Marriage brokers recruit young Vietnamese women to come to Ho Chi Minh City where they are viewed by groups of Taiwanese men. Each of the men pays a fee to pick a suitable bride from the line-up. Within days of meeting, the couples will be married.
In "Double Happiness", Chien-Chi Chang offers a series of scenarios following the process of arranged marriage in south-east Asia: from selection and application to all the paperwork and the final ceremony. The images are accompanied by interviews with the brokers, the men and women, and sample "interviews" that take place between the potential bride and grooms as they determine the suitability of their partners.
Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4"
Publisher: Aperture Foundation (New York, 2005)