>New career path, anyone?

>It’s not a career path I could take, however, given that it’s a race-specific one:

Renting White People in China (via Absolutely Fobulous)

AbFob end with this: “If you’re a woman, you might be hired as a fake foreign girlfriend.”

I’ve seen a few media items recently that highlight this phenomenon of ‘whitewashing’ your company to bump it up the status/capital stakes.

Disturbing? Funny? Old news?

And if a chick can be a career ‘white girlfriend’, does that mean that a guy can be a career ‘white boyfriend’? Or does having a white boyfriend (even a fake one) not promote the right kind of image about a Chinese businesswoman?

Yes, this post is all questions and no answers.


4 thoughts on “>New career path, anyone?

  1. Eurasian Sensation 02/07/2010 / 1:26 am

    >If you do get a fake white girlfriend/boyfriend, will they have fake sex with you? Orgasms would be faked, naturally.

  2. tseen 02/07/2010 / 1:35 am

    >Well, Chris, there's only one way to find out – break out your investigative journalist hat. I'm sure there'll be a hook-up site spawning any minute now for Chinese businesses looking for that perfect White accent for their company.[I wrote a mini-essay on your recent post re Asian drivers, then Blogger nixed it. May just make a post of it here. It got long.]

  3. oanh 04/07/2010 / 9:59 pm

    >Argh! No. I vote disturbing. It just makes me want to do a face plant.

  4. tseen 05/07/2010 / 1:43 am

    >I find it astounding that it happens so brazenly. All this critical writing about the subtext of racial capital and, here we are, with a very clear deployment of it. No subtext required!

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