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Monday, September 22, 2003

Divorce in Korea

According to an article entitled Divorce in South Korea: Striking a New Attitude from The New York Times, Korea now has one of the highest divorce rates in the world. While it is not yet at the abominable rate that it is in America, it is increasing in Korea whereas it is decreasing in the United States.

When I arrived in Korea only six years ago, Koreans could be quite proud of their low divorce rate. They could also boast of their perceived lack of homosexuals. Sadly, they can no longer boast of these things. On top of this, with a birthrate of 1.17 children per woman, Korea is joining Japan and Western Europe in committing national suicide.

Once staunchly conservative, Korea is now experiencing something similar to the social and cultural upheavals of the 1970s that have left America in the sorry state that it is today. Perhaps it is wealth that breeds such laxity and immorality. I can only hope that Korea turns back before it is too late.