With the Marmot not posting lately (if he doesn't have something up tomorrow, I'll have to call him), it seems that I have Korean tabloid trash all to myself today. And nobody provides tabloid trash like our good buddies at the Chosun Ilbo.
Their latest is an article about the problems 3rd world women have when they marry Korean men.
At first their problems seem trivial:
36-year-old Filipina Lea, participating in the Koseong area, shared her difficulty in communicating with her in-laws. "My mother in law told me to get 'gae' (sesame seed) from the refrigerator, and I thought she meant 'ggae' (dog) so I told her that the dog is in the yard. She said 'My, you are slow! I meant the sesame seed!'But there is a darker side:
According to research in 2002 by Gwangju Female Development Center, 30 percent of the female foreign workers who marry Koreans suffer from domestic violence. Kim Min-jung from the Female Foreign Workers Human Rights Committee said, “Many of these women come to Korea with false information that promised a wealthy life. Moreover, wedding agencies get paid thousands of won in advance from men, so once these women arrive, they are treated like servants or maids.”I don't know if the 30% figure is much above the national average (Note to the Chosun's Kim Yoon-duk, you should have found that out and told us.) but the simple fact is that there are going to be many more of these kinds of marriages in the near future. Korea's current out-of-whack boy to girl birth ratio started in the 1980s (stroll down to the first chart). Those age cohorts are about to hit the marriage market and many young men are going to find themselves without prospects. So, considering that Korea is a relatively rich country, that gap will naturally be filled by women from poorer countries.
Korea is about to bring in young women from South-East Asia by the boat-loads and they are going to make babies, so folks here had better get ready. One important step would be to define 'Koreaness' as something that is based on shared cultural rather than on blood. Otherwise, Korea will eventually find itself with loaded with large numbers ethnic 'bastards' who can't fit into normal society.
The clock is ticking.