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Bad Economy is Good for Fortune Tellers

Korea Daily, Posted: Jan 18, 2009

LOS ANGELES As the Year of the Ox begins, Korean Americans are flocking to fortune tellers in a desperate attempt to find out whether they would be able to weather the economic hurricane that has devastated the ethnic community, reports the Korea Daily. Talking to a fortune teller in the New Year to find out the year's luck is a customary practice for many Koreans. But what makes this year different is the topic of inquiries. Unlike past years when most sought guidance for a troubled love life or marriage, this year most customers wish to have their monetary fortunes told. They want to know when the housing market will rebound or when their businesses will turn profitable again. Fortune tellers told the newspaper that the current boom in their industry reflects immigrants' lack of trust in the system.


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