South Korea in demographic crisis as many stop having babies

News Summary

  • They are really crazy,” he said.Seo Ji Seong, 38, said that she’s often called a patriot by older people for having many babies, though she didn’t give birth to them for the national interest.
  • She said South Korea failed to establish such welfare programs during its explosive economic growth in the 1960 to ’80s.Yoo, the Seoul financial worker, said that until she went to college, she strongly wanted a baby.
  • “My husband and I like babies so much … but there are things that we’d have to sacrifice if we raised kids,” said Yoo, a 30-year-old Seoul financial company employee.
  • Lee Sung-jai, a 75-year-old Seoul resident, said it’s “the order of nature” for humankind to marry and give birth to children.
  • United Nations figures show a South Korean woman on average gave birth to about four to six children in the 1950s and ’60s, three to four in the 1970s, and less than two in the mid-1980s.
  • South Korea’s statistics agency announced in September that the total fertility rate — the average number of babies born to each woman in their reproductive years — was 0.81 last year.
By HYUNGJIN KIM Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) Yoo Young Yis grandmother gave birth to six children. Her mother birthed two. Yoo doesnt want any.My husband and I like babies so much b [+7115 chars]