Married and Foreign: Men vs Women

Good Man found two recent articles detailing the number of Korean-Not-Korean marriages in Korea.

Foreign Marriages in Korea

For non-Korean speakers, the left column is the number of foreign men married to Korean women. The five nationalities in order from greatest to least are American, Japanese, Chinese, Canadian, and German. The right column shows the number of foreign women married to Korean men and the top five nationalities in order are Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Filipino(a), and American.

Three of the top five countries for men are considered Western countries. Only one of the top five for women is considered Western.

And that trend only continues.

외국인 남성을 국적별로 보면 미국이 7만3천512명(51.3%)으로 가장 많았고 일본(3만9천900명)ㆍ중국(1만7천493명)ㆍ캐나다(3천369명)ㆍ독일(2천894명)ㆍ영국(1천596명)ㆍ오스트레일리아(1천 532명)ㆍ프랑스(1천143명)ㆍ파키스탄(836명)ㆍ대만(832명) 순이었다.

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외국인 여성의 국적별 분포는 중국이 7만878명(52.5%)로 가장 많고 베트남(3만621명)ㆍ일본(1만2천355명)ㆍ필리핀(6천355명)ㆍ미국(3천572명)ㆍ캄보디아(2천913명)ㆍ태국(2천762명)ㆍ 몽골(2천405명)ㆍ우즈베키스탄(1천555명)ㆍ러시아(1천415명)가 뒤를 이었다.

For men the 6-10th nationalities are English, Australian, French, Pakistani, and Taiwanese. For women married to Korean men the 6-10th nationalities are Cambodian, Thai, Mongolian, Uzbekistani, and Russian.

Again. Compare.

So it’s not just a stereotype to say there are very few couples like “us.” There are very few couples like us. (Yes, yes nitpickers, we live in America and these stats are for people living in Korea, but the trend holds true.)