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Rosemead man joins mass arranged wedding ceremony in Korea

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, several Unificationist couples in Los Angeles are packing their bags for a trip to Korea where they are celebrating the romance of arranged marriage as only they do. They include Yoshio Akuzawa from Rosemead and Christine Haugen from Germany who were introduced to each other by their Unificationist parents a year ago. They will say “I do” along with thousands of other couples at a stadium near Seoul on Feb. 12, 2014.
The Church’s annual mass wedding in Korea, will be joined by satellite wedding events in several U.S. cities including a ceremony for a local couple in Pasadena at the Pasadena Church parsonage.
Akuzawa, 30, whose father is Japanese and whose mother is American, and Haugen, 29, born of a Norwegian father and German mother, are taking their vows in a religious ceremony. They are both adult children of Unificationist couples who were matched in late 1970s and married by Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon in 1982. In today’s Unification Church marriages are arranged by parents of the bride and groom, although in some cases, marriage advisers help suggest the arrangement.
“It took a long time until the whole matching thing worked out for me because I was looking for the ‘right’ partner until I found out it’s all about me becoming the right partner for someone else,” says Christine Haugen. “I created a bucket list for myself for “things to accomplish before turning 30”: That included “getting engaged,” going to the Blessing ceremony in Korea and moving to California so with the help of my parents I uploaded my online matching profile available to other Unificationists and shortly after that a parents’ couple contacted my parents, followed by their son and me talking through Skype and e-mail. In our church your parents help arrange your marriage. My parents also participated in a ‘mass wedding,’ and they didn’t know each other before they got married. Yet, I can see how strong my parents’ marriage is despite difficulties. For me a marriage is not just for you; it’s about bringing different cultures together and through that contributing your part to create world peace.”
Says Akuzawa, “the blessing is important to me, because I feel as though it’s something that my parents fought like hell to be able to give to me. My parents, True Parents (Father Moon and Mrs. Moon) and God have given so much for this to be available to me and my generation.”
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  1. Janice Asaoka Janice Asaoka February 10, 2014

    What a wonderful young couple! May God bless them in their journey through blessed married life together!

  2. Klaus Schick Klaus Schick February 10, 2014

    Well written Story.
    Congratulation to this Couple.
    Just thought that this Unificationist way of “Parents Matching” maps out a strategy that is worth to be studied and followed by Others, like Christian, Jews, Muslims or Hindu’s.
    My Wife and me were matched and married in Korea Feb. 8th 1975 by Rev.Moon. It was all based on Faith and Idealism. Here too my Wife is from New York and I from Germany. We have three Children and three Grandchildren. Next year will be our 40st Wedding anniversary. Our oldest Son was married one year ago and we followed the same pattern as the above Couple.

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