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In this short documentary, housing developers in China hire ordinary foreigners to pose as celebrities, boosting flagging property sales. Produced by: David Borenstein Read the story here: Subscribe to the Times Video newsletter for free and get a handpicked selection of the best videos from The New York Times every week: Subscribe on YouTube: Watch more videos at: --------------------------------------------------------------- Want more from The New York Times? Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Google+: Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch. On YouTube. Rent-a-Foreigner in China | Op-Docs | The New York Times


Luey Vivant : This is so superficial and sad.

Gregory Hervet : I m living in this city for years.90% of those models from Russia ukraine and they re pretending they are Americans .

BF3blog : This is no different than using pretty people to sell cosmetics and clothes and cars and what not.

Chad Zeller : This is so friggin sad. Well, at least I now have a fall-back plan as a white person if I get laid off from work - go to China and be a "token white guy."

/ : capitalism at its finest

Rose Red : this is hilarious

Generation Fallout : Once again being white comes in handy. I will make a good well paid servant for the new Chinese masters of the world!! Bow down to china!!

John T. Wolfbanger : Mao Ze Dong is turning in his grave. Or rather, glass show case.

Jia'nan Zhang : Chinese people don't worship white people, let's get this straight. The only reason why they have foreigners is because it gives a more exotic feel. There aren't a lot of foreigners in China. it's actually pretty rare when you go into the interior of China. the more rare something is the more interest is paid to it. that how it works everywhere. For example in Shanghai (tier 1 city) there are barely any advertising showing a foreign face of some kind because Shanghai has 80,000+ foreigners so it isn't so rare. While if you go to the middle of no where (tier 3 or lower city) in the interior seeing a foreigner on an advert or live will attract a lot more attetion. I know this from personal experience because I'm from Shanghai China. I also went to the interior for a family event, the fact that I could barely speak Chinese attracted a lot of attention. I basically only speak English (British) because I was raised in South Africa (former British colony).

Stargate Academy : China - the Twilight Zone made manifest.

Amber Sullivan : This is just wrong in so many levels ...

itsinmynamechap : I hope this is the Chinese remake of The Office.

Nereus : china is a fake country, probably it's real name is something else but they don't even remember it cause it's faakkee ahah i wonder what the people who buy the houses will do after figuring out the neighbourhood is almost non existent!! ahah

dead poet : "A man's world but a white man's planet" - capital steez. RIP

Wong Tik Ki : European face = good, trustworthy, classy etc...White priviledge at its finest. But hey, thats no different from some brands trying to find asain/ afriacan models to gain 'diversity' points. So, no complaint.

Xpace : SMH. People in the comments actin like Americans aren't as superficial. Sigh. Why do businessmen in New York spend thousands on Saville Row suits? Why do they tell you to look, act, and speak your best during job interviews? Has nobody here ever seen Mad Men, ffs?

obsidianstatue : did you know right after the meiji restoration in 1860s the japanese were seriously considering to artificially introduce European genes into their country, to make them more European and less Asian. China is simply going through a phase, a nation of developing people trying to be more confident, they will grow out of it as japan did.

Nicholas M : In America we purposefully try to fill a checklist of minorities for advertising even if the population of an area is mostly one ethnicity. Not as bad as different ethnicities being worth more or less in China, but a similar idea.

MegaTycoon831 : I for one welcome our new chinese overlords although i am latino so maybe im worth half a white person darn...

Harold Goodman : China is fake. Sorry, but that is what it has become.

echolot : wrong on so many levels

David Wu : Chinese really does have low standards. The supposed "handsome" white guys they are casting are 5/10 at best. No wonder white people are egomaniacs and feel so good around minorities.

Dr.Sanjog Sharma : And the Chinese are supposedly about to take over the world...

cat luva : are the y called house honkys? Yes I know I'm going to hell for that.

DR Dan : Those jobs are what the locals call White Monkey jobs.  I kept hearing about my white privilege from the libs but I didn't know I would have to travel half way around the world to use it.

Martin Rayner : Maybe the real estate developers should try aiming their marketing efforts at anti-social misanthropes. It would seem to be the ideal target demographic for these desolate megacities in the middle of nowhere.

Bestline7 : This is just painful to watch. So this is what the world might get reduced to in the future? A sad state of affairs, where the people who really need homes are kicked out of their homes and flashy high rises built for ghosts to live in. Don't tell me it's meant for the rich, because the rich already have houses.

cumartesisaat5 : It is said to be documentary, but I feel like half documentary half fiction

Gregory Teter : integrity /In"tEgrIti/ · n. 1 the quality of having strong moral principles. 2 the state of being whole. Ø the condition of being unified or sound in construction. Ø internal consistency or lack of corruption in electronic data. – ORIGIN ME: from Fr. intégrité or L. integritas, from integer (see integer).

Emily hancock : This is so depressing...I can't believe it's real...

逗逼 : Zhongoyang Central Estates... not a good translation. Central imperial Estates maybe is better...

Ryan Quade : incredible. I am without words.

Celipon : What I find more shocking than them using exotic models is that they build commie blocks with fake castles on top of them. And not just one, many of them together. Who designed this, a ten year old?

jazzie jewlz : wait don't the people in China know this is all fake? :O

Trisha Kanadi : Okay I'm ethnically Chinese and currently live in Shang Hai. I think this isn't a Chinese thing but more of a rural thing. Using foreigners to just stand around isn't a thing in the big cities.

Max Cooper : Amusing and well-done little piece.

左将军领徐州牧如东侯 : True China, yes. Right now, China’s full of lies...

leitmotif : shamelessly ripped off VICE's (HBO) similarly titled documentary. really, NYT?

Cherry Blossom : +The New York Times Your videos are soooo interesting! Love this channel!!

BlueBloods4Dime : I'm speechless....

xzman1989 : It was old-fashioned. mostly rent a beautiful face to sell the house .

Moonsabie : I would like builders to focus on fabric living structures. or self supported achitecture. multi story housing is not needed as most creatives work from home. labor & political populist have traditionally lived in multi story residences given" via extream subsidy. if we are independent fragmented labor/manufactures then any place is a good place.

Jianmin Zeng : 老子把这视频发国内去,让人们知道狗婊子的包装,扭曲的价值观。

StJohnsSmythe : I know the NYT would become a part of Red Chinese enterprise pretty soon!

simpleAtoZ : I am speechless

The Dude : Way to rip off Vice. Literally on the same Day.

Angie at Work : Like the conclusion statement: appearance is reality. :-)

Zheng Youlai : So sorry because this is the truth.

Pierce Parker : Not the capitalism, but white supremacy, at its finest.