Do Hong Kong Women Want Foreigner Boyfriends?

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If you’re a white guy living in Hong Kong, you could go to a speed-dating event for free where Asian women pay $4800 HKD (or over $300 CAD) to meet you.

Not only do “foreigners” get the privilege of hanging out with Chinese women who are desperate to bask in their whiteness, they get a free dinner out of it too.

In the ad, an Asian woman is shown to be smiling amicably at a white dude. I wonder if she’s thinking, “I hope meeting this man will be worth half my month’s rent”?

Image courtesy of beijingcream.com

It’s no mystery that Westerners are associated with wealth and status in Hong Kong and Asia. My mom had never met a low income white person before coming to Canada and she was shocked at the number of homeless people here who happened to be white.

While in Hong Kong, my white boyfriend walked down the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui and got harassed by people trying to sell him a suit or a massage. The Chinese guy next to him? Nobody bothered him. My boyfriend got better service in fast food restaurants than I did. People stressed out about pleasing him (which for the record, I never stress about).

The women who sign up for this don’t realize that not all white people are rich and hot like Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio.

The event clearly exploits them. It screams, “Give me two iPods’ worth of money and I will introduce you to a hot white guy who is way more romantic and suave than Andy Lau.”

Unfortunately, what they get will probably be some Asian-fetishizer who just wants them to play out his subservient fantasies in aprons making fried rice. He probably isn’t as rich as he claims and will go home to his wife at the end of the day (the ad doesn’t require the male participants to be “single,” unlike female participants).

I think buying an iPod would be a better investment. And those things break in a year or two.

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About Vinnie Yuen

Vinnie Yuen
Vinnie is a 1.5 generation Chinese Canadian who calls Hong Kong and Vancouver home. She likes story-telling and writing about relationships, gender and identity. Vinnie has a Master of Journalism and B.A. in English Literature from UBC.

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