As I was doing research online for Vietnamese search terms on Overture, I noticed that the fourth most searched term when I entered in “Vietnamese” is “Vietnamese girl”. This term beats out the number of searches for “Vietnamese food” and “Vietnamese language” combined. Approximately 250 people search for the term “Vietnamese girl” daily. I wonder what they were looking for?
I was half expecting that a search for “Vietnamese girl” would spit out alot of porn sites in google. But the majority of the top 10 sites were about mail order brides.
I decided to check out the first site – bluedragon and see what it was about.
Bluedragon’s slogan is – “Improve your life, have a Vietnamese wife.”
The site is filled with advertisements about how a Vietnamese wife is the best and how easy it is to head over to Vietnam and pick up a wife. For 10 bucks they offer an address of a Vietnamese girl.
Overall, the site doesn’t surprise me. We’ve all heard about Vietnamese mail order brides and an online operation is nothing new. The page has been up since 1996, so they must have had some succes with it.
What does strike me is that so many people are searching for “Vietnamese girl(s)”. Is this how the general public still views Vietnamese people? Nothing more than a population of Miss Saigons – waiting to be saved by rich men?
The online population at least seems to be more interested in Vietnamese girls than Vietnamese culture. Well thats not entirely true – “Vietnam war” “Vietnamese restaurants” and “Vietnamese Music” are more searched for. Here’s a couple of Vietnamese topics that end up lower than Vietnamese girls: recipes, news, language, culture, american, movie, name, new year, art – to name a few.
How does a company stay in business for almost 10 years selling the addresses of Vietnamese girls? They obviously must have a decent amount of customers or else they would have folded by now. A decade is a long time for an internet business.
But I guess a decade isn’t much in retrospect to the 30 years since the Vietnam War. You’d think that in 30 years though, public view of the Vietnamese would have changed.