In 2007, Guangdong passed a piece of legislation that outlawed the keeping of mistresses, but wasn't able to enforce it. The provincial government's new solution is a pioneering "female education program" across elementary and high schools that aims to teach girls to depend on themselves - not sugar daddies - for their future. "The education will focus on self-esteem, self-confidence, self-reliance and self-improvement," Lei Yulan, vice governor of Guangdong, told a symposium when the initiative was announced in March.
2007年，广东省通过了一条法例，规定包养情妇不合法，但却无法实施。省政府出了一项开创性的新解决方案——“女性教育计划”，这个计划贯穿在小学和中学教育，旨在教导女孩依靠自己创造未来， 而不是靠傍大款。 “教育将侧重于自尊，自信，自立，自强。”广东省副省长雷于蓝在3月份的研讨会上如是说。
But Li Yinhe, a researcher at the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), says that education alone will not be the answer to a problem so deeply ingrained in Chinese culture. "This is a social custom, and it's well known that social customs are the hardest to change," Li says. "In traditional society, people believed that the more wives a man had the more successful he was. Now this tradition has found room to grow again."
但是，李银河（中国社会科学院（CASS）的社会学研究所研究员）说，教育本身不能解决根深蒂固的传统文化问题。她说： “这是一种社会习俗，而且众所周知，社会习俗是最难改变的。” “在传统的观念里，人们都以为，拥有越多的女人表示一个男人越成功。现在，这个传统找到了发展的温床。”
Throughout China's dynastic history, keeping mistresses was not only tolerated, but actually had the official seal of approval from the men at the top. The country's emperors maintained legendary harems of concubines, as did noblemen, wealthy merchants and anyone seeking to enhance their social status. Indeed, the country's most famous classic novel, Dream of the Red Chamber, relates the story of an imperial concubine in the Qing dynasty who supports her entire family, including its own numerous concubines, thanks to the emperor's patronage.
That historical context has perpetuated the notion that having a mistress equates to having status and power. Now, in today's status-hungry China, keeping a mistress is once again the fashionable thing to do. In some cities, an entire ecosystem has sprung up to support the ernai industry. A recent online exposÉ revealed an ernai agency in Shanghai that provided a menu of potential college-student mistresses for men willing to pay. The annual maintenance fees ranged from just $3,000 for students in less renowned schools to about $26,000 for students from the best campuses.
In China today, the search for a partner is often not inspired by love - but driven by a stark financial calculus. "I'd rather cry in the back seat of a BMW than smile on a back of a bike," is the common attitude of a certain segment of young girls when they are looking for wealthy partners. On the country's most popular online-dating sites, women cannot search for potential mates by common interests or hobbies, but they can select whether they require their prospective partner to have a house and a car, as well as the minimum salary level they would find acceptable.
At the same time, the booming economy means that many men now have the financial clout and disposable income to support another lover. "Economic growth has made some people rich, so they can afford to spend money on more women - especially since they have this traditional idea that having more women equates to being more successful," says Li. And With more and more women willing to play the game, social mores are shifting. While throughout the centuries men who kept mistresses have consistently been regarded as successful, attitudes toward the women who serve those men have become noticeably more lenient in recent years.
No one typifies this better than pseudo celebrity Li Wei, the self-styled "Queen of Mistresses." Arriving in southwestern Yunnan province as a penniless refugee from Vietnam, Li managed a series of affairs with ever more senior politicians. She then parlayed her charms into a vast empire of property and stocks. When it inevitably all came crashing down, Li cut a deal with prosecutors and turned in her many past lovers for lengthy sentences, while she herself served just a short sentence and emerged with most of her wealth still intact. Her conquests included Li Jiating, governor of Yunnan, and after Li was jailed, Du Shicheng, Communist Party secretary of Qingdao, who enabled Li to make a fortune from Qingdao's role as a host city for the 2008 Olympics.
Yet for all her corruption, deceit and treachery, Li has earned as many admirers among the Chinese public as she has detractors. Some delight in the power that a commoner wielded over corrupt officials, while others respect her for having made her way to the top from humble beginnings. "If she only had a pretty face, and nothing else, there is no way she could have tempted all those officials," said one poster on popular online forum Tianya. "She must have had something that other girls didn't - maturity, tolerance and knowledge.
With respect for ernais on the rise, and attitudes toward cheating men unchanged through the centuries, CASS's Li argues that focusing on female education alone is not going to solve the problem. "You can't only educate the females and expect to solve the problem. Why not educate the men as well?" she asks. "After all, they're the ones who go looking for mistresses."
after having one chinese mistress, does a man hunger for more an hour later?
Mistress Epidemic? Thats it, I'm moving to china.
This is what American jobs sent to China are paying for
It's a Chinese tradition - all the Emperors had several wives and a stable of porcupines！
It is the oldest occupation.
Not sure I understand why it's such a bad thing. Who cares? If the men and women are happy with it, let them do it and not push our stupid Puritan values on others.
why should they have to amend their culture? What if they came to the west and told the women to stop banging a different guy every couple of weeks?
"Quangdong" ? Is there a Hung Low restaurant there? Considering that a man is only allowed one mistress, it's not the same as prostitution. In this country the Politicians are the prostitutes. Ironically to the Chinese Government who they gave most favored trade nation status and sold out American workers. So, all that money they spend on mistresses comes from Americans who borrow money from China to buy products from China. This sounds an awful lot like a heroin addict who robs his mother's purse of rent money and buys drugs and prostitutes with it. To compare politicians with heroin addicts is an insult to addicts , though, so I apologize. Is there some moral question here, and why?
