“You can only have a career after you have a family. I hope my daughter can marry a foreigner so that she can have a future.” — Tham’s mum
This documentary by Grace Chew features three young Vietnamese women who wants to marry Singaporen men, by interviewing them, their families, and their matchmaker.
Their circumstances are bleak: Vietnamese men don’t seem to be family-oriented, their families are in debt and poverty, and opportunities for further or basic education are not within their reach.
The men don’t ask for much, says their matchmaker. Appearance seems to be key, and youth. The women are advised to be trustworthy, and not to ask for too much money.
Life in poverty is dictated by day-to-day survival. Their future is very distant, and vague.
With no way of determining what their fate will be, these women and their families invest their hopes with destiny.
“To see my own daughter sacrificing, it breaks my heart.” — Han’s mum.