Some thoughts on marriage in Korea

Koreans’ changing perceptions on marriage“Koreans do not seem to lead a happy life. I don’t want my child to inherit my financial status and unhappiness.”

Some quotes. . .

The economist Woo believes that only drastic government action, such as raising the minimum wage, expanding welfare and generating more jobs for youth, could ease the burden.

“Unless the government reforms the social structure that passes the responsibility of child-bearing along to individuals and families, the marriage and birth rate will only continue to fall,” he said.

And this quote. . .

The number of children the average Korean woman can expect to have during her lifetime ― the fertility rate ― currently stands at 1.25, the lowest among OECD countries.

Cho Sung-ho, an associate research fellow at KIHSA, pointed out that non-marriage means no childbirth in Korean society.

“In Korea, having a baby out of wedlock is socially not acceptable,” Cho said.

“The low birth rate will reduce the working population, and this, in turn, will lower the tax revenues needed to support the fast-aging society,” she added.

“As a result, the entire society could collapse.”

And good news for single parents. . .

A government survey released last year showed that nearly half of Koreans over the age of 13 advocated cohabitation without marriage. In an even more drastic departure from tradition, 22.5 percent of respondents gave the nod to having a baby without marriage.

According to sociology professor Koo Jeong-woo at Sungkyunkwan University, the trend is a sign of changes in the fundamental values that govern the lives of Koreans.

And another article. . .

Fraught road to marriage


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