June 28.2022


There are businesses in Vietnam that may appear surprising: those that specialize in the organization of fake marriages. Even today, we do not joke about marriage in Vietnam, and real young couples are willing to spend hundreds of dollars to hire actors to pose as their parents, aunts, or uncles. These companies are not afraid to charge up to 4,000 USD for services such as supplying guests and organizing the party. They can be referred to in a variety of situations. For instance, a pregnant young woman without a husband who does not want to embarrass his family… In reality, the young woman and her husband are never legally married, but only her parents are aware of this. The only thing that matters is that they played the game in front of friends and family the wedding day, even if the young woman later raises her child alone or divorces soon after the wedding. Other couples may have different reasons: because of being gay, or when one side of the family opposes the wedding. The couple marries but hires a father, mother, uncles, and aunts to replace the opposing family member, who will never know that their son or daughter was married behind their back. In countries where customs and traditions are important, such as Vietnam, it can be difficult to assume that the young generation will follow their hearts. Of course, social norms evolve beneath the surface of a conservative society, but the younger generation in search of freedom frequently finds itself trapped and has no choice but to organize a false ceremony to avoid any problems.






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