Random Ridiculousness: Chinese Companies Renting White Folks For “Face”

- By Bossip Staff

This is an interesting read:

In China, white people can be rented. For a day, a weekend, a week, up to even a month or two, Chinese companies are willing to pay high prices for fair-faced foreigners to join them as fake employees or business partners.

Some call it “White Guy Window Dressing.” To others, it’s known as the “White Guy in a Tie” events, “The Token White Guy Gig,” or, simply, a “Face Job.” Some call it “White Guy Window Dressing.” To others, it’s known as the “White Guy in a Tie” events, “The Token White Guy Gig,” or, simply, a “Face Job.”

And it is, essentially, all about the age-old Chinese concept of face. To have a few foreigners hanging around means a company has prestige, money and the increasingly crucial connections — real or not — to businesses abroad. “Face, we say in China, is more important than life itself,” said Zhang Haihua, author of “Think Like Chinese.” “Because Western countries are so developed, people think they are more well off, so people think that if a company can hire foreigners, it must have a lot of money and have very important connections overseas. So when they really want to impress someone, they may roll out a foreigner.” Or rent one.

Last year, Jonathan Zatkin, an American actor who lives in Beijing, posed as the vice president of an Italian jewelry company that had, allegedly, been in a partnership with a Chinese jewelry chain for a decade. Zatkin was paid 2,000 yuan (about $300) to fly, along with a couple of Russian models, to a small city in the central province of Henan where he delivered a speech for the grand opening ceremony of a jewelry store there.

The requirements for these jobs are simple. 1. Be white. 2. Do not speak any Chinese, or really speak at all, unless asked. 3. Pretend like you just got off of an airplane yesterday. Those who go for such gigs tend to be unemployed actors or models, part-time English teachers or other expats looking to earn a few extra bucks. Often they are jobs at a second- or third-tier city, where the presence of pale-faced foreigners is needed to impress local officials, secure a contract or simply to fulfill a claim of being international.

And it is, essentially, all about the age-old Chinese concept of face. To have a few foreigners hanging around means a company has prestige, money and the increasingly crucial connections — real or not — to businesses abroad.

Now if they “rent” some black people their profit would triple. Would you rent yourself for a few more dollars?

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  • Mick3y Mous3 Shirt

    White people have had FACE jobs forever. I have a few “White man in the window” people at my job. I work in AMERICA…lol

  • You Smell Me??

    Sounds like your typical CEO to me.

    1. Be White.
    2. Dont Speak, or do anything for that matter.
    3. Pretend that you got off a plane yesterday…

  • lani3000

    be-ZZARRE

  • HoneyB

    Interesting…but did anybody think to proof read that 2nd paragraph before posting this article?

    …sorry, little things like this annoy me…

  • Stop It!!!

    They are dumb as fu@K. Everybody wants to be something else. Accept yourselves, and appreciate your own self. I would not change a thing about myself. I love me!

  • Wow Everyone Think The Nansty Skinned Recessive Gene White Person Is Good Will Will Everyone Learn That White People are Evil I

    All my God anything but nansty recessive gene, lice wearing, fake a*s tan people , with there fake lips, fake breast, fake butts, white people are the fakest of all races.

    Don’t put your trust in a white person.

  • Breezi

    This article was TRES weird, but it sounds fun. Exciting, almost, lol. I don’t think it’s a matter of trying to be someone else, a la “STOP IT”, but a chance to see something new, and get paid for it, instead of coming outta pocket all crazy. I’d do it. =]

  • LuVn_LiFe

    Very Peculiar”

  • Jack

    Well I can see where they are coming from even if it is offputting. Western society is currently the most successful and developed society in the world. If you go to other countries and ask them who they think of when they think of “westerners” they will more than likely mention blond hair and blue eyes. So its understandable if a company wants to be see as more successful than they actual are by showing people from countries they associate with success and wealthy.

