South Korean nationals are leaving China at an alarming rate - to the point that some are concerned it might further impede the development of bilateral relations that have become strained in recent years. Illustration: Brian Wang
South Korean nationals are leaving China at an alarming rate - to the point that some are concerned it might further impede the development of bilateral relations that have become strained in recent years. Illustration: Brian Wang

China’s Korean expats, students lament loss of jobs and opportunities as mass exodus comes into focus

  • China was once seen as a land of opportunity for South Koreans, but as their businesses close and livelihoods come under threat, that perception has reversed
  • However, not all Koreans can simply upend their entire lives – often built over several decades in China – and their struggle reflects a rising dilemma facing foreigners

South Korean nationals are leaving China at an alarming rate - to the point that some are concerned it might further impede the development of bilateral relations that have become strained in recent years. Illustration: Brian Wang
South Korean nationals are leaving China at an alarming rate - to the point that some are concerned it might further impede the development of bilateral relations that have become strained in recent years. Illustration: Brian Wang
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