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Page 14-Friday, June 13, 1980-The Michigan Daily
ORIENTAL WOMEN SOUGHT BY U.S. MEN
Shopping for brides in the mail

(Continued from Page 3)
each month to appear in the booklet.
HE EXPLAINED that many of the
women, who come from poor families,
would like to live in the United States.
"The majority want to get married,"
he added.
Broussard also places the addresses
of wife-seeking men in oriental papers.
The fee is expensive-from $6 to $10 a
word-but it usually pays off for the
seeker. Cherry Blossom customer
Fleming received more than 230
responses in five months. Fleming
expects to visit the Philippines soon to
meet the seven women with whom he is
corresponding.
"I'M LOOKING for a woman who has
her head in better shape than American
women," Fleming said. He added
women in the United States are "really
confused about sex roles," because

first, "they are demanding, and then
they want to play the feminine and
passive role."
He said in the Philippines-he finds
"more honest, clean, premium female.
types."
Each, issue of Cherry Blossoms
contains photographs and
autobiographical sketches of
approximately 260 women who live in
the Philippines, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka,
India, Singapore, and Malaysia. A
year's subscription to the magazine
costs $100. In addition, the original
letter and photograph sent by the
oriental women can be purchased for
$15,- or, if you are a subscriber, $10.
Cherry Blossoms also performs bride
searches for those "who are real
determined to have an oriental wife."
The cost: $1.500. olus $40 for each hour

spent on the case.
"LET'S face it," said Broussard,
"you have to have money. A man has
got to be willing to spend at least as
much for an oriental woman as he
would spend for a good used car."

the publication exploits and
perpetuates the stereotypes of oriental
women.
"THE STEREOTYPE of the exotic,
man-pleasing object is a disastrous
thing," stated Ann Lyons, a counselor

'Let's face it. You have to have money. A man has
got to be willing to spend at least as much for an
oriental woman as he would spend for a good used
car. -John Broussard, publisher of Cherry Blossom

Broussard also sells a 35-page booklet
entitled "How to Write to Oriental
Ladies."
Cherry Blossoms has angered many
members of the American Asian and
oriental communities, who charge that

232M Jenawati (41) Indonesia/Hair-
dresser. Hobby: Dinner, theatre, movies,
- walks on beach, just sitting home.

with the University's Minority Student
Services.
Isao Kobashi is chairman of Asian
Americans for Community
Involvement in California, a group
which has been vocal in its objections to
Cherry Blossoms.
"It's a big sales job," said Kobashi.
"The environment in which these
people live is very tough. People are
sold a dream, a hope, an escape
from the existing environment."
"IT'S A CRUEL exploitation," he
added, 'and they're selling it in a very
vicious manner."
But Broussard brushes aside these
accusations. "All we do is sell
addresses," he stated. ':We don't sell
oriental ladies."
Yet Broussard's defense appears to
be undercut by excerpts from a "May-
June Hot Line," which is received by
subscribers. In it he offers, for a fee,
photographs and the original letters of
women who didn't make it in Cherry
Blossoms. The descriptions are listed
by number and subletter:
"6c) A 25 or 26-year-old Filipina
accounting girl who is half Chinese, 5
ft., 132 lbs. She has a mole below her
mouth, but if she weren't overweight
we think she would be rather pretty. 3
letters & photos: $3.
"14n) These three ladies are rather
homely so we are selling them as a e
group ... All three letters and photos:
$2."

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N226 Tessie (21) Philippines/Secre-
tary. I would like an American man even
if he is tall or short or he is big or small.
My desire is to serve my love one.

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146Y Jocelyn (23) Philippines/Office
employee. I'm a member of a cultural
dance troupe here. Have gone to japan
last 1975 and 1978. Write also about
yourself.

Hairdresser (nursing grad). Status:
divorcee. Religion: Assembly of God
(Pentacostal). Interests: interior
decoration, movies, stage play, tennis.
I'm really interested to look for a marriage
partner.

24M Estrellita (19) Philippines/I am
looking for a suitable, future partner 40 to
70 years of age, loving and considerate,
absolutely a non-drinker.

Proposed constitution alarms Uruguayans

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP)-To
the alarm of civilian political leaders,
Uruguay's ruling military regime has
proposed a new constitution that would
give the armed forces unprecedented
legal powers in future elected gover-
nments, including a device for staging
what amounts to legal coups.
One of the provisions in the proposed
constitution, subject to nationwide
referendum on Nov. 30, would allow the
armed forces to name a nine-judge
Constitutional Tribunal with the power,
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to remove government and party of-
ficials for "ethical, moral or civic"
reasons.
ANOTHER PROVISION would give
military commanders, through the
National Security Council, an equal
share of executive power with the elec-
ted president and full responsibility for
"national security" in the broadest
sense.
Military coups are a way of political
life in this region, but Uruguay's
democratic tradition was interrupted
only once this century when the
military ousted President Juan Bor-
daberry in 1976 following a prolonged
economic crisis and bloody campaign
against the Tupamaros, an urban-
based guerrillas group.
"The intervention of the armed for-

ces is a new phenomenon in Uruguay,"
said Enrique Viana Reyes, a civilian
advisor to the military regime. "The
idea is to legalize their intervention, to
a degree, so they won't have to come
back andstage another coup."
BUT MOST OF the civilian leaders of
this agricultural Latin American coun-
try are urging rejection of the con-
stitution. Rather than restoring
democracy, the document would gut
what is left of the country's democratic
heritage, they warn.
Unless amended before the referen-
dum, the constitution would limit
freedom of expression to that which is
"true, objective and well-founded,"
outlaw Marxist and other parties with
foreign connections, abolish guarantees
against night police raids on private
homes, end a political prisoner's right
to choose exile rather than jail and limit
Congress' power to restore liberties
suspended during national emergen-
cies.
"The military is trying, with this con-
stitution, to escape from the country's
democratic traditions," said Christian

Democrat Party President Juan Terra.
"To accept it would make us worse off
than weare now."
BUT THE MILITARY, which now
rules behind the 74-year-old civilian
president, Aparicio Mendez, claims the
constitution will eliminate the political
inadequacies which prompted the ar-
med forces coup d'etat four years ago.
Frederico Garcia Capurro, a defense
minister in the late 1960s, helped draft
the new constitution. He says the con-
stitutional "checks and balances" un-
der the country's old system of gover-
nment frustrated presidential
initiatives to combat terrorism and
must be abolished.
"The politicians -who resist this
change are the same ones who let the
terrorists get so far," he said.
Uruguayans have tinkered with their
constitution five times in their 150 years
of independence, once to replace the
president with an elected nine-man
committee. That 15-year experiment
ended in 1966 amid economic troubles
that bred years of urban terrorism.

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