New York Times article about single mothers in Korea

Group Resists Korean Stigma For Mothers On Their Own
 by Choe Sang-Hun
Published: October 7, 2009

Ms. Choi and other women in her situation are trying to set up the
country’s first unwed mothers association to defend their right to
raise their own children. It is a small but unusual first step in a
society that ostracizes unmarried mothers to such an extent that
Koreans often describe things as outrageous by comparing them to “an
unmarried woman seeking an excuse to give birth.”The fledgling
group of women — only 40 are involved so far — is striking at one of
the great ironies of South Korea. The government and commentators fret
over the country’s birthrate, one of the world’s lowest, and deplore
South Korea’s international reputation as a baby exporter for foreign
adoptions.

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2 thoughts on “New York Times article about single mothers in Korea

  1. Aren’t the fathers required to pay child support? Most of the fathers are of working age. Why aren’t they helping to support their children? Why must the mothers and children be forced to live in poverty? If the Korean government were really serious about stopping the declining birthrate it would provide some real support to the mothers. Are the government officials just so uncomfortable with single motherhood that they’ll only provide token support?

  2. Speaking of fathers (Courtney’s comment) does anyone know if there is any way that young Korean fathers can get a deferment of their military service (or perform some kind of alternative service while living with their families)?

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