- South Korea may have reversed the "missing women" phenomenon.
- The OECD says rich nations must work to close the gender pay gap, especially in South Korea and Japan, where the gap is widest.
- Educators are pushing to have Chinese characters brought back as an elementary school elective, which point the way to it returning as a compulsory subject.
- Minority newborns will become the majority in the US this year (if you count them all together). Another way to look at this is that every newborn will be a minority.
- South Korean elderly are struggling to find jobs to survive.
- The legal status of women in South Korea is reportedly improving.
- President Lee has instructed public servants to pay more attention to the livelihood of the nation's underprivileged, saying they should be more concerned about public welfare.
Pearls of witticism from 'Bo the Blogger: Kushibo's Korea blog... Kushibo-e Kibun... Now with Less kimchi, more nunchi. Random thoughts and commentary (and indiscernibly opaque humor) about selected social, political, economic, and health-related issues of the day affecting "foreans," Koreans, Korea and East Asia, along with the US, especially Hawaii, Orange County and the rest of California, plus anything else that is deemed worthy of discussion. Forza Corea!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Korea demography reader (March 12, 2010 edition)
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What's with the "hangeul advocates"?? As if learning Chinese characters will hurt national pride. Removing hanja as mandatory learning in schools was one of the worst moves by the Park Chung Hee era for Korean education. I know Koreans who graduated from H.S. in Korea and can't even spell their own names in hanja! With a language so deeply rooted in chinese characters, why not learn them?? Without knowledge of Chinese characters, all the art and meaning of the language gets simplified and dumbed-down.ReplyDelete
>> South Korea may have reversed the "missing women" phenomenon.ReplyDelete
Was this supposed to link to summat about the lack of female infants?
Any stop-gap measures which result in Sonja Sohn are to be commended, in my view.
Alec, thanks for pointing out the inaccurate link, which I've now fixed.ReplyDelete
Not having seen The Wire, I was not aware of who Sonja Sohn is (I had to Google her), but now I think I shall watch.
In the show is she depicted as mixed, or Black, or Asian, or is it not addressed?
It wasn't an issue - the black Po-Pos were very much middle-class, and above the racial politics of the street.ReplyDelete
Although, I suppose there was an implication that she was black rather than Korean, with the choice of name.
Also, if you want a good hard laugh at a sub Cao de Benos, try this:ReplyDelete