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A recent piece in the Guardian from a guy I work with on how terrible the elderly fare in Asian countries.
I sense quite a bit of cognitive dissonance in South Korea, which supposedly culturally values its elders, but which leaves many to suffer in poverty and is obsessed over youth.
From the article:
Across Asia, the younger generations are less willing than before to take in ailing parents, even though middle-class families today are wealthier than in generations past. It would be one thing if east Asian societies had generous pensions and comprehensive universal healthcare coverage, but in fact the health insurance is usually patchy – many catastrophic illnesses are not covered by national insurance systems – and pensions remain low or even non-existent. The same generation that built up east Asia's "tiger" economies and middle-class societies have been suffering neglect in their advancing years, and the problem is likely to worsen ...