South Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the 21st Century


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south-korean-millennials-01-01South Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the 21st Century

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Despite the “economic miracle” of South Korea’s growth in the late 20th century, millennials describe life there as “Hell-Joseon.” High school and college are hyper-competitive, and there is a severe shortage of well-paying jobs. Economic inequality is increasing, and immigrants fill many low-wage jobs, despite being somewhat unwelcome in a country that has valued ethnic homogeneity. Financial hardships have led many millennials to give up dating, marriage and starting a family. Against this background, these movies approach the general issues of growing up in 21st-century Korea with humor and optimism. This series is sponsored by the Institute for Korean Studies, the Academy of Korean Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the East Asian Studies Center, and IU Cinema.

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