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South Korea starts funding 'bride schools'

South Korean 'Bride Schools' Prepare Women For Mail-Order Marriages

You may not be able to teach "love," but it looks like you might be able to teach someone "how to be a bride"... more specifically, a mail-order bride. Mail-order marriages have boomed in South Korea over the span of the last fifteen years, but many marriages fall apart just as quickly as they started.

The Washington Post reports that instead of cracking down on mail-order brides, the South Korean government is taking steps to improve them. In addition to new regulations, the government is funding a number of "bride schools" in Vietnam, which introduces women to the language and culture of their new home before receiving a visa.

As the Wall Street Journal reports, those who are applying for a resident-by-marriage visa must pass a Korean language proficiency test and provide proof of an income equaling more than $13,000 (US.) Potential brides are only exempt if the other partner can prove they make enough money to support the other, or the couple is able to communicate in a different language.

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vivianlwood July 22 2014 at 8:50 AM

Fine, but how about a class for the grooms? Why do these guys want, or need, a stranger from another country to marry them? Something is wrong, way wrong.

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lindamermaid vivianlwood July 22 2014 at 11:18 AM

Some guys want a woman who is obedient, subservient and doesn't complain about their slovenly ways. Not an equal or partner - mainly a slave.

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norawelson vivianlwood July 22 2014 at 2:02 PM

There are any number of reasons that mail-order brides are appealing to a man that does not imply social ineptness. I know that in the United States the boom happened in regions where there were 10 men to every 1 woman, and it was an attempt to help populate the regions. I'm not sure about South Korea's demographics, so am NOT saying that is the case. Just that there are reasons men have gone this route that do not include bieng a 'freak of nature'.

I DO agree if the bride must go through 'class', the groom should, too! You have a valid point there. Very valid.

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purplistik July 22 2014 at 5:51 AM

Some females think " I am female males must want me!". Now about the $13G is that above poverty level? I do not COMMENT in Huffpost any more for information about me is private and not to be Huffpost accessed.

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Mike July 22 2014 at 6:02 AM

New twist; same old ******.

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Tutu July 22 2014 at 8:20 AM

I wonder just how many of you posters have ever been to Korea or understand the culture. Not only Korea but so many other countries where things are very different then in America. I have lived out of hte country and learned the culture of the countries that I lived in. Too dang bad that so many of the posts here are typical of ignorant Americans that think that they know it all but in reality do not understand anything at all............

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Yo ! Babs !! July 22 2014 at 10:01 AM

brides are only exempt if the other partner can prove they make enough money to support the other,

Great sentence structure....NOT !!

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kittenblu July 22 2014 at 8:50 AM

Ew...mail order brides.

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crowland503 July 22 2014 at 8:22 AM

But can you return them if dissatisfied?

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John crowland503 July 22 2014 at 8:33 AM

Or trade them in for a newer model?

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Bob B July 22 2014 at 12:30 PM

Hmmm, I've thinking about becoming an 'instructor' at that 'bride school'. Never mind, I'm too freaken old.

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z5catman July 22 2014 at 12:05 PM

Mail order Marriage is cancelled,,, insufficient postage. hehe

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lindamermaid July 22 2014 at 11:16 AM

Cute. But how about mail-order husbands? Or husband school? I demand equal access to the absurd!

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