Koreans Welcome Foreign Brides
Created: 2008-11-07 08:25 EST
How do foreign women who marry Korean men find living in Korean culture? The South Korean city of Daegu holds an event to try and help interracial couples start a new life without suffering from social discrimination. Let’s take a look.
The 'Meeting with Multi-Cultural families' is organised by the True Love Voluntary Service and sponsored by the Daegu City and Suseong District Office. The society has been organized to help the increasing number of foreign women who marry Korean men to settle into South Korea.
[Dongyoon Lee, Representative, True Love Service]:
“Many foreigners are coming to Korea to live. Our meeting's common cause is to give opportunity for foreigners to settle down quickly and do our best to help them as much as we can. Many migrant women want to be a Korean as soon as possible. Moreover, they want their children to study hard and grow up to be a respectable person without experiencing prejudice.”
Members of the True Love Voluntary Service help the migrant brides to set up a sisterhood with other migrant women.
[Jeongsuk Jang, True Love Voluntary Service]:
“I came to this event to help take good care of multi-cultural families. An opportunity like this gives me a chance to look after foreigners and because I really want to help them to settle down well.”
Foreign women laugh heartily together, leaving behind the loneliness of living away from home.
[Hyoyoung Sohn , Chinese Bride]:
“I feel so good today. I came here with another migrant family. Thanks to the Suseong District Office for sponsoring this event.”
[Nakayama Yoko, Japanese Bride]:
“I'm very happy to participate in this event. I didn't know that there were so many foreigners living near us. Now I can make friends with other people. I think this event is really helpful to foreigners.”
Korean society prides themselves in the unbroken 5,000-year-history of a monoculture population. But, according to recent statistics one out of ten people marry a person of a different nationality. In this social change, a rapidly increasing multicultural population is causing waves in the still very conservative Korean culture.
NTD, Daegu, South Korea