They are be­com­ing frus­trated as growth slows and job prospects fade

New Straits Times - - World -

SEOUL means they will never im­prove their po­si­tion in a coun­try with a rigid class struc­ture.

“I think the big­gest prob­lem is inequal­ity,” said Park Hye-shin, a 27-year-old stu­dent at Hankook Univer­sity of For­eign Stud­ies.

“You can’t climb the so­cial lad­der no mat­ter how hard you try. Even if you at­tend the best univer­sity, ev­ery step you take in life is con­test af­ter con­test.”

The sting­ing sense of so­cial un­fair­ness is epit­o­mised by the pop­u­lar so-called spoon the­ory — a spin-off from the English id­iom of some­one rich be­ing “born with a sil­ver spoon in their mouth”.


Stu­dents of In­cheon ASEA Avi­a­tion Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Col­lege at­tend­ing an event in Seoul yes­ter­day to pro­mote vot­ing in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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