I know that many of us are well aware that divorce rates in Asia have been rising for some time. But I thought that the article from where the excerpt below comes might be of interest to some of the folks here. I remember when I first came to taiwan in 1985, many of my taiwanese friends would remark that Americans get divorced too easily… “easy come easy go” is how my wife then commented on the state of failed marraiges in the US.
[quote]In Singapore, the number of divorces is up a third since 1990, while it has nearly doubled in Thailand. In Japan, a couple gets married every 42 seconds, but another couple will divorce before 2 minutes are up. In the past 20 years, the divorce rate has doubled in mainland China and tripled in Taiwan. And the divorce rate in South Korea now exceeds that of many European countries, including the U.K., Denmark and Hungary. Even in India—where a wife was once considered so immutably tied to her husband that she was thrown on his funeral pyre if he died before she did—sociologists estimate that the divorce rate is 11 per 1,000, up from 7.41 per 1,000 in 1991.