[KS] Korean Culture for eldest son to care for parents

Injung Cho Injung.Cho at arts.monash.edu.au
Fri Jun 6 03:23:44 EDT 2008

Dear all,

I was contacted by a lawyer about the Korean customs of looking after
their old parents. I am afraid that I don't know much about this issue.
So I am turning to this discussion forum for help. Any help will be
greatly appreciated. I've attached her email below.

InJung Cho


Further to our telephone conversation just now, I confirm that I act for
a Korean family – husband and wife who are farmers; their younger son
(completing military service) and daughter.

Last year their eldest son who had graduated with a degree in
Hospitality Management was killed in the Kerang Rail accident.

The family were flown over for the Memorial Service held last year.
The eldest son was in Australia doing work experience in hotels with the
hope of obtaining a better position in Korea with his international work
experience.  The family were assisting him financially during his
studies and whilst he was here.

They have advised that as is traditional in Korean society the eldest
son would care for them in their retirement.

This matter needs to be supported by independent proof of this cultural
norm and I am hoping that there are some studies or statistics or other
information which can be put before the court to establish the great
financial loss to the parents.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Lesley Simons

Lesley Simons & Associates
Barristers & Solicitors & Migration Agents
MARN: 0210699
Tel: (613) 9509 2572
lesleysimons at bigpond.com
Fax: (613) 9509 2142

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