CNN Trinh met her murderer through a matchmaker. This story has been updated to accurately reflect South Korea's immigration laws around foreign spouses. South Korean authorities encourage men to marry foreign women. She was 29 years old and her future husband was in his 50s, court documents show.
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Why foreign wives in South Korea are vulnerable to domestic violence - CNN
Marriage in Korea mirrors many of the practices and expectations of marriages in other societies. Modern practices are a combination of millennia-old traditions and global influences. Marriages during the Koryo Period were made primarily on the basis of political and economic considerations, at least among the aristocracy. King T'aejo, the founder of the Koryo Dynasty, had 29 queens with which he built alliances with other aristocratic families. However, he married all but two of his daughters to their half brothers, rather than using them to further build and affirm alliances. A strategy continued by his successors. Cousin marriage was common in the early Koryo Period, and non-royal aristocrats married daughters to half brothers of different mothers also.
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A horrific video purportedly showing a South Korean man beating his Vietnamese wife in front of a child has ignited outrage over the abuse of foreign women in the country. The year-old man was arrested on Saturday, and the woman involved has been moved to a women's shelter with her young son. Warning: this article contains descriptions of violence. The video has shed light on the vulnerability of foreign women who marry South Koreans - sometimes finding themselves at the mercy of abusive spouses who rarely face the force of the law.