In a startling break with traditional values, only 29.2 percent of Koreans now feel it is essential to have a son, a survey finds. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family commissioned interviews of 3,500 adults about their gender preferences when it comes to kids.
Another 29.2 percent said it is "somewhat important" to have a son, but 41.6 percent do not think it is necessary.
Also, only 20.8 percent said they intend to leave a larger inheritance to their sons than their daughters, while 29.7 percent said they are partially inclined to do so and 49.4 percent are against advantaging sons.
Asked about men doing household chores, more were in favor than against. Some 62.7 percent of respondents said they like the idea of their sons sharing the workload in the kitchen, and 63.4 percent feel the same way about their sons-in-law.
"Stereotypes about the roles of men and women in the house are changing, while the traditional preference for sons has largely disappeared," said a ministry official. "But traditional attitudes are still prevalent among people over 50."