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Globalization on Vietnamese Transpacific Marriages Vietnamese people have immigrated to the United States even before the Vietnam War, coming in search of the American Dream. However experiencing many hardships, especially finding a suitable spouse, leads to many men turning towards their homeland. In marriages such as Thanh and Minh’s exemplify the forces of globalization that shape transpacific Vietnamese marriages. According to Hung Thai, the forces of globalization affect transpacific Vietnamese marriages by making the men marry ‘down’ and the women marry ‘up’. Vietnamese people immigrate to the US searching for a better life which means a greater economic means of living. After immigrating however, many face hardships such as finding jobs that pay well. In the case of Minh, he ended up working hard on his way up at Panda Garden and sending remittances back to Vietnam. The one problem he faced, as Hung Thai presents in his book was finding a wife, “But I think it’s hard for a [Vietnamese] man to find a wife here if he doesn’t make good money. If you have money, everyone will pay attention to you, but if you don’t’, you
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2011 for the course FEMST 150 taught by Professor Hobson during the Spring '10 term at UCSB.

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