MALAYSIA SUN - Aug 10 - Baeck Ha-na is a YouTube star in South Korea, promoting the "live-alone life". She's part of a growing and determined group of Korean women rejecting marriage and motherhood. Baeck says that the government's latest efforts to boost birthrates are "abusive" and "frustrating" because they fail to address the lack of legal avenues to ensure career development for mothers or alleviating financial burdens in raising children. When it comes to the birth rate, South Korea has ranked at the bottom of OECD countries in the Asia-Pacific region since 2016, with that rate going even lower this year. South Korea and Puerto Rico tied for the lowest overall rates as of 2017: Seven children per 1 000 people, followed by Japan and Hong Kong. In 2019, the number of those dying is expected to outpace the number of those being born.