In 2014, Chinese businessman Mei Aisi made headlines when the story of his marriage to a Ukranian woman went viral. He started his matchmaking services in the hopes of helping bachelors nab themselves their very own Ukrainian wife.
Before launching the Culove Dating Club that centers around Ukrainian women, Mei admitted that he previously didn’t know much about Ukraine and even used to think it was located in Africa.
Mei only decided to continue his studies in Ukraine due to its low-cost education, but he didn’t expect meeting his future wife while playing ping pong. Mei was 28 when he first met his significant other, who was just 16 at the time.
The two started dating and are now happily married to each other, according to Shanghaiist. Now, Mei hopes to help other Chinese bachelors do the same by connecting them to beautiful Ukrainian women through the Culove Dating Club.
Mei’s sister-in-law helps out with seeking potential Ukrainian candidates for their club and asks them if they want to meet “exceptional Chinese men.”
In addition, Mei’s service even includes language and Chinese culture classes for the selected candidates to aid them in their eventual move to China.
Some have argued that the dating club might be just another sophisticated prostitution ring. After all, there are Chinese grooms who are willing to pay as much as $147,000 to the family of their future bride, according to The Diplomat.
However, Mei strongly detests these notions, stressing that his service is more about love and less about the money. Mei even aspires to get his service to an international scale as he plans to branch out to places such as Belarus and Russia.
There was a similar case last year, where a Chinese man went viral for marrying another Ukranian woman.