‘Parasite’ shines light on SoKor basement dwellers

first_imgKim Da-hye, a 29-year-old South Korean, talks about her semi-basement apartment in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. For many South Koreans, the image of a cramped basement apartment portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite” rings true, bringing differences in their social status to worldwide attention. AP The apartments, which are often crampedand sometimes squalid, generally cost between $210 and $500 a month with ahefty deposit. (AP) SEOUL – South Korean director BongJoon-ho’s Oscar-winning film “Parasite” has brought banjiha dwellers toworldwide attention, thanks to its depiction of two families — one living in asemi-basement apartment and the other in an airy mansion — and the differencesin their social status.center_img In 2015, around 1.9% of South Koreanslived in semi-basement apartments, according to data from Statistics Korea.It’s an affordable choice for urban dwellers in Seoul, one of the mostexpensive cities in Asia.last_img

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