In an article entitled “Protecting Youth from ‘Culture of Drinking’”, author Steve Han addresses the issue of the cultural norm of under-age drinking for Korean youth. Drinking alcohol is valued, celebrated, and considered a key part of socializing and enjoyment with friends and family in Korean culture. As Han writes, “For an ethnic community known to stigmatize issues ranging from mental health to cancer, there seems to be a remarkably casual attitude and permissiveness toward exposing young people to this culture of drinking, even excessive drinking.” The author himself recalls being offered his first sip of alcohol at age ten and, since it was his father that offered it to him, he viewed this as his rite of passage into manhood. Furthermore, many Korean parents do not do not see the harm in allowing their under-age children to drink. As one father stated, “To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if my son is having a few drinks with his friends, unless he overdoes it. As long as it’s not to a point where he’s hurting himself or people around him, it wouldn’t be a huge concern to me. It’s not as serious as doing drugs, in my opinion.” Many Korean parents share this same view and even Korean owned liquor stores have been caught selling alcohol to under-age minors knowingly. While Korean families may not see the harm in providing their minors with alcohol, studies have shown that the younger a child is when he or she begins drinking, the higher the likelihood is that he or she will escalate to more powerful illegal drugs. Action needs to be taken to educate Korean families on the negative effects that alcohol can have on their children’s developing brains and their conceptions of appropriate alcohol consumption. Unless the cultural norm of under-age drinking in Korean culture is adjusted, this problem will only continue to worsen. Koreans need to come to terms with this very serious problem and deal with it collectively as a community and a culture, if they ever hope to improve it.