Traditionally homogeneous, Korea is now rapidly plunging into multiculturalism. Korea's 1.1 million resident foreigners total 2 percent of the population, but everyone agrees that Korea is bound to get more immigrants.
Conservative estimates are that foreigners will make up 5 percent of the Korean population by 2020, 8 percent by 2030, and 10 percent by 2050.
Korea at Tipping Point of Multicultural Society
One in seven marriages in Korea is multicultural. In some rural provinces, that ratio is as high as one in three.
These trends are likely to increase in pace and magnitude. Korea may diversify even faster than the experts are predicting.
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“Conflict over interracial couples recently surged through the news. With increasing immigration, multicultural coupling is bound to increase.
Some people are calling Korea's changing demographics a ``time bomb.'' Some cultural analysts expect a variety of explosive conflicts centered on themes of ethnicity and cultural change.”
In his international bestselling book, ``The Tipping Point,'' Malcom Gladwell examines how small changes cause major cultural shifts.
Gladwell explains, ``What happened is that [a] small number of people … started behaving very differently, and that behavior somehow spread … Little changes had big effects.
The Korean War Baby concurs on this writers observations and suggestions. Read the whole article, and again this is a trend by the government to address many issues of globalization, human rights, society’s prejudices and insensitivity, attitudes towards foreigners, adoptees both domestic and overseas. It will take a concerted effort by media, educators, teachers, government, etc to encourage changes in the mind and heart of the Korean people.
Josh Broward has lived in Korea for five years. He is the lead pastor for KNU International English Church on the campus of Korea Nazarene University in Cheonan. Send him a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s all work together to see our Motherland move forward to a Multicultural society where little changes can have big effects in a ‘healthy and beautiful multiculturalism.’