CHINA: Boy, I’ve been too busy to blog!
But I did just see this article in the WSJ Wealth Report and it was begging to be read and so I stopped and read it and it was just the type of thing we like to talk about on Divorce Saloon. Seems rich Chinese bachelors are upping the ante for selecting their mates. They now believe, pursuant to feng shui principles, that a woman with a “good luck face” is a better bet for marriage, and, presumably, will be a hedge against divorce. Before, it was just that a woman had to have a pretty face. But now, she has to not only be pretty, she has to have a “good luck face.” And you thought you’d heard everything, huh?
Boy, if that’s the test, what’s a woman like me gonna do?!
But seriously, can you believe that that is what women in China have to put up with? It’s not even as if there is a man shortage. Men outnumber women in China at a ratio of about 32:1. So why the desperation? Apparently, this “good luck face” trend is all the rage in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen.
China Daily reported that (and this is according to WSJ), that a recent contest held in Guangzhou for women suitable to marry millionaires and emphasized the “good luck face” attribute, attracted over 1000 female contestants.
According to an article in China Daily, 1,000 women competed in a dating contest in Guangzhou for the chance to meet a single millionaire. The finalists get to date a single guy with a guaranteed net worth of at least $7 million.
To impress, one bachelor flashed his private plane, while another promised a Porsche to the lucky winner. (This is, after all, a country with a third more millionaires than it had a year ago, and 32 million more men than women.)
The article said the women, age 28 to 30, “will be selected on the basis of their looks, temperament and character.” They will also have to take psychological tests and get grilled on their family background.
But the clincher is the face. Apparently, feng shui masters will inspect each woman to determine if she has a “wang fu” or good-luck face.
“So far, only a fifth have survived the first round–with most failing the ‘face’ test–and will now move on to showcase their other talents,” the article says.
Boy. Wonder what the criteria is for a face that has enough good luck? Is it symmetry? Paleness of skin? Curve of eye? I mean, wonder what the criteria is for a face that is sufficiently good luck? I’m almost afraid to find out.