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South Korea, Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Education?

High education levels and salary expectations have created something of a disconnect between South Korean job seekers and employers.

In a classroom in Seoul, students study for an exam
In a classroom in Seoul, students study for an exam
Jason Strother

SEOUL — Most mornings, Lee Seung-hoon takes the subway to Noryangjin, a neighborhood filled with private academies that prepare students for the civil-servant exam. His school is located in a seven-story building called the Mega Study Tower.

It's a strategic choice. Even when the economy is faring poorly, the government still hires. Indeed, South Korea"s new president, Moon Jae-in, has pledged to create thousands more public service jobs for university grads. Also, it's hard to get fired from such jobs. Little wonder public sector positions are known as the "iron rice bowl."

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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