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American Men Marrying Women in Thailand

Not Always Charming Americans Live Like Princes in Thailand

When she was younger, Nui Davis tells the New York Times, she wished someday her prince would come. He did, in the form of an American man 24 years her elder.

Thanks to the low cost of living in Thailand, Nui and Joseph Davis live like royalty. But there's something else that appeals to Mr. Davis and the 11,000 foreign husbands living in Thailand. He explains:

"Thai women are a lot like women in America were 50 years ago,” said Mr. Davis, before they discovered their rights and became “strong-headed and opinionated."

But the women also have motives besides love. While the men, often retired and sometimes divorced look for emotional support, for women, marrying a Westerner brings money and social status. Perhaps not surprisingly, half of the marriages between foreign men and Thai women end in divorce.

Source: Flickr User clayirving

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lwimbush lwimbush 5 years
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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
This totally disgusts me. My former boss was a scumbag womanizer and spent 1/2 the year bedding young Thai women (even some of the employees in the office he ran over there). I once used his cell phone for a day and I kept receiving calls from women asking, "Why don't you call me no more?". Ack! Disgusting!!! There was a whole group of white businessmen that spent a lot of time over there that he hung out with. Gross. Another thing about Thailand not mentioned above...you can have more than one wife.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
This is a phenomenon that happens is a lot of countries. In Colombia, where you are valued by whom you know and connections, marrying a foreigners means being able to go to another country, like America, where you will be valued by your capacities, and if that is not the case, foreign are perceived as being more innocent and easy to take advantage of. It also means a better social status because those men that reside in Colombia are usually business people that have a lot of money.
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