The beauty and sorrow of foreign brid /外籍新娘的美麗與哀愁
Taiwan has seen an increasing population of foreign brides who desire to improve the financial status of their families. They might well look forward a happy marriage, but language barrier, age difference and money issues constitute blocks on their way to happiness.
Miss Hung from Vietnam is lucky compared with other foreign brides, in that she had walked down the aisle 6 or 7 years ago, when foreign brides were not so "popular." Her parents-in-law had passed away and she has two kids. So she does not have to deal with a big family. Nevertheless, the "road blocks" keep her from going home despite heavy dose of homesickness.
Miss Juan's husband runs a diner in Kaohsiung. Living with his relatives, the 20-year-old lady is occupied with endless chores all day long. Although she has borne a child, she has not adapted to the new life here - she misses her lover in her native land.
Miss Chen has stayed at home doing chores and looking after children since she came to Taiwan, for she does not speak local language and has not completed naturalization. She lives in a small world, only going out to the market for grocery shopping. As for longer trips, she has to wait until her husband is available on holidays.
Most foreign brides marry local residents for money. However, this kind of money-oriented marriage is not easy to swallow. Hung is a typical example. Her family was deep in debt and constantly molested by creditors. On hearing that her family could get a sum of money as gift for her marriage to Taiwan, she soon decided to tie the knot. Her husband is about 20 years older. Although her parents were reluctant to consent, she came anyway. Unfortunately, money became the key point of contention in her marriage. Her Taiwanese husband only intended to marry a foreign wife, not a foreign family. Consequently, the marriage was tarnished by the quarrel over how much money should be sent back to Vietnam.
Money no doubt is the major cause of conflict in intermarriage. As pointed out by a Vietnamese bride, language barrier, different backgrounds also give rise to miscommunications. The majority of foreign brides are confined to house chores and do not get to meet people. Thus, they are all stuck at home with kids as they lead a colorless life.