  • Color DOES Matter

    This is sad but I believe it

    I have to admit that I have chosen products, restaurants, stores b/c of “White Face.” U dnt wana go anywhere that is seen as “ghetto” or “urban” (the term Whites use) for certain things.
    Sorry, but its the truth

  • Annelli

    This just proves that being “white” is the standard of beauty and that being “white” is peferred in not just American, but in other countries as well. Shameful but true.

  • LolaFlorida

    Definitely unethical… who wants to do business with dishonest businemen?

  • Shreveport Shawty

    @ LolaFlorida, Very True!!!

  • Truly.S.Blaque

    @ YOU SMELL ME –

    “Sounds like your typical CEO to me.

    1. Be White.
    2. Dont Speak, or do anything for that matter.
    3. Pretend that you got off a plane yesterday…”

    Preach, brotha! LOL!

    Ethics would definitely seem to be an issue here, but I’m not familiar with the ethical blueprints of Chinese industry. And let’s be honest, ethics in (most) corporations are really just words on paper.

    I, too, was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a new service being provided to regular folks. Oh well, guess there’s always rent-boy.com….

  • MsDtown

    lol @You Smell Me….omg the funniest thing i’ve heard all day

  • shynum1

    I swear that was the same idea I had….LMAO being a black women in a man’s world trying to start a accounting firm. I still might do it.

  • It figures!!!

    Who wants to be white? Are you kidding me?!
    Funny how they believe that a white face provides prestige when white folks COPY from blacks and other cultures of color:
    tan – paint themselves shades darker to have our brown OR get burnt doing it.
    surgery – cut themselves up to have our big lips, cheeks, buttocks, calves and any other curves.

    Obviously the Chinese didnt ask the Native Americans or Africans or middle east about doing business with Caucasians.

    Then again I never trust what China makes anyway. So maybe they belong together.

  • LAO TZU

    this is really symptomatic of a deeper self hatred among the chinese in particular and asians in general. They have a severe inferiority complex when it comes to white people. A quick perusal of any dating site will reveAl the asian womans open desire for any ol’ piece of a white man. Here in southern california they walk around with big green visors on their heads in the summer time for fear of becoming to dark, and eye lid surgery and nose surgeries are quite common place. sad that one of the oldest civilizations in the world reveres the white man over itself. the power of white supremacy is AMAZING.

  • nywoman23

    chinese are worse than so called black people when it comes to so called white people. they are worse a.s.s kissers. s-m-h

  • SARAH

    HMM I COULD TELL MY HUBY ABOUT THIS.

  • MY MY MY

    sounds like professional scammers to me.

  • sensible

    ppl need to chill with the over-analyzing and stereotyping the chinese as self-hating people…gosh..the only reason they’re using these white actors is not cuz they think a white business partner is physically better looking..in this case, it’s not about the looks..rather, it’s a testimony of the success of european people…whether you like it or not, white people are the most successful ethnicity (economically speaking)…so it’s no wonder upcoming chinese businesses want to associate themselves with the universal model of success… i’m not saying other ethnicities are dumb and unsuccessful…rather, as a whole, whites have more economic credibility than other ethnicity.
    if blacks as a whole were the most successful(economically) of all ethnicities, there’s no doubt these chinese entrepreneurs would want to associate themselves with blacks and would hire black models.
    simple as that. it’s not about hating themselves..rather, it’s an age old business tactic…window dressing your business credibility.

  • common sense!!!!!!!!

    I can not believe a culture as anceint as China can be so amazed by Western culture. They must really hate themselves!

  • peter illyich

    @sensible

    Thank you for talking some sense. The rest of these fools be bringing up race, white supremacy etc when it all comes down to BUSINESS decisions. Nothing more but simple economics, nothing to do with inferiority complex.

  • myHusbandMonitorsMyInternetActivity

    It is obvious that this was cut and pasted because there are paragraphs of this story that have been repeated… edit..edit..edit

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