American Woman Offers U.S. Citizenship to the Highest Bidder in Chinese Marriage Market

An American woman dressed in a wedding gown put herself up for auction at the Shanghai Marriage Market in People’s Square last weekend, turning heads as soon as she showed up.

Her glaring promise: U.S. citizenship.

For those who may not know, that marriage market is a hub for parents seeking spouses for their sons or daughters. According to Timeout Shanghai, parents advertise their children through various ways, including marriage-tailored CVs and the embarrassing, no-nonsense marketing that is public display.

If her goal was to catch attention, the American woman surely knew what she was doing. Flashing her passport, she held a sign that read, “USA Citizenship through marriage to the highest bidder.”

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However, it is unknown whether the woman is actually serious about her offer. No one probably wants to shell out money for a stranger… or would they? We know dowries are a thing in China, but what about in this case?

As usual, netizens shared their thoughts on the matter. Some wrote on Weibo (via Shanghaiist):

“Fuck off.”

“Fuck, the legalization of prostitution is just a matter of time.”

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“To get a Beijing or Shanghai hukou, people from other provinces have long ago started to do this kind of thing.”

What do you think?

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