Letter From The Bureau Podcast: Chuseok and observing gender inequality in South Korea

A traditional market in the South Korean city of Busan bustling with shoppers ahead of Chuseok. The festival is usually marked by multi-generational families gathering, but the pandemic has reduced hometown visits this year. PHOTO: EPA–EFE

Letter From The Bureau Ep 6: Celebrating Chuseok and observing gender inequality in South Korea

20:34 mins

Synopsis: The Straits Times' foreign editor Bhagyashree Garekar chats with ST's correspondents in the Asia-Pacific, the US and Europe every month.

They talk about life as it goes on, amid the screaming headlines and bubbling crises.

In this episode, she chats with ST's South Korea correspondent Chang May Choon about the following:

1. What is Chuseok; difference between Chuseok celebrations, pre and post-Covid-19 (1:04)

2. South Korea - a still-patriarchal society or a modern, technologically-driven nation? (6:18)

3. Blatant gender inequality in everyday life, even in schools and the workforce (9:40)

4. May Choon's personal experience of Chuseok and gender divide in South Korea (13:46)

5. Newer Chuseok traditions being created by modern Korean mothers-in-law (17:06)

Produced by: Bhagyashree Garekar (bhagya@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis, Hadyu Rahim & Fa'izah Sani

Edited by: Hadyu Rahim & Dan Koh

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