May 25, 2012, - 2:48 pm
When I began to read this, I wondered, “why didn’t I get in on this action?” But then I realized you have to be male and speak Mandarin Chinese. Plus, most people tell me I don’t “look Jewish”–their way of saying, hey, don’t all Jews have hooked noses, frizzy hair, and look ugly, per the false stereotypes that pervade the world? And then there’s the fact that I didn’t go to Ted Kaczynzki’s alma mater. Still, even with this new Chinese phenomenon–heavily-laden with stereotypes, it sounds like it could be quite lucrative for the right person. Sitting there and “looking smart and Jewish” isn’t exactly a tough job. Is it?
For those curious about the Chinese “Rent a White Guy” phenomenon, whereby a Chinese company will employ a foreigner part-time to sit near the front of an office or to join in on meetings because it apparently adds a level of sophistication, here’s how they get hired. I received this yesterday from a contact in Beijing, who agreed to it being posted . . . .
The reason I’m contacting you is because today I had a meeting with a contact of mine (deleted) who asked me for some assistance in finding people for some part-time work in Beijing. Essentially they are in the business of (deleted.) They are looking for some Americans to act as assistants in meetings with potential investors, and essentially act as the “white face” to give some more credibility to the project. He said it would need assistance for about 3-4 meetings per month, maybe more, maybe less – it all depends on how the business goes. Of course this will be a paid job, but I have not discussed any payment amount or payment terms so you would have to negotiate that yourself.
The first requirement of the job is that you must be an advanced Mandarin Chinese speaker, since the meetings will all be with Chinese people. Also men only, no females. The other requirement is that you must have some sort of background that Chinese people typically value. My contact is (deleted) and is slightly obsessed with Jewish people and thinks they are the smartest, so he naturally prefers this person to be Jewish. If he can’t get someone Jewish, he would also like someone who went to a famous university — Harvard, Yale, etc. Besides those 2 qualifications, I’m sure he’d be happy with someone who has some sort of connection to someone famous or important, or maybe someone who is really tall and handsome. Basically any characteristic that Chinese people are impressed by – he is looking for in this person. Of course it wouldn’t hurt if this person was good-looking, well-dressed, etc. – I think you can get it.
While the Chinese saved many European Jews during the Holocaust by letting them live in Shanghai, the fact is that Asians harbor a lot of anti-Semitism (and China is helping Iran in its nuclear aspirations to wipe the Jews off the map–you can be they ain’t hiring Jews to attend and “look smart” at those meetings). I also believe that those who espouse the positive stereotypes about Jews (many of them with a lot of truth to them)–that they are smart, good in business, etc.–also embrace the negative, evil stereotypes about Jews.
It’s a good bet that this person who wants a “smart-looking Jew” to sit in on his company’s meetings doesn’t really think that highly of Jews.
And they definitely don’t think highly of China’s Jews. Yes, there is a small community of Chinese Jews. But, clearly, the employer in question wants a American, stereotypical-looking Jews.
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