28m 00s
South Korea's Elderly Box Foragers
Asia Insight
28m 00s

Broadcast on April 24, 2020
Available until July 31, 2021

Although South Korea completed its national pension system in 1999, late enrollment and other issues caused many seniors to be left without adequate financial aid. Now, some of those elderly men and women have resorted to gathering recyclable cardboard just to put food on the table. With cardboard prices dropping, a full day of foraging may not even provide an hour's pay at minimum wage, and the senior citizens are faced with a bleak future in their twilight years.