The Asian culture, for some reason, just loves white people. The bigger and goofier the better. Like the French and Jerry Lewis, the best way for an Asian company to sell something is to Engrish it up a little, but for important events like the opening of a new factory, some Chinese businesses are left with no other options but to rent a white guy. Seriously, some Chinese companies pay white men to fly to China and pose as executives.
Basically, it’s like all those other public relations jobs, from booth babes at nerd-centric events to fake soccer fans engaging in guerrilla marketing in front of TV cameras. Chinese companies want to cultivate the appearance of connectivity to the west, of important gateways and international reach, even when they’re just churning out fake iPads.
For the record, Chinese businesses? I’m white, I own TWO suit, and I’m willing to pretend to be an executive at your next function. Call me!