Details of a bizarre trend where Chinese hire white people to stand at events will be uncovered in a documentary on display at this years Sydney Film Festival.
For a few years from 2012 the film's director David Borenstein was employed as a foreigner-for-hire in China.
The industry is one where Chinese people take on white people, including Australians, to attend events, at times in costume.
In some examples foreigners would be required to sit in fake houses, in made up cities where people would just stare at them.
Mr Borenstein, who was living in Chongqing in south west China, told News.com.au the idea was 'absurd'.
'The feeling of being ogled at must have been like the early days of anthropology when you could go to the zoo or a World Fair and see an African tribesman or an Eskimo next to an igloo,' he said.
His movie follows his experiences alongside Yana Yang, a 24-year-old foreigner-for-hire agent eager to earn enough to buy her parents a home from cashing in on the business.
In one instance he was employed to stand in front of hundreds of people, to be in a internationally successful band despite not being able to hit a note or strum the right chord.
In another 'white monkey gig' Mr Borenstein was asked to dress as a British beefeater solider and stare into the distance not making a sound.
'To me, this era of Chinese history is about dreaming as wildly as one can and believing in the power of the human will to make dreams a reality—regardless of the difficulty,' he said.
'Of course when things don't go well, developers need a way to save face and find a way to sell properties.
White people, including Australians! Lol
"The industry is one where Chinese take on white people, including Australians." Who writes this drivel?
Made in China !!!
papabear90 -> OMG
Most products are planned in the West then made in china. Western people select low quality. Low price. In order to profit from other westerners.