Volha Isakava (World Languages)
Gen Z in Korea
Gen Z or Generation Z consists of people in the age range of about 7-25-year-olds. Much of the younger generation in Korea often carry the heavyweight of societal pressure and family expectation throughout their lifetime. Despite facing so much stress, they have taken charge in many situations. Over the past decade or so, a lot of the younger generation have stepped up to contribute to their society. Many have worked their avenue of social change into daily reality. The first being the protests and rallies in Korea. Much of the protests happening have been about political challenges, with the majority of the people being high schoolers, middle schoolers, and young families with the influence of young people, some older people who fought with them. Looking at the last decade, there have been a number of students becoming politically invested in their country to fight for what they believe is right. One example of gen z’s impact on Korean society is candlelight protests. The protest was held against former President Park Geun-Hye due to her inability to help people and being in political scandals, and much more. Another is the rallies for the LGBTQ community; this is due to much of the younger generation being more open or liberal about people’s sexualities.
Keywords: Change, Involvement, Fighting.