South Korea Searches its Soul

South Korea, long largely free of street crime, has recently been shocked by a rash of brutal sex crimes and violent attacks, causing soul-searching on why such crimes have increased. Although the media refer them as “random acts,“ social commentators regard them as emblematic of Korea’s hard-charging society, where intense competition in work, education and social life creates an ever-smaller circle of winners and a growing group of those who feel left behind.

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