Do you want to listen to the voices of Jeju youths?

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Interview of We are here–2030 Youth Network Party

Culture reporter: Kang Gwi-woong, Translated by: Kim Yae-seol( Duncan Elder)


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“My power is 2, reading ability is 5 and social skill is 5.”

 

This is how some youths from Jeju introduced themselves, after writing their abilities on name cards, at the 2030 Youth Network Party.

 

The party was held at the Jeju Youth Cafe, Think, Feel and Act on August 15, 2016.

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The event started with the students each giving a one-minute self-introduction based on the five qualities written on their cards. During this time we heard stories from students from Jeju University Broadcasting Station, young entrepreneurs, reporters and youth activists.

 

Because of these introductions, the participants became close to each other quickly and after the ice-breaking activity, they started a group discussion.

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These discussions were divided into five sections; community, employment or entrepreneurship problems, culture and art, policy and no answer.

 

The participants chose the section they were interested in and discussed the problems with people who share the same interests.

 

Writers joined as a facilitator in the “no answer” section. In the no answer section, the participants discussed various stories around education, environment, the development of Jeju, minimum wages, public transportation and culture events.

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One of the questions the students pondered was, “The Jeju school system divides its students into students who study academic subjects and students who study vocational subjects. This, in fact, makes them decide their future life when they are still in high school. As well as this, in their real lives, high school students do part-time jobs and earn less than the minimum wages.  Under this situation, a twenty-year-old will end up with a low-quality job if he or she does not develop themselves. Does this situation really have no answer?”

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The discussion in relation to this question was interesting and meaningful. Some participants agreed with the questions and some disagreed.  Most important was the fact that they discussed the issue by communicating and discussing their own opinions.

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The discussion in relation to this question was interesting and meaningful. Some participants agreed with the questions and some disagreed.  Most important was the fact that they discussed the issue by communicating and discussing their own opinions.

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While people some people think youths don’t care, there are certainly those who are concerned about and talk about society’s problems.

 

Problems like trash, housing, environment, jobs are not only the problems of the youth but of Jeju society as a whole. They are linked to all our futures.

 

This is the reason why people should pay attention to voices of Jeju youths.