How old are you? Depending on which country you’re in, the answer might be different, & while South Korean civil law has counted age from a person’s date of birth since 1962, the continuing presence of the system commonly referred to as “Korean age” often leads to confusion, & many are now asking if the system should go away entirely. Korea FM‘s Chance Dorland spoke with Korean Studies professors Ingyu Oh & Michael Hurt to learn how “Korean age” is calculated & the arguments being made to keep, or remove, the system.
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Interview answers, both in written & audio form, have been edited for length & clarity.
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