Cultural Education Mandatory for Korean Husbands
By Kang Shin-who
Korean men looking to marry women from Southeast Asian countries will be required to receive cultural education, the Korea Immigration Service (KIS) said Sunday. Those who skip the course will be prevented from inviting their foreign spouse here.
The move came after a Vietnamese woman was killed by her Korean husband, who had a history of mental instability, last Thursday, just eight days after arriving in Korea for marriage.
The immigration authorities are now preparing programs for those seeking international marriage to prevent violence against prospective foreign wives. Specific rules related to the compulsory program will be announced later.
However, some experts say that this is a makeshift measure and not enough to tackle the repeated incidents of violence against foreign wives by their Korean husbands.
"Korean people first need to remove biased views and prejudices against those from developing countries. Otherwise, nobody can be sure that unfortunate accidents like this won't happen again," said a professor of social studies at Pusan National University.
There are currently 137,000 foreign-born women in the country who have married Korean men. Chinese top the list, accounting for nearly half of the total, followed by Vietnamese, Japanese and Filipinos.
The 20-year-old Vietnamese woman was beaten and stabbed to death in her house in Busan after quarreling with her husband, according to police. The husband told officers that he was instructed by a ghost to kill her during the fight. (Source)
Yes indeed, EDUCATION is the KEY for these men and women looking for foreign spouses...
Before, I also asked Alex why their government isn't providing cultural education for those wanting to marry non-Koreans. It would make a lot of difference, I hoped, especially for these young women braving the unknown, (mostly?) only meeting their husbands for the first time on their wedding day...
Anyway, I'm just bothered that they blurred the man's picture here while they showed the wife's glowing face.. hhhmmm....
To the lady pictured above, may she rest in peace, and find the love she only longed for...