“From a sociological point of view, customs are so deep in society that change does not come overnight,” he said. “Change is needed, but we have to see.”
But other Koreans see no benefit in changing the age system, or the classification that underpins it. It represents more than one number, he says – it is the foundation of a human relationship.
Chung Heerang, a 63-year-old retired teacher from Bocheon City, said: “It can be tiring to keep track of everyone’s age, but once you have established an older relationship, people Relationships grow naturally. ” Just outside Seoul.
He said that it also makes bonds in other ways. If you change the system, he said, new college people, for example, under the international age system, “there will be some who will be allowed to go to bars and others who will not.” Are “. He further added that if every person born in the same year is of the same age then this problem is eliminated.
Cho Moon-joo, who works for Seoul University, also said that the Korean system promotes friendship between people – even strangers – who were born that year. In this way, she has connected with other parents in her children’s schools, said Ms. Cho, who opposes Mr. Yoon’s plan to change the system.
“Even strangers born in the same year can assume that they have gone through similar hardships,” he said.
As an example, he recalled one of South Korea’s most devastating disasters – 2014. Accident About 300 high school students drowned on a ferry. “If you realize that you and the one you just met were in 11th grade when the Seoul ferry sank,” he said, “you share common, deep feelings.”