Inside South Korea’s real ‘Squid Game’ of debt, shame and social pressure

Inside South Korea’s real ‘Squid Game’ of debt, shame and social pressure


Angela, a 62-year-old owner of a Midtown nail salon, used to send some of her earnings back to some of her relatives in Seoul. She still sends money to her older sister — but stopped giving funds to her son and daughter, both in their early 30s, about three years ago.

She’s hesitant to give details — and even asks that an alias be used rather than the American name she’s known as in the salon — but told The Post she disapproved of the expensive handbags, makeup and clothes she found out her married daughter was buying. She was less forthcoming about her son but said he lived above his means in a way that was foreign to her. She said she

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