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[[!meta date="2014-10-08 01:02:00"]]
[[!meta title="Korea Exposé: seems like a solid blog"]]
[[!tag  imported_PyBlosxom korea society]]

[No Country for Old People | Korea
Exposé](http://www.koreaexpose.com/voices/no-country-for-old-people/)

[South Korea's Angry Young Men | Korea
Exposé](http://www.koreaexpose.com/voices/south-koreas-angry-young-men/)

> ... the situation of South Korea in which everyone is conditioned to
> see him- or herself as a "have" at all cost, even going to the length
> of stepping on anyone perceived to have less power just to demonstrate
> one's own powerfulness ...
>
> Ilbe is another incarnation of the have-nots who pretend to have.
> Refusing to accept the truth of not being a somebody in a country
> where being a nobody is a fate worse than death, these young people
> lash out, unaware of their own moral degeneration into "hungry ghosts"
> - agwi - to borrow Park's description: twisted creatures whose hunger
> is so intense they try to devour anything but can never fill that void
> inside. ...
>
> South Korea's young people are dealing with a miserable reality. They
> undergo onerous education for a promise that their future will amount
> to something. But when they graduate, landing a covetable job is
> fiercely competitive. Costs of living are high, and renting a place of
> your own, much less homeownership, is near impossible for a single
> person without the help of well-to-do parents. Everyone says one
> should get married and have children, but the expense of establishing
> a family is daunting. Consumption is endlessly encouraged. Debts pile
> up. There appears to be no hope on the horizon.