What is the care crisis? Who is affected by the care crisis? Did it already exist or is it a new phenomenon created by COVID-19?
Follow this diverse and active roundtable discussion moderated by Dr. Hyuna Moon. When discussing the care crisis in Korea, Ms. Kyung Mi Yi points out that this crisis is not new, and instead, it’s an accumulative crisis. Through her critical analysis of Korea’s care support policies against COVID-19 and the government’s allocation for welfare budget, she calls for better budget allocation in care and more care-oriented policies. Mr. Gi-Hyun Jo makes the case for the change in the structure of family and society, and dives into how gender roles are damaging when referring to care supply and demand.
Ms. Seulah Jung shares her team’s project on exploring how the media covers the care crisis. She reflects on the lack of mainstream coverage on the issue despite the pressing need for more tangible information. To this, senior researcher Hye-Jin Byeon adds that a lot of the lack of knowledge comes from care not being institutionalized, therefore creating a vacuum in care policies.
Finally, Director Young Sug Heo, makes a case for migrants’ benefits and the lack of fundamental care rights. As care providers themselves or as part of Korean working society, why is it that migrants still don’t have access to national funds during such crisis?
Stay tuned for this answer and much more.