Saturday, March 13, 2010
A People Fiercely Decided to Get Rich
East Asiatics are a talented people but given to collective hystery. South Korea is so intensely focused on its GNP that has forgotten to reproduce. Korea's total fertility rate stood at 1.15 last year. It reached a low of 1.08 in 2005 but rose to 1.25 in 2007 due to the Year of the Pig, thought to be auspicious. Since 2008 it has been falling again.
445,200 children were born last year, down 21,000 from a year earlier and falling for the second consecutive year. The average age of first-time mothers was 31 last year, up from 30.79 from 2008. The age has been rising, crossing 30 for the first time in 2005.