Children later than earlier. South Korean women freeze eggs as child-rearing costs rise

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – In South Korea, fewer women are having children and those who do are in no rush. The exorbitant costs of housing and education make financial security essential. Social mores also dictate the need to marry. Lim Eun-young, a 34-year-old civil servant, says she is not ready to start a family … Read more

At the mercy of zealous residential committees, the frustration of Shanghai’s locked vents

SHANGHAI, May 12 (Reuters) – Elizabeth Liu and her husband were elated last week to leave their residential complex in Shanghai for the first time in more than a month. All but one of the buildings in the compound had just been reclassified as low risk after 14 days with no COVID cases. “My husband … Read more