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    Land of Laughs

    China property developers Rent-a-Foreigner to boost sales

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    And I thought Thailand was bad about being racist. There are some amusing moments, such as one foreigner admitting that he had no talent other than drinking beer in a bar. The auditioner's response was something like "that's good enough, you're hired".

    Wish they'd provide a transcript of the video.

    Here's the New York Times opinion piece that was published along with the video:
    April 28, 2015

    In China, it’s hard to find a city that has not built ambitious new districts on its rural periphery. But overbuilding has led to ghost towns: Towering rows of luxury apartments sit completely empty, especially in smaller cities in China’s hinterlands. The lifeless streets seem to contradict official claims that these new developments will become booming, globalized cities.

    In this Op-Doc video, I profile one interesting solution: the rent-a-foreigner industry.

    In provincial West China, I filmed specialty firms that collect groups of foreigners whom they rent out to attend events. Clients can select from a menu of skin colors and nationalities; whites are the most desirable and expensive. The most frequent customers are real estate companies. They believe that filling their remote buildings with foreign faces, even for a day, suggests that the area is “international,” a buzzword in provincial areas that often translates to “buy.”

    The operation usually works by recruiting a few of the thousands of ordinary expatriates in China, and paying them to play whatever role the client feels will best convey its building’s desirability. Musicians and models — often amateurs billed as “famous” — are the most popular personas. But while making this video we also encountered Westerners posing as businessmen, athletes, diplomats and some simply as city residents.

    As a foreigner myself, I sometimes became part of the show, too. Event M.C.s frequently pointed me out to audiences as I filmed the scene, explaining to the crowd that the development for sale was garnering attention from the international media.

    While it is impossible to gauge foreigners’ effect on property sales, the widespread nature of the phenomenon suggests that it works, at least in the eyes of real estate developers. But as property prices continue to decline in China, whether it works enough is another story.

    David Borenstein is a film and TV director currently based in Copenhagen. This Op-Doc is adapted from his forthcoming feature documentary, Chinese Dreamland, on the same topic.

    Op-Docs is a forum for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with creative latitude by independent filmmakers and artists.

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    Ex-Pat Refugee in Thailand
    "Have you tried Indians?" "No." "How much would it cost to hire and Indian?" "About the same as blacks, cheap."

    Some pretty crazy lines used in this vid. The Chinese "Bubble," nobody will talk about. Suckers going on the Yuan currency Bubble now...Love it. Suckers!

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    Guy I know, been living in China for years, does TV commercials, often gets paid to go to business lunches, gives the impression of foreign involvement.
    He told me, Chinese have more trust in westerners then they do in other Chinese.

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