[Ask Hyojin] Old Korea vs. New Korea – Part. 2

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Did you enjoy the part 1 of Old Korea vs. New Korea video? 🙂 We continued talking about Korea in the past and Korea these days. Enjoy the video and let us know how things have changed over the past few decades in your country!

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[Ask Hyojin] Old Korea vs. New Korea – Part. 2
  • Dan Strickland

    I’m very glad to see your interest in how Korea was. I’m, if you remember, an old Peace Corps Korea volunteer approaching age 70, and lived in Korea from 1971 – 73 in the countryside, so my perspective is even more different. In the US, people my age used to hear our grandparents talking about The Great Depression, and found it remote, unreal, boring. Please, don’t let Korean young people forget how very much your parents, grandparents, and so on accomplished. From my perspective, coming back to Korea nowadays, the biggest difference is how green the country is. Forty years ago the hills were mostly brown and bare – now they’re covered with trees, forests even. That’s an amazing accomplishment. Of course, you wouldn’t believe the changes in prices and pay, so I won’t even mention them (a pot of mokolee in my province, Chun Nam, was 80 won, but in Chun Puk was 100 because you got the free onju). The biggest difference socially has been the move from country, farm towns to cities, and from extended family homes to nuclear family apartments. This is a major problem that will need to be fixed. When the apartment complexes started going up in the 80s, Chamshil and places like that, the accommodations were designed without thinking of the old people. That was a serious mistake. I am confident Korea will think of ways to fix that, though.

    Other than that, the infrastructure is wonderful. When I come visit, for example, I’m happy to drink tap water because the water and sewage plants are newer, better designed, and better maintained than most places in the States. So the bottled water drinking is a little funny.

    Finally, sons. My wife’s maternal family, before her grandfather was born, went 5 generations without a boy – so they adopted in boys from other lines to keep that line going. This is the 민 family, so you understand why this was important. You might be aware that the current Korean crown prince was adopted as the late crown prince’s son, posthumously. Kind of strange, but I guess it works.