How Korea sees unwed mothers

This is an interesting and eye-opening video. It deals with how women in Korea are treated when they become pregnant out of wedlock. You think the United States is “conservative” about marriage… Just wait until you listen to this:

 

It is a very sobering video from an otherwise funny and informative couple of Canadians who live in Seoul. It really showed me how different cultures can be really different while we here in America must look really weird to them. The statistics on abortion really rattled me. Yes, it’s a woman’s choice, but is it a choice at all when all the odds are against you like that?

Thoughts on Korea

My trip to Korea is coming to an end, and I must confess that I’m going to miss it when I’m back home. I’m not going to miss it like I miss home right now, but I am going to miss the big city that is Seoul. It doesn’t compare to other big cities that I have visited, like New York or Mexico City. It’s different.

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Talking Tuesday, Korea Edition: Smoking Causes Cancer (On Average)

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Greetings and salutations form the wonderful city of Seoul, Korea. It’s the Korea without the labor camps and despotic dictator-for-life, maybe. (Most dictators are for life, I hear.)

Here are 4 minutes of me giving you a quick thought about causality and how smoking causes cancer. I was sitting in a courtyard at one of Seoul’s palaces and recorded this. A friend and colleague back home said that there was a discussion in a class on whether we, epidemiologists, can say that “smoking causes cancer” or if we should instead say that “smoking increases your risk of lung and other cancers”. She and I agree that we should say that smoking causes cancer, period, when talking about smoking to the public. If you throw in words like “chances” or “probability” or even “risk”, the message gets confused. Individuals within the population start asking for their specific risk, or they think that other things they do minimize the risk. (Some people have told me that they won’t get lung cancer from smoking because they run marathons.)

So that’s the very quick Talking Tuesday for this week. I’ll be back home next week. All my pictures here in Korea are being uploaded to Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/epi_ren/sets/72157648495180885/

You can download this episode by clicking here.