Caption: Hang Nga, Vietnam, Credit: Kelly McEvers
Image by: Kelly McEvers 
Hang Nga, Vietnam 

Marriage Broker

From: Homelands Productions
Series: WORKING
Length: 07:44

Kelly McEvers profiles a Vietnamese woman who works for a marriage agency that matches Korean men with Vietnamese brides. Read the full description.

Marriage_small If you're a Korean man who wants to marry a Vietnamese woman, Hang Nga is your go-to gal. She'll help you select a bride, buy the rings, and arrange the ceremony, reception, and honeymoon. It only takes three days – and several thousand dollars. Vietnam’s communist government frowns on such matchmaking practices, but Nga says it’s worth the risk. Making good money means a brighter future for her two young children. Kelly McEvers' profile is part of the WORKING series from Homelands Productions. 

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Piece Description

If you're a Korean man who wants to marry a Vietnamese woman, Hang Nga is your go-to gal. She'll help you select a bride, buy the rings, and arrange the ceremony, reception, and honeymoon. It only takes three days – and several thousand dollars. Vietnam’s communist government frowns on such matchmaking practices, but Nga says it’s worth the risk. Making good money means a brighter future for her two young children. Kelly McEvers' profile is part of the WORKING series from Homelands Productions. 

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Pathetic Koreans and Vietnamese alike

This woman Nga is nothing more than a pimp, I am vietnamese and I can hear her telling and primping up a Korean "PhD" candidate. Puhleeze! How can a person justify and live with oneself by selling her own people. The parents are also willing to sell their own children as well. Then of course we have a "madame" involved, utterly animalistic culture my people has turned into. Utterly shameless when people listen to this story and read other similar to this. Nevermind the poor treatments vietnamese women were treated in Korea. Divorce, suicides, beating and humiliation, then of course they only want male children, which only further deepens their problems and having to buy women. No wonder young and educated Korean, chinese, taiwanese women do not want to marry these men. Shame on all parties.

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Pathetic Koreans and Vietnamese alike

This woman Nga is nothing more than a pimp, I am vietnamese and I can hear her telling and primping up a Korean "PhD" candidate. Puhleeze! How can a person justify and live with oneself by selling her own people. The parents are also willing to sell their own children as well. Then of course we have a "madame" involved, utterly animalistic culture my people has turned into. Utterly shameless when people listen to this story and read other similar to this. Nevermind the poor treatments vietnamese women were treated in Korea. Divorce, suicides, beating and humiliation, then of course they only want male children, which only further deepens their problems and having to buy women. No wonder young and educated Korean, chinese, taiwanese women do not want to marry these men. Shame on all parties.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Seems there’s a shortage of women in China, Taiwan, and South Korea. You can thank years of low birthrates and a preference for male offspring for that. And it’s making it hard for men in those countries to find someone to marry. Unless they go overseas... Vietnam is a popular destination for what are known as “matrimonial holidays.” That has given birth to a sort of slave trade, where young women from the countryside are fooled into thinking they'll become brides but end up in factories or brothels. But there IS still a legitimate side to the business ... brokers who match couples for real. Kelly McEvers went to meet one. Her profile is part of the WORKING series from Homelands Productions.

OUTRO:

That was Kelly McEvers reporting. WORKING is produced by Homelands Productions in collaboration with Marketplace Radio. To see pictures and hear audio, go to working.homelands.org. While you're there, you can also tell the world what you think about YOUR job.

Additional Credits

WORKING is a collaboration between Homelands Productions and Marketplace Radio. Major funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Related Website

http://marketplace.publicradio.org/segments/working/marriagebroker.html