Hahahahaha ... I read a related piece in China Daily this morning, hence the "resurrection" of the thread ... hey, maybe I should dye my skin and look white too, I definitely have the beer belly :)
Foreign faces there for rent
By Cui Jia (China Daily)
Updated: 2010-08-27 07:43
"You need to be a Caucasian male, look professional and mature but not too handsome, otherwise people might think you're an actor," said the male voice on the end of the line.
Q: Who is ChinaESL?
ChinaESL advertises teaching vacancies on websites and in Beijing listings magazines, such as The Beijinger. When a China Daily reporter approached them posing as an executive looking to hire expats by the hour for corporate meetings, a member of staff surnamed
Tang responded by offering a price list.
"We charge 600 yuan for an hour and 3,000 yuan for the day," she said. "I can promise you they will look and act like professionals during your event (our laowai) are all experienced and know what they are doing.
"You can choose from different skin colors and accents if you want them to talk," she added.
Later that same day, the China Daily reporter called ChinaESL and asked the same question, only this time revealing their true identity. "We only provide foreigners for English language teaching positions, that's all," the customer service worker insisted
before hanging up the phone.
"Where there is demand there is supply," he said. "Many foreigners come to China with no plan or real expertise, except being a native English speaker. Being the window dressing is perfect for them and for my clients."