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Current Event August 20, 2015

Fake Friends

In South Korea people like to impress their neighbors and one of the biggest opportunities is a wedding. Weddings can turn into elaborate productions instead of a celebration of love. In a trend that started in the 1990s some brides families hire guests to fill out the party. The additional people are sometimes needed to help the bride avoid humiliation, or “save face.” Often the groom does not realize people are playing a role. In this story you’ll hear how there are agencies devoted to assign role-playing actors to participate in a variety of occasions, such as playing fake parents, fake spouses and fake office employees

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AIR DATE: 08/05/2015

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