Isn't there a shortage of marriageable women in China??? Doesn't this mean there are an awful lot of lonely, frustrated men??? The problem with the world is that people don't value people. They worship the almighty dollar, or yuan, or whatever currency--MONEY. Rich people who think money buys everything are right and I hate them for it.
Now, now. Everyone knows that we Americans only have the highest standards of behavior, especially our elected officials, our clergy, and our teachers/coaches. Heh, heh, heh. Most of us spout holier-than-thou platitudes and "wisdom" and behind society's backs lie, cheat, steal, screw around, drink to excess, take all sorts of "medications", worship the almighty dollar, act like 13 year olds when it comes to entertainers, abuse every system in place which might help people, and of course shoot, stab, and kill each other every day. Sad to say, we've become a nation of phonies. Wonder why we don't have much respect anymore in the world?
Politicians and diapers should be change frequently ... for the same reasons!
At the rate that the Chinese abort unborn female girls the mistress issue will come to an end on its own for the simple fact that there won't be enough women to go around.
enjoy it now, they way they abort girls over there, this wil soon be a memory
Ive looked for a sugar daddy all my life. I shoulda moved to China!
Most of you have a narrow vision. The chinese culture makes room for mistresses. Shouwld we force our ethics and morality on a culture that has evolved over 3,000 years? Take away the suply, and you will surely curb the demand.
If I hire two, can I get them green cards?
Teach them how not to become a mistress? Is this how a communist country ends up? It citizens are so bereft of common decency and morals that the state has to teach the children of it's citizens how not to become Prostitutes? Communism and Socialism; Water drawn from the same poisoned well.
Women always will be attracted to powerful men for it's natural instinct !
Wil this course be taught by Arnold & Maria?
It is disgusting, it is sexes, it is sexual harrasment, it is anti marriage, it is anti family, I cant beleive still going on in China,Mao would turn on his grave if he knew. I must investigate this, I must have first hand experience at this events, I must personally verify this story, when does the first plane lives for China, and I must be on board. This event must be investigated personally by me, to make sure there are no lies or misrepresentations.
In a country with a one child policy; and many parents electing to abort a female so they have someone to take care of them in there old age, it only seems resenable that women would become a scarce comodity. the laws of supply and demand then say if it's scarce the price will go up..I predict that the price of p**** will go through the roof and only the very wealthy will be able to aford a Wife/GF. You will see alot of girls being a wife for the night and making big$$$$. Ah to be a pimp with a few round eyes.
It is natural. Alpa males in all mammal species collect females; get use to it.
A woman should have several "misters". That way she will live very well. With the lop-sided birth rate in favor of boys, many young men will not be able to find a wife. They will have to share.
right thing to do
I love China!!
Dang -- only $3k/year for a college-aged mistress? Sign me up for a few! 3 of those would have been far cheaper than my wife ;) (and 3x the fun!)
What's new? In China many women/girls are out to make fast money. I came across quite a number of them when I was in China as well as in my country. But I can't blame them as their priorities are to make enough money to buy an apartment of their own & also enough to start a small business to veer off from their present line of work (you know la....). Unfortunately only those sensible ones think that way whereas those young & guillible ones who thought with their youth & beauty the money will keep rolling in, usually ended up regretting wasting their times, opportunities & youths. Guess it's always that way....easy come, easy go.
whaooo... what a nice story here, i have been in china for couple of years now and i discover that majority of chinese GIRLs is not after true love but your pocket and how wealthy a man is... is so bad for a man to feel love for a girl and in return the ask he how mush do you have in your account or do you have a house? is disgusting and bad. i thinks the chinese people especially their parent need to teach the younger girls not to depend on men resources before they fall in love with that man.... i feel that their second gods is MONEY.... MAKE SOME CHANGES, change the way you live and the way you treat eacother..... chinese people dont love eachother, they dont care for eachother, they can never help eachother... SO BAD.... CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Look at all these knee jerk reactions which criticize the U.S. for "imposing" its values on China. The Chinese government itself is trying to end this probrlem and the US would never make this kind of thing into a diplomatic issue. You don't believe me? Show me a US State Department release which criticizes China on this issue...
"Dream of the Red Chamber, relates the story of an imperial concubine in the Qing dynasty who supports her entire family"OMG! So out of context and laughable. It like Bill's only work in the House was Monica. Any western journanalist left out there that really understands China?
Names have been changed
so there are 40 million more young men in China than women. then the few (relatively speaking) women there are are all "mistresses" of older wealthy men who are also married. So exactly how soon will that army of 50 million Chinese men be marching?
we ought to teach our young girls to have self respect here. there is a good bunch of them who do not know the meaning of the word.
And what about the men? They should'n be educated as well to not have such a primitive mind set?I'm agree with the end of the article...
Won't be long till the world finds out about Odumbos Asian mistresses.
How does this kind of crap make news?
A report on how much money we owe China (and why) is the only thing I care to know about China and the Chinese.
Marijuana grows wild in the hills around the city and get a new GF each year for about $3000...me think I'm turning Chinese
"You can't only educate the females and expect to solve the problem. Why not educate the men as well?" she asks. "After all, they're the ones who go looking for mistresses."
She has no clue. Men will have mistresses if women allow them. It's in their genes!
Guess these journanalists only interview those who support their pretext. Pathetic!
Americans should hold mass rallies and expend all energy in our quest to stop the Chinese from having so much sex.
Start culling the hers: get rid of the excess males. Say about 40 million and then things will be equal again. (Stupid commies!)
Wait...was that $3000 a year ?
This is where Muslums will want to go after death now.
Capitalism... a failure in more ways than meets the eye.
The ads say wanted western man who knows how to treat a lady.
some are wealthy and be a sugar momma.
check the ads in pen pals.
In our country, mistresses are really just a Republican Governors thing.