Post by BungalowDweller on Nov 7, 2005 19:06:05 GMT -5
How common are Korean families like this? Family members living together,eating together, co-mingling funds, giving one another allowances? Apart from the obvious emotional support such an arrangement could bring, the financial advantages are obvious. I think that this is fantastic. Think of the $$$ saved. No big school debt for Sangsik!!!
I read a special report in the current Business Week about the falling economic expectations in the U.S. by young people saddled with college debt. The article went on to say how many of these young people are broke! $20,000, $50,000, one couple had over $100,000 in school debt! They are delaying marrying, having kids, buying property. Living on credit cards in between jobs to pay rent and eat! I think it's a real shame.
The way that Sangsik is getting his education is smart. Move out of the home for the post-grad if necessary. I really like how the family is a cohesive unit! Is this just t.v. fantasy, Korean style? I hope not!
The Kim family has mentioned osccasionally that extended families like theirs are becoming less common. Ha-nah and Ji-yeon's mothers have also made an issue of "Why can't you marry into a regular family?"
I do think it's still common for the new DIL to move in with the son's family, though, don't you? Since it's the subject of so many darumas. I was struck by how Yoon-sik reacted to his two employees' news that they would not be moving in with the young man's mother, because she had been mistreated by his grandmother and didn't want to put anyone through that. YS seemed to think they were really lucky, when tradition and duty are ALL to Yoon-sik and it just seemed odd for him to react that way. But, I guess, my point (and I do have one) is that some of these issues are still being thrashed out, but it does seem a very large, extended family like that is pretty unusual.
From Dae Jang-geum: Sun-dol: "Are you trying to dry me up and kill me? Why do you say the same things over and over every day? Rather, come and hit me once! Aigu!" But then: Dr. Lazarus: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan... You shall be avenged."