Boyfriend Hire Inflation

10,000 RMB to be my boyfriend

I haven’t written about this for a couple of years so I thought I’d bring it up again for the newer readers. Basically, many young Chinese are under severe pressure from their parents to find a husband or wife and many of them resort to hiring someone to go home with them during the Spring Festival and pretend to be their boyfriend / girlfriend. The rates seem quite generous too. When I blogged about this in 2009, the guy in question was offering 6,000 RMB with all expenses covered in addition for a girl to go back with him to his home town during new year.

Interestingly the girl in the picture is offering 10,000 RMB for 5 days “work”, so I guess inflation has pushed up the market rates in the last 2 years! I have to admit I’d be tempted to do it for free. It would make for an interesting week away and solve the problem of boredom during the 7 day break!

I have to admit, when I first saw the picture I thought she was offering to be someone’s fake girlfriend for 10,000 RMB, but it’s the other way round.

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36 Responses to Boyfriend Hire Inflation

  1. T. says:

    Her? Shoot, I’d give her a discount.

  2. WoAi says:

    @T – Take a number buddy, I found her first!

  3. mark says:

    i can understand guys having trouble getting a date… but i can’t imagine that girls, especially ones that look like her, having too much trouble.

    unless they are really just paying you to hang around their family for a few days then get lost. (the money makes sure you really get lost?)

  4. WoAi says:

    @Mark – They’re not looking for dates. They are looking to hire someone to pretend to be their boyfriend or girlfriend for the duration of the holiday to fool their parents and relieve the pressure for another year (many only go home once a year). So as you say, it’s purely a business arrangement, although there have been cases where the couple actually fall in love and end up being together for real!

  5. T. says:

    @Mark – You don’t pay a prostitute to sleep with you. You pay her to go away. – Charlie Sheen

  6. WoAi says:

    @T – If I want a girl to leave I just say I have to get up early in the morning. What can I say, I’m a cheap skate!

  7. Homer says:

    I feel a new business opportunity coming on. My main attractive feature: White skin.

  8. WoAi says:

    @Homer – Many Chinese girls are curious about western guys and in Shanghai at least you often see Chinese girls proudly walking with their white boyfriends. But I think for the purpose of taking home a guy for new year, white skin generally won’t be desired. I know quite a few girls who keep secret the fact their boyfriend is not Chinese as many parents will worry the boyfriend will one day leave China and they will lose their daughter.

  9. Homer says:

    WoAi, yes I am aware of that and even had a issue myself what that. I just, you know, felt like making some sort of comment. But yeah they wouldn’t want that pension to slip away would they. Maybe my Apple products would make up for my light skin. You never know. Haha.

  10. WoAi says:

    @Homer – Fair enough. Then thanks for stopping by.

  11. Rich says:

    @Homer-white skin def won’t cut it. But, if you owned your own apartment…

  12. Homer says:

    Yeah I know. If anything it was more of a joke. Now on the other hand if I owned an apartment in Shanghai, well, I probably wouldn’t be available for such shenanigans.

  13. IC says:

    This is legal, right? Seriously, what does the word `prostitution’ mean?

  14. Yon says:

    I’ll be in China for new years in 2012 :) 10,000= 1,500USD… Sounds like a good week to me!

  15. WoAi says:

    @IC – There’s no sex involved they just go back to the home town and meet the family so it’s definitely not prostitution.

    @Yon – Maybe I’ll hire you do I get a discount?

  16. Yon says:

    If it means I get an expenses paid trip to London, book me now!

  17. IC says:

    I mean `debase’ when some one take the job to prostitute himself as `boyfriend’

    Well, most people would think prostitution as selling sex. But this is selling some kind `sexual feature’ lol

  18. Rich says:

    And they say romance is dead.

  19. Bittermelon says:

    This issue is of course nothing new. Ang Lee’s first commercial success, The Wedding Banquet, which established him as one of the best young directors, spoke exactly to this issue. Although the situation is slightly different (gay man, NYC, Taiwanese parents), the premise is pretty much the same.

  20. IC says:

    @woai and homer

    White guys often have irrational confidence. There is an article at Economist. Losers in some countries do not feel as bad as others.
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/01/daily_chart_misery_and_happiness
    Living in West,I know, white-trash or losers still feel superior to others, even with contempt to their fellow white upper class.
    Chinese guys really need this type of irrational confidence or self-esteem. Asians like to be praised by others. White like to praise themself. Waiting for white to praise is NOT gonna happen for Chinese guys. Most Chinese just do not know how to play the game in this western dominating world in term of romance, commerce, sport, or even military. Only small percentage Asians living in West know the game. If you do not how to play, your products are always cheap, you are always ugly, you are always inferior. It is about self-respect. Do not expect respect from homer. lol.
    Self-promotion is the key for western mentality.

  21. Rich says:

    @IC-what a strange analysis. I think you need to get out more.

  22. KingBadger says:

    Da white man be oppressin’ and undressin’ our women. Da Asian bruthas must fight back. We be revolutionin’!

  23. IC says:

    @Rich

    I got my analysis because I go out with white people more than my fellow Chinese immigrants here. At end, I am able to psychoanalize both white people and asian people.

    My gf family are bragging about their Norwegian heritage day and night. But most Chinese are more into self-pity.

  24. Stimpy says:

    I have to say, I have noticed that Chinese people are more self-deprecating. Not sure about over-seas Chinese though.

  25. T. says:

    @IC – Yeah, I find your analysis very strange. I grew up amongst white people (and Mexicans – it was Los Angeles). I don’t feel that confidence really can be ascribed to race or culture.

  26. WoAi says:

    @IC – I am from England where self deprecating is the norm or at least a very common form of humour. This is probably quite different from Americans who tend to talk big. So you see, already there’s a flaw in the way you group “westerners” in to one large group in the same way I talk about Americans (mockingly).

    I know many Chinese who talk themselves up so much you can smell the bullshit. Remember I interview a lot of people here.

  27. T. says:

    @WoAi – plenty of Americans are self-deprecating. And plenty of English people talk big (England sure to win world cup!)

  28. WoAi says:

    @T – Well we would have won if that bloody goal had not been outrageously disallowed despite clearly crossing the line by about a metre!

    But seriously, after that performance, I don’t think you’ll find an Englishman who will believe we’ll win in Brazil in 2014!

  29. Homer says:

    Very strange indeed.

  30. Sarah says:

    @ the people who call it prostitution it’s clearly an escort service that is required.

    I think that’s a business opportunity for someone in China to set up a service with a list of eligible bachelors who will happily rent themselves out as boyfriends. Why not?

    But I am really surprised it is girls needing guys

  31. Rich says:

    @Sarah – it could be that the old-fashioned parents still think it’s quite acceptable for a young man to be preoccupied with making money whereas a young girl must be married off for fear of being left on the shelf. Hence greater pressure on the girls?

    I’ll have to ‘psychoanalyse’ that one. Shouldn’t take a minute ;)

  32. maxiewawa says:

    Me too! I thought “is she offering her services, or looking to hire someone?”

  33. WoAi says:

    @Sarah – Yes, as Rich says, in Chinese culture there’s a lot more pressure on the girls to marry compared to guys so really it isn’t surprising at all.

  34. Dingle says:

    whatever it is, she definitely “wants it”, I can tell

  35. Mark says:

    That is the consequence of “tradition”. It’s so
    sad that the girl needs to hire boyfriend just
    to pretend..

  36. Aya says:

    This is understandable…But feel like it’s for sensationalization only.

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