11.14.2006

This article and several others I have come across lately, really are concerning about how much China relies on looks to measure your success or desirability.

I have heard in some places it is considered bad luck to have a baby with a deformity, or you are considered a out cast if you have a SN. You are not able to attend school, get a good job, or even allowed in your village.

Very sad.



China Love Boat Wants Rich, Good-Looking
By Associated Press
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BEIJING - A matchmaking love boat cruise open only to male millionaires and "good-looking and desirable" women is slated to set sail later this month, a state-run Chinese newspaper said Tuesday.
Men on the cruise scheduled to go along Shanghai's Huangpu River must be worth at least 2 million yuan ($250,000), the China Daily quoted organizer Xu Tianli as saying.
Xu said more than 20 men had signed up for the Nov. 25 cruise and that half of those registered to take part were worth more than 200 million yuan ($25 million).
Fewer than 30 of the 1,000 woman who applied were accepted, Xu said.
"Only those who were attractive in every category can take part in this event," Xu said, without giving the specific criteria interested female applicants had to meet.
"Rich men are normally very busy, and most of the women they meet are there for work or business, which these men consider to be unsuitable for relationships," Xu said.
One of the men who signed up for the cruise, identified only by his surname Sun, said "appearance is most important to me."