A 'Korean Bride' at her 50th Wedding (Korean). The news article reads :
|Maria Yoon (Middle)|
'한국인 신부' 마리아 윤(39)이 22일 오후(한국 시간 23일 오전) 50번째 결혼식을 올린다. 사진은 지난해 9월 마리아 윤이 몬태나주에서 47번째 결혼식을 올리던 때의 모습. (Translation) 'Korean Bride' Maria Yoon(39) is getting married for the 50th time on the 22nd. Picture shows Maria Yoon during her 47th wedding in Montana.And that's it. No explanation of what the hell this is about, nothing. The comments, not so surprisingly, followed : She must not be a human, she must be a dog. do a DNA testing... slutbag, etc etc.
So I decided to look up and figure out what was going on. More after the jump.
And hey, turns out there was a lot more than just that. From Voices - In Praise of Women,
Maria Yoon is a 1.5 generation Korean American (meaning she was born in Korea and moved to the US when she was young). According to Maria, her parents' pressure to get her married to a Korean man inspired her to start this project.
So she's been going around the country, marrying in every state. She just finished her 'grand finale' on the 22nd, and it's a project to be turned into a documentary. I think this is very cool. Surprised and embarrassed that I didn't know about it before.
Indeed, marriage is a very important and sensitive subject among everybody, but especially for API's (Asian Pacific Islanders) in general. Korean parents are quite popular for wanting their children to marry Korean counterparts, and no one else.
Check out http://www.mariathekoreanbride.com/ for more.
I only wish that Korean news agencies didn't report this as some crazy Korean marriage-whoring lady doing her thing for the 50th time. This is a cultural, artistic, and personal statement but they completely ruined it. Shame on them.