Short Documentary on Renting Foreigners in China

The Rent-a-Foreigner Industry


Tue, May 5th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The New York Times brings to attention this short documentary on renting out foreigners in China. Reportedly, especially in the real estate world, having white people pose as models or musicians, raises the ability to sell.

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.”



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