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Foreign wives in rural South Korea struggle to fit in

Men in areas with falling populations find matches in Southeast Asia

Han Sarang, originally from Cambodia, left, and Min Soo-kyung from Vietnam, came to Haenam on the southern tip of Korea to marry.

SEOUL -- Many South Korean men in rural areas who have been unable to find local wives are marrying women from elsewhere in Asia, who come and settle in the Korean countryside. But this journey across borders and cultures involves many trials and frictions for these foreign wives, their husbands and in-laws.

Han Sarang, 28, came from Cambodia in 2008 to a farming village in scenic Haenam county on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, known as the "far end of the land,"

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