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While making five promises to each other during the nuptials in a Buddhist temple, Hyun Joo raises her arms to hide her face behind her sleeves until Yong Soo puts a gold wedding ring on her finger. Six months earlier, the couple were married in a civil ceremony at City Hall but now, desiring a Buddhist rite, they wear national dress.
Katrina Thomas's notes: Koreans emigrated to Hawaii first in 1903. Most came to the U.S. after 1965. Although Korean society is built on a complex of Confucian and Buddhist precepts, those here are largely Christian, but respect Confucian rules, which emphasize fealty to family and the authority of an elder or one of higher rank. Weddings are marked by much ceremonial bowing. A unique ceremony at the end, known as p'yebaek, officially accepts the bride into the bridegroom's family. Whereas formerly it was accomplished after the arrival of the newlyweds at the home of the bridegroom's parents, their conjugal home, today it is performed at the reception.