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Chinese Border Residents Use Rice to Buy North Korean Wives

North Korean wives and Chinese husbands in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

North Korean wives of Chinese men in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.

From Mop (1 & 2), Sina, Tiexue:

China border residents use rice to exchange for North Korean wives

The women in the photos are all North Korean women who illegally crossed the border into China because of hunger and starvation. The children in the photos are all the unregistered sons and daughters born to these North Korean refugee women and Chinese men. The men in the phones are all Chinese, Chinese in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture who have married North Korean women. Photos are from the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.

North Korean wives of Chinese men and their children in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

North Korean wives and Chinese husbands in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

The children of North Korean wives and Chinese husbands in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

North Korean wives and Chinese husbands in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

North Korean wives and Chinese husbands in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

North Korean wives and Chinese husbands in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

North Korean wives and Chinese husbands in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

North Korean wives and Chinese husbands in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

North Korean wives and Chinese husbands in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China.

Comments from Mop:

红烧小萝莉:

I’m a peasant and my family has a lot, a lot of rice, so that means I can exchange them for a lot, a lot of wives~~~~

峰E起云涌:

Who can help me contact one~~ Thank you. I’m sincere. Russian, Vietnamese, North Korean, South Korean, all are okay.

疯猫伊万:

They may not have official identification documents, or may even be listed as wanted by their own family, but no matter what, they are the mothers of Chinese babies. China’s men should be men, should treat them well, respect them as their own sisters and wives, never to leave them or abandon them.

liyonguang1979:

Bring in the foreign ladies, let those women who demand houses and cars all go to hell.

香甜大米饭:

Just a little bit ugly.

广丰有美女:

This cost for finding a wife is worth considering.

游水的鱼520:

North Korean girls, come to brother’s arms… Brother [referring to self] resolutely refuses girls who demand houses and cars…

Sky天步:

Louzhu, what you’re talking about is from the last century. Around 1995, there was this kind of thing. The last image you posted [referring to the 6th photo], it’s a river-side photo from our city of Tumen [in Yanbian], but how long ago was that taken? These days, there are newly built tourist boats, constructed in 2008, hehe, so tell me what year your photos were taken. Your photos are all old photos, and its an old story too. Also, the North Korean women were not exchanged for rice, but purchased with money, 3000-5000 varying [RMB], with local ethnic Koreans specializing in the illegally trafficking them in, and disappearing without a trace after around a year with the locals. The local border guards and police don’t let you randomly take in North Koreans either, so only in impoverished mountain areas can they [the North Korean women] live a life with the local bachelors. The government turns a blind eye and leaves it at that. Many of the North Korean women have families in North Korea too, and they want to provide their families with things, money, and there are also a lot of relatives there expecting that the women can bring their families some benefit. They’re all people after all.

In recent years, this kind of thing has lessened. The government is strict in arresting them, and the other side’s border guards are even more strict with the arrests, treason is very serious. These years, the relations with North Korea are more formal and normalized. There’s various trade happening, with Chinese cultivating seafood, transporting it throughout the Northeast to sell. North Koreans are relatively familiar with prices for things in China now, and sometimes are able to buy things cheaper than us. China has many North Koreans who are operating ethnic food businesses, and are doing well, it’s just that not everything here is completely opened up, but mainly it is North Korea that hasn’t opened up, and even if it did, trying to make money off of them will be hard. They’re poor, so they’re very calculating when spending money. This is basically how it is. Hehe.

擦你妹三千:

I want a Russian one, because the more you mix blood with North Koreans, the uglier it gets, so Russians are better.

上帝也聊聊:

Fuck, its rare that imported goods are this cheap!

LADYanimal:

A bunch of stupid cunts, all of the ones in the photos have houses to live in, you all think some rice is enough to trick someone back to suffer with you? You all better continue being losers in your cities.

摆渡长江边:

Male comrades, hurry and mobilize, Vietnamese girls are only 30k, North Korean girls can be exchanged for rice… there’s no fucking need for a house and car, and the next generation will even be mixed blood!!!

施主该嗑药了:

North Korea’s economy I imagine is like China in the 1970s. Using rice to exchange for a wife is a bit exaggerated, but the poverty is real.

为一人负一人伤自己:

This is definitely something from the last century. These days, Yanbian is very well developed. In Tumen and Hunchun [cities in Yanbian], you basically can’t find these scenes from the photographs anymore. What more, North Koreans coming over can’t solve the hukou problem, and essentially have no protection at all. The moment they are reported to the border guards, they are repatriated all the same. Standing on the bridge between the China-North Korean border, North Korean military will not hesitate to use a metal hook to drag you back. This is what my teacher told us when I was attending college in Yanbian.

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