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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 1:29pm
UPDATED : Friday, 31 May, 2013, 11:03am

Course teaches Chinese women how to marry 'elite' foreigner in 90 days

Shanghai company offers training classes for women seeking elite Westerner husbands

Droves of women from across China flocked to Shanghai's Love and Marriage Expo this month in hopes of learning a tip or two about how to get hitched.

But Liang Yali, founder of the Seek-a-Husband Training Programme, has been teaching such skills in the metropolis for years.

Ninety days – that’s all it will take for her training programme to teach single women how to find – and marry – that laowai (expatriate) knight in shining armour, Liang purported, in an interview with the Modern Express newspaper.

After a 1½-month courtship, Liang managed to find the American husband of her dreams – you know, the “honest, considerate type” who happens to be a general manager at some big multinational corporation. The two are now happily married.

Liang decided to enter the “marriage business” in 2009 after her experiences as a divorced and single mother. She said she had hoped to “mass produce” her happiness to the spurned and desperate.

Her Seek-a-Husband course, which specialises in teaching women how to find “elite Westerner” husbands, launched in Shanghai to widespread acclaim – she boasts that her success rate has stayed at a constant 60 per cent – as well as controversy.

The programme’s target market is women above 35, divorcees and the so-called shengnu or “left-behind woman”, although clients are getting younger by the day.

Nearly 2.87 million mainland couples divorced in 2011, up 7.3 per cent from 2010, according to Ministry of Civil Affairs' statistics.

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by the ministry last year showed that 70 per cent of mainland women would tie the knot only with a man who owned at least one flat.

“Many Chinese women over the age of 35 experience difficulties finding husbands domestically, but in the west, in many foreigners’ minds, women aged 35 are seen as most attractive,” Liang told Modern Express. She said her courses teach women how to select appropriate targets, use charm and to sell their "intellect".

She gave examples of success stories such as how a 35-year-old woman from northeastern China learned a bit of English and managed to find a husband who worked as a manager at a large German construction company.

The least expensive one-day course costs 2,800 yuan (HK$3,500), and more advanced modules can be taken for more than 40,000 yuan. There’s also the “unlimited” package, which entitles customers to attend all classes for a cool 100,000 yuan.

Liang’s venture has been slammed repeatedly for ethical reasons. It drew heat recently after its youngest client was reportedto be just 17 years old. It has also been criticised for teaching women to “throw money at love” and encouraging young girls to look for rich, expat “sugar daddies”.

But Liang stressed that “if your purpose is to find a rich man, please do not sign up. We are in the business of happiness”.

 

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lifeofpee
China. The gift that keeps giving.
aplucky1
do not understand
there is a shortage of woman to men of over 20 million
china boasts the worlds most powerful and rich nation on earth
yet these woman resort to marrying non locals
probably more to do with the local men being disgusting and rude peasants
recanter
They have the same thing in HK. It's called Speed dating for foreigners.
dynamco
"managed to find a husband who worked as a manager at a large German construction company"
we can reveal his name was Getur Knickerszoffski
"We are in the business of happiness"
you suckers pay us money and we are very happy.
lance.johnson.5074
That is half the equation; more important is the new relationship with the husband, given their different cultural backgrounds. An interesting new worldwide book/ebook that can help is "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, business, language and more.” It paints a revealing picture of America for those who will benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it also informs those who want to learn more about the last remaining superpower and how we compare to other nations on many issues, including our friendship/marriage process.
Here’s a closing quote from the book’s Intro: “With all of our cultural differences though, you’ll be surprised to learn how much our countries—and we as human beings—have in common on this little third rock from the sun. After all, the song played at our Disneyland parks around the world is ‘It’s A Small World After All.’ Peace.” www.AmericaAtoZ.com
docomo
only one word - disgraceful
crbfile
There are so called dinosaurs in China - women who are either so ugly, or old, or old and divorced that Chinese men can't even put them in the realm of acceptable mates. Then along comes the white foreign man, many tall, strong, and handsome - think of someone like David Beckham --- and 50% by my estimation of the white foreigners think these dinosaurs are precious gems. It's confounding. It is such a jarring contrast. Someone needs to research exactly what part of their brains are missing.....indeed such a vision-reality gap in these fellows.
dano.smith
Given the myth of Sa Jiao, this is a bad deal.
I know a Hollywood Lawyer who offers a Video Course for much less.
He is married to a beautiful Chinese woman.
(as am I)
If you have TV connections, pls let me know, he is willing to offer the course for free if a TV station
will air it.
req
I do recommend some female friends who are having a difficult time to try finding a westerner. For some reason they actually love their difficult personalities and matching physique. Truly enlightened men who see with great clarity and not shallow, base individuals like myself....
Ben
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