Those Italian brides wouldn’t have to walk around collecting money in satin bags if they had married “Mr. Moneybags.” In the village of Tan Loc in Vietnam, reports say that one of their fastest growing exports is… women(!). According to an article I read last week, Vietnamese women seeking financial security are being “showcased” by matchmaking services to foreign businessmen, mostly from Taiwan and South Korea. If you watch “The Bachelor,” it’s pretty much the same thing, sort of…
Foreigners can sign up through online matchmaking services (who has time anymore for snail mail order brides), like the Singapore-based company “Mr. Cupid” who offers clients a “comprehensive marriage package” and five-day matchmaking excursions. And here I thought it was a honeymoon package!
During the tour, prospective brides twirl, smile and strike poses before the foreign suitor, competing against each other with the hopes of being selected. I don’t think Tyra is on the panel. In a perfect world, the trade off for these Vietnamese women is that they leave behind the poverty of Tan Loc, and with the help of their new husband, they are able to take care of their parents and provide them with a comfortable life as they enter into old age --- a son or daughter’s greatest obligation according to Vietnamese customs.
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Vietnamese Women Wed Foreigners to Help Family