In the 60 years since the Korean War armistice, South Korea has gone through an incredible transformation. What was once a war-torn, weakened nation is now seen as a country of over-achievers known for their advanced technologies and luxury goods. The people who helped raise South Korea from the rubble, however, are struggling yet again.
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By 2030, it is estimated that over 20 percent of South Korea's population will be over the age of 65. These elderly are the very generation that helped rebuild South Korea after the war but about half are now living in poverty. Many are homeless or live in condemned buildings. Some have turned to odd jobs or prostitution to support themselves, others have committed suicide.
People are blaming this situation on changing ideals in South Korea. They believe the younger generation's cutthroat drive to become successful de-prioritizes concern for the elderly. Government polls show that in the last 15 years the percentage of South Korean children who feel obligated to care for their parents decreased from 90 percent to 37 percent.
Read more about South Korea's elderly:
Washington Post: For South Korea's seniors, a return to poverty as Confucian filial piety weakens
CNN: 'Forgotten': South Korea's elderly struggle to get by