As the first woman of colour to be made head of the English Department at a prestigious university, Dr Ji-Yoon Kim faces some extreme demands and high expectations. The Chair is an American comedy-drama streaming television series. The series was released on Netflix on Aug. It is set at the fictional Pembroke. The Chair follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she navigates. At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department. Neither Pembroke nor The Chair's finale deserve Ji-Yoon's perseverance. A recap of “The Faculty Party” episode 2 of season 1 of “The Chair”. In the first episode, Ji-Yoon Kim (played by Sandra Oh) has finally reached a lofty career peak as the chair of the Pembroke English department. But its Asian American protagonist is unlike anyone I've seen on TV. Sandra Oh as Professor Ji-Yoon Kim in “The Chair.” (Eliza Morse/Netflix). The Chair is too short to achieve all of its ambitions, but spot-on observations about academia and a sturdy ensemble led by an empathetic -- and hilarious. It's a little embarrassing how desperately we academics have publicly displayed our eagerness for the new Netflix series The Chair. “The Chair” follows savvy professor Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she is promoted to chair of the English department at Pembroke University.