Asia News Network reports:
Seoul – The increasing popularity of “ernai,” or mistresses among wealthy men is emerging as a problem in Chinese society, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Amid the rapid development of the country’s economy, large numbers of those fortunate enough to enjoy the prosperity are having affairs with mistresses, making it the symbol of the rich.
“Keeping a mistress is just like playing golf,” a man told the New York Times concerning the issue, adding “both are expensive hobbies.” Those seeking such liaisons offer lavishing apartments or cars as well as monthly allowances.
However, the public is angered by the trend. Chinese prosecutors believe about 90 percents of governmental executives accused of corruption have mistresses, sometimes more than 10.
In December a government employee allegedly murdered his mistresses and abandoned the body in a river when she asked for $3 million in return for putting end to the relationship.
Zheng Beichin, a lawyer who had defended a mistress, told the New York Times “the nation’s elite, including judges and government officials, have little desire to tinker with the status quo.”
Meanwhile, a similar phenomenon exists in Korea covertly under the name of “sponsor contract,” where rich men provide money and a home to women in return for relationships.
It would be interesting to see a similar article in a Chinese paper discussing American infidelity.