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May 29, 2009

Divorce in Korea

Filed under: Uncategorized — richardlstansfield @ 6:23 am


* astonish: If something or someone astonishes you, they surprise you very much.
* celebrity: A celebrity is someone who is famous, especially in areas of entertainment such as films, music, writing, or sport.
* statistics : Statistics are facts which are obtained from analysing information expressed in numbers, for example information about the number of times that something happens.
* Adultery: If a married person commits adultery, they have sex with someone that they are not married to.
* disturbance: Disturbance means upsetting or disorganizing something which was previously in a calm and well-ordered state.

Divorce in Korea

In 2007, news of married couple 옥 소리 and 박철`s divorce astonished the public.
Because they appeared to be a couple in harmony.
Actually the Divorce rate in Korea, for example amongst celebrities like 옥 소리 and 박철, is increasing rapidly.
According to statistics, there are 124,600 divorces in Korea per year.
This means that 370 couples get divorced per day.
Why is the divorce rate increasing? One reason is adultery.
However, the main reason is “unreasonable treatment” such as domestic violence, neglect etc…
And another reason is that women`s social position has been improving because of their increasing economic power.
A specialist said, “These days, unlike in the past, people feel less uncomfortable with divorce, and place more importance upon individual happiness.
So more and more people are getting divorced for trifling reasons.
The social aftereffects of divorce, such as psychological and emotional disturbances, are very serious.




1. What do you think about celebrities` divorce?
2. Do you think that being married is better than being single?
3. What do you think about the increasing divorce rate in Korea?
4. Do you think popular culture (soap drama, movie etc…) is influencing the increasing divorce rate?
5. Do you think we need the change our point of view about divorce?

옥 소리 (left) 박철 (right)

옥 소리 (left) 박철 (right)

a couple having problems

a couple having problems

chart showing annual divorce rate increases

chart showing annual divorce rate increases

[ Class #18, Group 7, Jo Hang-joon, Shin Eun-chan, Seo Seol, Jeong Se-ri ]


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