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Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Brides from POOR nations

I found this article in our local paper couple days ago. This is a sort of good and bad idea, the bad thing is when brokers sets in... I'm sure we all have different opinions and reactions about this article.
The changing attitudes about love and marriage in rich Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea are pushing many bachelors to seek out brides in other, poorer nations around the region.
Many Asian men particularly those in rural areas, tend to seek traditional wives who will stay home, doing chores and raising children.
An economic boom in recent decades, means women have options their mother didn't. Better educated, they can have careers -ans opt to stay single until Prince Charming shows up, if he ever does.
Instead the men increasingly seek women from countries such as China, Vietnam and the Philippines, where income level are much lower.
The practice has led to some complaints of abuse and exploitation, particularly when the unions are arranged by third-party brokers.
The men "have more bargaining power" when they travel to poorer countries, "some of this men are looking for the sort of women they can't find (in their own countries)-women to wash their clothes, submissive women."
The trend marks a significant shift in countries that have long been ethnically homogenous. Some local South Korean governments, eager to improve the birthrate in an aging country, even subsidized trips abroad for men seeking foreign wives.
Overall, one in eight South Korean marriages involve a foreigner, according to teh Korean Statistics Office.
In Japan the percentages of mixed marriages rose from 1.88 to 6.1 percent in 2005, according to government population survey that year.According to Japanese insurance industry, more than half of Japanese women in their late 20s are still single, up from 30 percent two decades ago and most single women ages 35-54 have no plans to marry.
Marriages brokers charge up to $20,000 to fly lonely men to places such as Vietnam to inspect potential wives, says Mary Kim, vice president of the Inchon Women's Hotline, which offers language training and counseling to foreign brides.
"They meet each other in the morning and get married in the afternoon," kim says. "Then they go to the hotel. It's a very abnormal way to get married."
The appeal for the women involved is usually economic, at least at first. Rachelle Lim earned $210 a month as a sales clerk in greater Manila until she was paired with South Korean suitor. They met on friday, were married that Sunday, and she flew to South Korea when her visa came through three months later.
She didn't know what she was getting into. her new home was cold, the language difficult. The pungent cuisine took some getting to used to. And her husband's job as a factory manager kept him away from home six days a week. "I cannot say I am happy now." says Lim, 29.

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