Her face had a porcupine swirl, two scrunched up eyes linked by a knotted brow line framed her face and a lollipop jutted from her gaping maw.“The ad is the woman I thought I was meeting and this one here with the roundish head is the one that showed up.”“What did you do? What Larry has lacked in luck he has made up for in perseverance.He tells me he’s been on all the major dating sites and met tons of women.If the women are unattractive, they either mummify themselves in makeup or Photoshop their real pic.The job of the women is to remain online and try to hook an unsuspecting foreigner.We sat down to talk about his China love search at his 70-meter abode overlooking downtown Beijing. That is what I was told.”I nod.“Yeah, so they told me to buy the home. I was pushing for marriage and they were pushing for cash. When Jack balked, the bride split and he was left with broken dreams. While Jack was almost taken by the “purchase my family a home” sting, Larry fared much worse.“Her parents wanted money for a house,” he tells me. These people were royalty…”I interrupt and say that China has no royalty.“In the past, you know maybe they were Mongolians or something.” He stares, I nod. I buy them a house and then they give one back to me after the marriage.”“Why not just call it even? If you buy them a house and then they give you one, it makes no sense.”“That’s what I thought. So I was like ‘hey I want to see some rights of ownership and such.’”“How much was the house? Larry is the one who had to fill in for the groom at a Chinese wedding.(1)Got an itch for love that only a beautiful Asian bride can cure? Chinese brides are faithful, loving and most of all “treat their men with respect”.So reads the litany of ads seeking to match unsuspecting men with a “loving” Chinese bride.
Even one million RMB or about 0,000-300,000 would have purchased a mansion back then.“So what did you do? To this day Larry attends all family functions as the doting husband. I shrug.“That is what turned up.”I yanked up the phone, turned it a complete 180, and was a little stunned. “I thought it was her mother.”“If even.”“Yeah, well looks can skip a generation.”“This is the kitten? Based on her pic she had more in common with James Harden than any Chinese Princess or kitten for that matter.Interestingly enough some of the women are not lying and do end up with a foreign guy – I’ve seen the stunned look in their eyes as they fork over cash for a brand new Beijing apartment.But the truth is that love should not be purchased, unless you are truly desperate.Such agencies claim to help bridge the cultural gap that stands in the way of men finding true love.But what of such agencies, do they truly conspire with Cupid to find men their better half?