The bizarre Chinese trend to hire white people to stand around at events
By News,June 12, 2017
At one event, they dressed up as British beefeater soldiers, some in ill-fitting fancy dress suits, and simply stared ahead, mute. Other foreigners would sit in fake houses in fake cities pretending to lead fake lives, where people would look at them longingly, eager for some of that fake international pizzazz to rub off. “It was absurd,” said Mr Borenstein, who lived in Chongqing at the time in south west China. “They didn’t care if we had any skills or talent. We used to call them ‘white monkey’ gigs.