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the past in Korea, there were large families with
grandparents and over four children. Each family
had up to eight members in the household.
relationships between men and women have
changed; and this has affected cooking at
home. In recent years, husbands have
started doing some of the cooking at home.
Why is this happening?
usually worked outside of the home and made money
for the family to live on. In the case of women, it
was completely the opposite. Women were supposed to
stay at home and do only things related to
those large families, there were really strict
traditional rules about men's and women's roles.
The women used to manage the housework, especially
the cooking. Men were not allowed in the kitchen
for any reason at all; only women could be there.
as generations have changed little by little, the
relationships between men and women have changed;
and this has affected cooking at home.
recent years, husbands have started doing some of
the cooking at home. Why is this
reason is the change in family size. Large families
are no longer common. Nowadays, some married
couples no longer want to live together with their
parents. They want to live on their own because
they have uncomfortable relationships with them. It
is often hard for a new couple to live with their
there are problems; and the young couple wants to
be independent from their parents. These young
people are free to change the rules and don't have
to worry that their parents will disapprove. Many
now think it is no big deal if a husband cooks for
his wife; often they see it as an expression of his
love for her.
reason is the improvement of women's position in
society. Women now work like men. Some women even
make more money than men do. These women will not
stop working once they get married. They no longer
want to stay at home.
if some husbands don't like that, they know that
they need the money she earns in order to bring up
their children. If both the husband and the wife
work out of the home, which should cook? It has to
be both of them now because neither one has enough
time to do all the cooking. Therefore they need to
share the cooking.
it doesn't matter who cooks. It can be either the
husbands or the wives; it all depends on the
situation of each couple. This is the reality in
Korea nowadays, even if some conservative people
don't want to accept it. However, a lot of people
are beginning to understand and even approve of
these changes, and more and more men are spending
time in the kitchen along with their wives!
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