17 February 2013
As Families Change, Korea’s Elderly Are Turning to Suicide “As Families Change, Korea’s Elderly Are Turning to Suicide” is an article of The New York Times. The article shows us an increasing suicide rate of old people in South Korea because of Korea’s social changes.
Author, Sang-hun Choe, is well known as a Pulitzer Prize-winning South Korean journalist. In terms of his career, he began his journalism career as a political reporter at The Korea Herald, an English-language newspaper. He joined the Associated Press’ Seoul Bureau in 1994. While a correspondent there he won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize and was the second person of Korean descent to receive a Pulitzer Prize. In 2010, he was named as the 2010-2011 academic year Koret Fellow in the Korean Studies Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, part of Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
He published some books. The most famous one is “The Bridge to No Gun Ri: a hidden nightmare from the Korean War,” which made him win the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. The other books are “135 years of war, crisis and news in the land of the morning calm” and “Looking for Mr. Kim in Seoul: a guide to Korean expressions.”
In the article, a subject matter is very clear as it is mentioned earlier at the beginning. The author explains a general relationship between parents and their children in South Korea. Specifically, most parents in South Korea sacrifice themselves for their children. A growing number of families even split up for years so the mothers can take their children abroad to become fluent in English, which is very important to getting good jobs at big corporations. The parents don’t spend money for themselves but save it for their children to spend it for buying a house, having an wedding, and so on. And, the parents’ sacrifices were rewarded anyway. Parents usually lived with their eldest son’s family