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Name Meaning No. item
Sampo sedae Three giving-up generation 1 Courtship
2 Marriage
3 Childbirth
Opo sedae Five giving-up generation 4 Employment
5 Home ownership
Chilpo sedae Seven giving-up generation 6 Interpersonal relationships
7 Hope
Gupo sedae Nine giving-up generation 8 Health
9 Physical appearance
Sippo sedae/
Wanpo sedae
Ten giving-up generation/
Complete giving-up generation
10 Life

Sampo Generation (Korean삼포세대; Hanja三抛世代; RRsamposedae, "Three giving-up generation") is a neologism in South Korea referring to a generation that gives up courtship, marriage, and having kids. Many of the young generation in South Korea have given up those three things because of social pressures and economic problems, such as increasing cost-of-living, tuition payments, and affordable housing scarcity.[1] There is also the opo sedae, or "five giving-up generation", which takes the same three and adds employment and home ownership. The chilpo sedae ("seven giving-up generation") further includes interpersonal relationships and hope, while the gupo sedae ("nine giving-up generation") extends to physical health and appearance. Finally, the sippo sedae ("ten giving-up generation") or wanpo sedae ("total giving-up generation") culminates in giving up life.[2] The Sampo generation is similar to the Satori generation in Japan.[3]

The origin of the word

This term was used by the special reports team of Kyunghyang Shinmun in the 2011 publication "Talking About the Welfare State".[4] They defined Sampo generation members as those with unstable jobs, high student loan payments, precarious preparations for employment, etc., and who postponed love, marriage, and childbirth without any prospective plans.[5] The report argued that the burden of starting a family in South Korea was so high because of the government's preference to delegate social welfare duties to families themselves. The emergence of the Sampo generation demonstrates that the structure of the traditional family unit was disintegrating at an alarming rate, according to the report. This word and its definition rapidly spread through various media and the Internet. The term means "three abandoning generation" or "three giving up generation", referring to the three things the Sampo generation is giving up on: courtship, marriage and children.


Reason to be Sampo Generation in South Korea

Reason to be Sampo Generation[6]
There's no money to save
It's difficult even though he/she has money
It's hard to get a job
Take-home pay is low
Personal debt is high

And also, with the exception of a group of owners who would not give up anything, four types of abandonment were found, with uncertainty of the order of 27.36% of the total samples, 19.92% of the actualist, 13.24% of the self-absorbed type and 8.70% of the suspended type.[7]

Similar issues in other countries

See also


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  4. ^ "볼보, 대량해고에도 파업은 없었다". Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). 2011-06-07. Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
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  6. ^ Park, Hyejeong (2012-02-01). "20's and 30's, four in every 10 people "I'm a Sampo Generation (20~30대 10명중 4명 "나는 삼포세대")". asia economy. Archived from the original on 2014-12-28. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  7. ^ "[Thesis Abstract] 청년세대의 포기의 다양성에 대한 탐구 (Young generation's exploration of the diversity of giving up)". Department of Sociology, Seoul National University, Department of Sociology. August 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Michael Hoffman, Life is too short for an undesirable satori Japan Times, 2013/03/31
  9. ^ "Life is too short for an undesirable satori". Archived from the original on 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  10. ^ Kim, Soonbae (2008-12-23). "유럽사회 흔드는 '700유로 세대'" [700 Euro Generation Shakes Europe Society]. Hangyeorye. Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-15.