Men from advanced nations and women from developing countries mainly accounted for Korea's increasing number of multi-cultural couples, according to the Supreme Court Sunday. This is the first time a family relations roster of multi-racial families has been made public.For the women there's definitely a different picture:
The survey showed that 143,107 men and 134,831 women of foreign origin from 10 nations are part of multi-cultural families with proper family registration.
Looking into the nationality of foreign males, American nationals topped the list with 73,512, followed by Japanese (39,900), Chinese (17,494), Canadians (3,369), Germans (2,894), English (1,596), Australian (1,532), French (1,143), Pakistanis (836) and Taiwanese (832).
In contrast, the survey found more than 85 percent, or 115,934, of the foreign-born wives were from developing countries such as China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Cambodia.It doesn't give any indication whether these "foreigners" have ROK nationality or not, which would not make them foreigners at all. They are also referred to as people from such-and-such country, which would allow for naturalized Koreans to be included.
Currently, 70,878 Chinese women, or 52.5 percent, topped the list of foreign-born wives of Korean husbands, followed by Vietnamese (30,621), Japanese (12,355), Filipinas (6,355), Americans (3,572), Cambodians (2,913), Thais (2,762), Mongolians (2,405), Uzbekistanis (1,555) and Russians (1,415).
This is, of course, a very different situation from as recently as a few years ago when, I believe, foreign males who were married to ROK national women and chose not to get ROK citizenship themselves could not even be on a family registry.
Indeed, it's easy to see if you've been in Korea for any serious amount of time exactly which direction the trajectory is headed. Troglodytes who might berate a Korean woman in public because she's with a foreign man are remnants of an old order, not representatives of the current one. Of course, that's small consolation if you're on the receiving end of that.
The Joongang Daily also has the story, but with a somewhat silly headline.