It doesn’t get juicier than this folks, least not for the sexually repressed Shanghaiist. Don Lee’s Los Angeles Times article on the revival of the mistress or “second wife” in China is a great piece of work. (Think he used Shanghaiist for research?) Polka dotted boxers, rich 23-year-old mistresses auctioning villas and Lexus cars online, the “Mistress Killer” (a private investigator that helps uncover illicit relations, usually at the behest of the first wife), amid the backdrop of China’s “spiritual vacuum”. Keep your kids away, it’s gettin’ a little risque in here! Of course, this is old hat for most Chinese people, for whom the Hong Kong businessman with the mistress in Shenzhen is nigh well a cliche. In related news (in Chinese), 40,000 people signed up to take civil service examinations in Shanghai, vying for a mere 2,300 spots. Officialdom never looked so good.
Also on Shanghaiist:
China’s “mistress boom”: Raising the red lantern
Photo from the LA Times.