Flawless Virgins Can Get 500 Yuan Daily

What would you do for 500 Yuan a day?

Netizens have spurred heated discussions after a job advertisement for tea picking workers go public. A recruitment website recently posted an ad looking for female full-time Kouchun (mouth and lip) tea picking workers for a high wage of 500 yuan per day. The catch? The ad specifically states that only women with no previous sexual experience with at least size C cup breasts would be eligible. Scars, injuries, or other unsightly marks are grounds for elimination as well.

No work experience?

No problem! The company added that candidates do not need to have any working experience.

Since when did beauty and chastity become requirements for a job?

It’s all tradition! According to legend, when Xinyang Maojian tea was brewed with boiling water, 9 fairies would appear. When a person drank the tea, they immediately felt refreshed and relaxed. The tea is said to cure diseases as well.
The company’s spokesman said that the newly hired women will be participating in a performance at the Bamboo Tea Cultural Festival, which is intended to pass on the historical heritage and customs.

Netizens have called the company out for using the recruitment as a publicity stunt with one person saying: “Is it recruiting staff or dating?
The hiring company expects the girls they hire to keep tea leaves in their mouths before making tea out of them. Virginity and curviness are selling points the company hopes to persuade customers that such tea is of yin (femininity) and purity. Other openings at the company include positions like tea-fryer, sales representatives, tea-artist teachers and others.

I guess this goes with the saying that any publicity is good publicity. It’s safe to say many more people will be paying attention to this year’s Bamboo Tea Cultural Festival than ever before. Personally, this does sound like a big marketing ploy. 500 Yuan is a lot of money to make in a day especially for someone in China. My question is also whether this is a long-term job or only for the duration up until the festival. I would be more inclined to believe that this is a cultural tradition if that point was clarified and these tea pickers were a long-term investment for the company in order to make better tea. This does leave one question though: Genius marketing ploy or keeping tradition alive?

About Kristie

Kristie Hang holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Communication Studies and Asian Humanities and is currently finishing her Masters in the Broadcast Journalism program at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, she has lived in Hong Kong, traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, and studied in Beijing at Tsinghua University as part of the Interuniversity Program for Advanced Chinese Studies. In addition to her current positions as a News Contributor at Annenberg Digital News and a Video Journalist with Annenberg Television News, her media experience includes internships with MTV Networks, CNN International, as well as with the Asia Pacific Institute, where she reported on Asian and Asian-American arts and entertainment. She also enjoys writing about food and travel at her blog, "I Eat Therefore I Am" (http://ate-ate-ate.blogspot.com). She is fluent in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin and whatever is left from four years of spanish.
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