South Korean Cho Hye-do, 86, meets her North Korean elder sister Cho Sun-do, 89, at an inter-Korean family reunion in 2018. South Korea’s population is ageing rapidly. Photo: EPA-EFE

A glimpse of Hong Kong’s lonely future in South Korea’s ageing society

  • Longer lives, fewer marriages and more divorces suggest seniors living alone will be a fixture of Asian societies for the foreseeable future
  • South Korea, where seniors can die without anyone noticing for days, offers a bleak insight into what’s in store
Topic |   Ageing society

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South Korean Cho Hye-do, 86, meets her North Korean elder sister Cho Sun-do, 89, at an inter-Korean family reunion in 2018. South Korea’s population is ageing rapidly. Photo: EPA-EFE
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A woman takes a picture in the snow in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: AP

South Korea’s #NoMarriage movement gains steam as women shun motherhood

  • Many young women in South Korea are rejecting marriage and long-held roles for women, including motherhood
  • The growing trend is proving a headache for the government, which is grappling with one of the world’s lowest birth rates and a shortfall in pension funding
Topic |   South Korea

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A woman takes a picture in the snow in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: AP
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