Young South Korean women are turning to suicide in ever greater numbers. Covid-19 is just the start of their problems

When Jin-ah quit her job as a hotel cook she had hoped for relief from the bullying and sexual discrimination that was making her life a misery. But having nothing to do only made her inner demons louder, so she tried to hang herself with the cord of her hair dryer. Jin-ah, 31, did not succeed. Deep within, a survival instinct stirred and she stopped herself before it was too late. Since that day a few months ago the Jeju Island resident has been trying to understand her motivations for…