For this photo journal, Fulbright teaching assistants asked their students to express themselves, practice English, and pose with signs they made. South Korea has the world’s longest working hours, worst stress indexes, and highest suicide rates, and (unsurprisingly) many students choose to vent about societal pressure. Calling school a juvie isn’t as melodramatic when you’re studying there for up to 15 hours a day.
But besides that, the photo journal offers an oddly poignant glimpse into the daily lives of South Korean students, their views on politics, and their hopes for the future. Here’s what they want to say to the world:
5. On affection:
8. On etiquette:
9. On US pop culture:
12. On mothers:
This is likely a comment on how rarely they get to spend significant time at home.
14. On school:
22. On violence:
26. On their wishes and beliefs:
29. On their plans for the future:
35. On money:
37. On Korea:
43. On philosophy:
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