A center for the support of marriages between Vietnamese and South Korean nationals was established on Thursdayin the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.
The Vietnam-South Korea Center for Joint Care is located in Phu Thu Ward, Cai Rang District, offering free legal counsel and training courses for Vietnamese women married to South Korean men.
Diep Thi Thu Hong, chairwoman of Can Tho’s Women Union, said the center is the first of its kind in Vietnam.
It is supposed to provide economic, legal and psychological support for Vietnamese women married to South Korean husbands.
The center also helps the children of those interracial couples to integrate with their community, Hong said.
Attending Thursday’s opening ceremony of the center, Consul General of South Korea in Ho Chi Minh City Lim Jea-hoon stressed the importance of acknowledging the bright sides as well as the shortcomings of Vietnamese-Korean marriages in order to strive for a better future.
|Children born to interracial marriages play at the Vietnam-South Korea Center for Joint Care in Can Tho City, January 25, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Vietnamese women constituted 27.9 percent of foreign brides in South Korea in 2016. Vietnam is topping the list of countries with the highest number of brides in the East Asian nation, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of South Korea.
Most of these women come from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, where a large number of divorced women and fatherless children of failed interracial marriages face challenges while being re-introduced to life in Vietnam.
Many Vietnamese-Korean children cannot acquire a Vietnamese birth certificate due to a lack of papers, rendering them unable to receive public education.