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I am apparently the last one to learn that one of my Korean friends will marry an American acquaintance.  Apparently it was a whirlwind romance.  The slipper fit, and she found her Prince.  This is just a week or so after another Korean friend departed for the United States to marry an American man whom she met while he was here on a short-term visit.  None of the Koreans I’ve met here in Korea have dated or married foreigners, until now.  Two announcements in recent months is noteworthy.  Is there a third on the horizon?  I don’t know.  I’m not plugged into the rumor mill, so I don’t know.
 
I have many Korean acquaintances.  Some of them are not presently dating anyone, but they have hinted that they would be open to dating and marrying foreigners.  For some, dating a foreigner is reminiscent of the Cinderella story, especially when the one who meets and marries the foreigner finds their culture far different from their own.  It is even more intriguing when the foreigner is a traveling expatriate, moving from culture to culture, allowing the person to experience places and things they never would if they remained in their own culture. 
 
I assume that dramatic news occurs in trios.  For example, famous persons often die in threes.  Now, two of my acquaintances have recently announced their intentions to marry.  Is a third on the way?  I don’t know.  I’m very happy for the ones who found true love.  Perhaps my belief that it will happen a third time stems from the hope that it will happen to yet another Korean I know.  I hope so. 
 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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