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Lucas



Joined: 11 Sep 2012

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:39 pm    Post subject: 3 girls kill themselves... :( Reply with quote

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/11/116_123602.html

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Three teenage girls jumped to their deaths from an apartment building in Busan, police said Wednesday.



Their bodies were found around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on the rooftop of a five-story building in Gwangan-dong, where they fell after jumping from the top of a 15-story apartment building, according to police.



Police found bottles of soju and the girls’ belongings on the rooftop of the apartment building. Footage of the CCTV inside the apartment elevator showed the three girls going up to the rooftop several hours before they were found.





Very sad.
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Zackback



Joined: 05 Nov 2010
Location: Kyungbuk

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a tragedy.

Part of the article read:
Teenage suicide has risen as a serious social issue, as an increasing number of young people in the nation are choosing to end their lives.
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It also read that one of them suffered depression. How many more dead will it take for more people to confront this problem head on?
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Lucas



Joined: 11 Sep 2012

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How many more dead will it take for more people to confront this problem head on?


Not the best of phrases in these circumstances! Embarassed
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newb



Joined: 27 Aug 2012
Location: Korea

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's very sad that they choose to end their lives. RIP.

I hate to say it but Korea is one big pot of pressure cooker about to explode. They need to smile more.
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Titus



Joined: 19 May 2012

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree about the pressure cookers. Childhood should resemble this:

http://www.hippy.com/roots/wandervogel2.jpg

and not this:

http://operationrainfall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Cram-School.jpeg

Right? How much do we really need to learn in the modern world.
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Fox



Joined: 04 Mar 2009

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zackback wrote:
It also read that one of them suffered depression. How many more dead will it take for more people to confront this problem head on?


What are they supposed to do, exactly? Asians have been engaging in high-pressure examination culture for ages. I mean for God's sake, I was just reading an old Korean tale called the 춘향전, and the main character is a young man studying for the state examinations, and whose ultimate success is gained through passing them with the highest marks. Whatever the lesson is there, it's certainly not, "Hey, go spend your childhood playing in a meadow." This is what East Asians are inclined towards, probably at a genetic level. You're not going to turn that around with your soppy, Western-style "awareness campaigns" or whatever you have in mind.
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JustinC



Joined: 10 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shouldn't look like this either;

http://jonathanturley.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/7i6nd.jpg
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Titus



Joined: 19 May 2012

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you mixed up the posters. I want kids to play and zack wants awareness.

It may be genetic, caused by generations of resources allocated to the best test takers. Seems like a waste of life. But we gotta compete!
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Fox



Joined: 04 Mar 2009

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't mix things up, I merely merged your cases together, because really, you're making the same core point in different clothing: East Asians should stop being East Asians.

Titus wrote:
Seems like a waste of life.


One size doesn't fit all. Tons of things people do seem like a waste of life to me.
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Titus



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think it would kill them to turn down the crazy a bit.
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Zackback



Joined: 05 Nov 2010
Location: Kyungbuk

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox,
East Asians can be happier East Asians not suicidal East Asians.
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darkjedidave



Joined: 19 Aug 2009
Location: Shanghai/Seoul

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't there a number of group suicides in Korea a few years back, where people would meet in chat rooms and agree to kill themselves when the met in person?

What a crazy world we live in....
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Fox



Joined: 04 Mar 2009

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zackback wrote:
Fox,
East Asians can be happier East Asians not suicidal East Asians.


Maybe they can't. Besides, the notion that happiness is an end in itself is vapid. Great for selling counselling sessions and self-help books to dupes, but of very little real substance.
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CentralCali



Joined: 17 May 2007

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zackback wrote:
It also read that one of them suffered depression. How many more dead will it take for more people to confront this problem head on?


Infinite amount. Korea will not confront the problem until society itself realizes that depression and suicide are mental health issues and that mental health issues are not issues of immorality or shame.
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Dave Chance



Joined: 30 May 2011

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We took a closer look at this issue in a class I teach.

Turns out the rate of suicide doubled after the IMF came to town and drastically "restructured" things in favor of upper management (jobs cut or converted to part-time with no benefits, lower salaries, etc).

Also seems George Soros (chums with IMF) significantly contributed to the '97 economic crisis in Asia by buying and then abrubtly selling huge quantities of Thai bhat.
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