International or cross-cultural marriages have become prevalent in Taiwan. Among the 168,800 newly married couples as registered in 2002 in Taiwan, there were 44,843 alien brides mostly from Mainland China (61.9%) and the Southeastern Asian countries (37.3%). Most grooms were from families of lower or middle class engaging in blue-collar jobs. These brides were also likely from lower socioeconomic status (SES) in their homelands. The fertility rate of the registered alien brides from 1983 to 2002 was 12%. The growing number of alien brides reflects increasing health care burdens of the society in Taiwan, including providing health care for the families and education for their offsprings. Especially, those hereditary diseases of the alien brides deserre us to explore, such as β-thalassemia and hemoglobin E. The government should support proper and efficient health education, medical care facilities and the policies for disease prevention to promote the health and happiness of the alien brides' family and themselves.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|