Маргарита Кичукова, СУ „Св. Климент Охридски”, Кореистика, ФКНФ
The competitive Korean society and its problems
Margarita Kichukova, SU„St. Kliment Ohridski”, Korean Studies Dept., FKNF
In the Korean society the meaning of social status can be summarised in one word – all-embracing. Strongly influenced by the opinion of those around the Korean society is, undoubtedly, one of the most competitive in the world. For example, even since childhood Koreans are pushed to study all day long, seven days in the week, without taking physical health, mental stability, socialisation and personal growth into consideration. This kind of social pressure has led to exceptional gap between rich and poor and has turn Koreans into one of the most depressive nations in the world, ranking first in levels of suicide.
Key words: Korea, society, competition, pressure, stress, suicide, depression, beuty standards