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South Koreans are becoming a year younger following a set of bills passed by parliament to unify the country's age system. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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South Koreans are getting a year younger, parliament rules

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Korean band BTS appears at the daily press briefing with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, in the Brady Press Briefing of the White House in Washington, DC, May 31, 2022. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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BTS arrives at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on April 3, in Las Vegas. The popularity of K-pop has contributed to a surge in people taking Korean language courses. Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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Kwak Sin-ae, Bong Joon-ho, cast and crew of Parasite at the 92nd Oscars in February, 2020. Eric McCandless/Eric McCandless via Getty Images hide caption

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South Korean cast members (from left) Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon in a scene from Squid Game. The series is a globally popular South Korea-produced Netflix show that depicts hundreds of financially distressed characters competing in deadly children's games for a chance to escape severe debt. Youngkyu Park/AP hide caption

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For cash-strapped South Koreans, the class conflict in 'Squid Game' is deadly serious

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Lee Bae-yong, the first woman to officiate a Confucian ceremony in the country's long history with Confucianism, at Museong Seowon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jun Michael Park for NPR hide caption

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A woman takes a lead role in Confucian ceremonies, breaking a new path in South Korea

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