[LAT] In the age of Tinder and eHarmony, K-town parents take their children’s love lives into their own hands

March 29, 2016
Patrick C. Park and his wife have volunteered at 16 Chungsil Hongsil matchmaking events in Koreatown. "It’s giving an opportunity for good people who want to create beautiful families to meet each other,” he said.   (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Patrick C. Park and his wife have volunteered at 16 Chungsil Hongsil matchmaking events in Koreatown. “It’s giving an opportunity for good people who want to create beautiful families to meet each other,” he said. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

[LOS ANGELES TIMES] — Young people in the U.S. are choosing to marry later and later, many satisfied with dating well into their late 30s and 40s or living with a significant other without tying the knot. That has been a source of much heartburn for first-generation Korean immigrants, for whom getting their children settled in wedlock is the culmination of their obligation as parents.

Jae-dong Kim, a gastroenterologist and Catholic deacon, came up with the idea for an event connecting parents with unmarried children six years ago, while marrying off the last of his four offspring.

He saw many fellow Koreans who were stressed out about their kids’ marital prospects but powerless to do much about it. A handful of professional marriage consultants were charging exorbitant fees, sometimes in the thousands of dollars, for introductions.

“I realized it was a grave social issue our immigrant society needs to address,” he said.

In April 2010, Kim, Jung and others from their church started Chungsil Hongsil, so named for the blue and red thread used in traditional Korean marital rites to symbolize the union between a husband and wife.

They invited Koreans of all religions and professions and charged a fee to cover the costs of renting the space and serving dinner.

The result is a cross between a business pitch meeting, speed dating and bingo night. [READ MORE]

2 Comments

  1. Derek Lacoste

    March 29, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    This is just part of millennial courting/dating. This generation has just changed everything. They should learn how to use proper game. If any guys are interested I would check out this dudes blog. Modernmack.com. I have been getting so much tail lately from his texting suggestions.

    • Matthew

      April 3, 2016 at 2:33 PM

      Please stop glorifying a decaying culture. It’s like Grandmaster B to Dennis Rodman style narcissist trash. Come on people we’re better than that.

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