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Bada and the birthrate

I wish I was in Seoul today.

I recently posted about Anna Fifield’s article on Korean family planning, and in particular the government’s plan to spend $30 billion over the next 5 years to try to boost the birthrate.

Here’s a story about how some of that $30 billion is going to be spent: a live gig by Bada today at which people with 2 kids will get a nice crisp 10,000 won note. I wish I could be there. Even if I were Korean, I wouldn’t qualify for the cash handout, but (not that I’m an expert) I think Bada is one of the best K-pop stars around, and I’d love to hear her live. I’m just stockpiling a few CD reviews so that when I’ve got nothing else to post about I’ll post a pop review. Bada’s second album (Aurora) will be getting a 9 or 10 out of 10 (as a benchmark, BoA’s No 1 and Girls on Top will probably be getting around 4 or 5).

Bada 2


Another story from the Chosun on upping the birthrate: Soldiers Given Chance to Make Love, not War – about the military being made more family-friendly.

“Military couples have a birthrate of 0.83, which is even lower than the nation’s average of 1.08,” a military official said. “The new measure will help increase our birthrate and also contribute to improving welfare and boosting morale in our armed forces.”

Update #2 (14 August 2006)
The falling birthrate is reducing the demand for teachers, according to the Chosun again.

One thought on “Bada and the birthrate

  1. hello ma’am! Bada
    you’re great in the show “LOVE LETTER” so i search your pictures so i found this one!

    hm, i think this is not a comment i want to know im your fan now ^^ ahihi

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