHTER: Me. I watched its Japanese version while I was in UK.


  7. Peter surfs the web with his smart phone.


  8. PETER: The US version we're watching now derives from a popular K-drama.


  9. PETER (V.O.): I saw similar Mainland Chinese dramas, when my younger son began reading Medicine.


  10. Peter continues to watch the drama.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is the story a true one?


  12. Wondering.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Can a person with autism spectrum disorder become a resident surgeon?


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. SITTING ROOM - 13:30


  16. Peter is again watching the drama series: "The Good Doctor".


  17. PETER (V.O.): The protagonist portrayed in the series has attention to details, hyper-focus and creativity in diagnosis and treatment.


  18. Watching.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At times, I can also be meticulous, focused and creative. But medical diagnosis and treatment are beyond me.


  20. Watching.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was an Arts student and my 1st degree was in Philosophy, as an external student.


  22. Watching.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I could pick a career choice between a doctor and a lawyer. I'd definitely choose the former.


  24. Recalling.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Over 20 years ago when I learned from a medical doctor colleague that her 1st degree was in Arts, I was shocked.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She said she did it in Canada in the field of Public Health.


  28. Recalling.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was content as I didn't have the support to study overseas.


  30. End credits begin to appear on TV screen.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That I could become a lawyer was already dramatic.


  32. As another episode begins, Peter researches with his smart phone.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There've always been autistic doctors - about 1% in UK.


  34. Reading.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Some autistic doctors might prefer academic or laboratory work rather than clinical work.


  36. Watching.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The drama narrates the bright side of autism.


  38. Watching.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe those having mild autism have worked very hard to get to their level they're.


  40. Recalling.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And so are their parents, grand parents and siblings.


  42. On TV, scenes showing an AUTISTIC PATIENT in action.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The less-than-bright side of autism isn't hard to see.


  44. Watching.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It drains the carers' capacity. I've witnessed that.


  46. Pausing


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In society, few ordinary people would practise compassion.


  48. Reflecting.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While doctors see the weakness of humankind, lawyers all the evilness.

  50. Act 3


  51. INT. STUDY - 17:00


  52. Peter is working on his laptop.


  53. PETER (V.O.): Drama doesn't walk into one's life. One either creates it or gets the support to make it happen.


  54. Pausing.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Half of my family are lawyers. To have a son as a doctor-to-be is already drama to me.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As my family is expanding, I anticipate more doctors will join us.


  58. INT. JAPANESE RESTAURANT - 21:30


  59. After a meal, Peter, and then his wife, tell stories to their daughter.


  60. PETER (V.O.): I love dramas.


  61. Picking up a cup of water, Peter drinks to himself.

  62. THE END


  63. FADE OUT






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