Chinese Job Seekers Turn to Plastic Surgery


The worsening economic conditions in China have seemingly forced many new college graduates and the recently sacked to turn to plastic surgery to gain an edge in the increasingly competitive job market.

Chinese unemployment rolls have surged with millions cut from factories dependent on dwindling foreign exports. Further, 6.1 million students will graduate from college or similar institutions of higher learning, a nine percent increase from the previous year, almost all of whom will naturally be entering the job market.

While Chinese law forbids job discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex or religion, no similar legal oversight covers physical appearance. Chinese employers routinely specify desired height, weight and other physical requirements.

Applicants for a nursing position at the Beijing Modern Women’s Hospital are expected to be taller than 5 feet, 2.5 inches and have “acceptable facial features.” A recent governmental posting in Hunan  province even required its applicants to have “symmetrical breasts”, for reasons we can only guess at.

The most commonly requested surgical procedures include raising noses, cutting eyelids (a  popular procedure in much of East Asia and beyond to acquire a more “western” look) and softening angular faces into the rounder shapes commonly prized in East Asia.

Procedures that lighten the skin are also highly desired as the Chinese consider lighter skin more delicate and desirable than darker shades. Lighter skin also happens to be a characteristic of the dominant Han  ethnicitiy.

Some however feel that such minor surgeries are not enough. A commonly held perception by many Chinese employers are that shorter workers are less healthy and capable than taller ones.

Such perceptions have encouraged many Chinese job applicants to undergo leg lengthening surgery. Leg lengthening surgery involve doctors breaking the legs of their patients in order to insert steel pins in their bones.

Such surgeries typically add 3 inches to a person’s height, but are fraught with dangerous potential complications.

Despite such risks, business has been booming in Chinese plastic surgery hospitals. Nearly a dozen leading Chinese hospitals reported strong business since late last fall, commencing around the period when the global financial crisis began to take its toll on China’s economy.

Many Chinese job seekers have decried the emphasis on physical appearance, calling such requirements absurd. However, such sentiment has not stopped them from getting procedures done in record numbers.

One recent female graduate made this candid assessment: “They may not say it openly, but during the process they will pick the prettier one.”

Via LA Times.

The Chinese indulgence for plastic surgery seems a relative recent phenonemon whilst in other countries, it is almost a rite of pasage. Chinese job seekers are also known to sacrifice their personal dignity readily in favour of gainful employ…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Chinese job seekers are also known to sacrifice their personal dignity readily in favour of gainful employ…"



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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    08:45 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Zelgadis4tw
    16:09 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by CKraCKset
    08:00 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    whats the point of plastic surgery if you have a baby your baby still gonna be ugly

    Comment by Furikake
    08:44 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not like you'd find an extremely ugly secretary or nurse (old doesn't count) in any country. Getting surgery is kind of extreme though.

    The only jobs where looks don't really matter are ones that require higher education and doesn't require having to sell shit.

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    Comment by JimmyLuong
    12:26 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lets face it no matter how much you think
    appearance < personal worth in the end,as long as we are human we (un)consciously end up choosing our partner or in this case employee the better looking 1(as long as you have a choice...of course).
    I just happen to play the visual novel Saya no Uta yesterday, although quite twisted and weird the VN show some of the ugly face of us human.
    If you get the chance you should try it too

    Comment by kenzipo
    12:29 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same thing happens where I work. The guy who does the hiring for foreign summer workers is a well known perv. Has led to a lot of people asking if all Eastern European girls are models. -__-|||

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 13/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    have u ever come to China yet?
    u loser

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 16/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    And to think the Chinese often laugh at Koreans as monkeys that became human after plastic surgery on their forums.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 18/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Joke's on them now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 18/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I imagine the reason this is allowed is some twisted governmental view that wants to increase the general population's overall beauty...

    Fucking tasteless.

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    05:17 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    leg lengthening one reminds me of a south park ep

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    Comment by Kyo
    09:13 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ughh... that whole leg lengthening part makes me twitch. One would hope that they drug you before breaking your bones, but it is China after all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:39 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    symmetrical breast (. )( .)

    asymmetrical breast (. )(.)

    DFC |. .|

    unibreast |(.)|

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    Comment by Kip
    13:31 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How handy.

    It's an owl.

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    Comment by Muzaffar
    02:11 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, they should just find a job in another field than to do plastic surgery to get the job that they want. Also lol at the “symmetrical breasts” part, I mean really? Wow......

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    Comment by angeldaze
    23:05 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    An advantage.... IN THE SEX INDUSTRY!!!!!!

    Comment by HechEff
    01:07 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Xero
    23:04 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's sad how shallow society is. I can't believe how some people still believe outer appearance = personal worth. I can only imagine what will be happening in the future with the advancements of genetic manipulation.

    Comment by wee
    08:53 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well if your the employer choosing between a competent "facially challenged" person and a competent "facially gifted" person... who would you choose?

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    Comment by Jarmel
    23:13 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is that awesome pic from?

    Anyway good for science. Nobody should suffer from being ugly. However remember you can't fix stupid.

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    Comment by G_Tserotas
    01:54 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That pic is from the PC game "carnevale della luce della luna" (in english: "Moonlight Carnival")
    It's a.. interesting visual novel from Nitroplus (the story is kinda weird, but good nonetheless)

    Home page:

    Have a good day~ \(=_=)/

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    Comment by Sil
    06:30 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh man thanks a lot, i've been searching for the source for a while now <3

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    Comment by G_Tserotas
    07:06 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're welcome =3
    Btw, is that your blog? (

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    Comment by Jarmel
    13:00 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by kagero
    23:15 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    First Question asked in a job interview in China:

    "Are your assets real?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Applicants for a nursing position at the Beijing Modern Women’s Hospital are expected to be taller than 5 feet, 2.5 inches and have “acceptable facial features.” A recent governmental posting in Hunan province even required its applicants to have “symmetrical breasts”, for reasons we can only guess at."

    WTF it's a job that doesn't require looks at all.
    And somehow the "symmetrical breasts" part is more offensive than the "acceptable facial features" part.

    Comment by KonaKona4
    22:54 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The girl who was meant to sing at the opening for the Beijing Olympics was dropped for someone who had a worse voice but better looks.

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    Comment by Vegio
    23:43 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't forget to mention the fact that the girl with worse looks was actually singing while the other one was acting in front of the cameras.

    Comment by Airman
    22:49 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Height? How would they do that? Bone grafting? Symmetrical breasts eh... amusing. Well a business sometimes has it needs... With what employers consider, involving morality can sadly be ignored.

    Comment by Airman
    22:54 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah nevermind, missed it.

    Comment by Gunso
    22:50 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    then they should learn medical and open plastic surgery clinic rather than turn into plastic...

    Comment by Izu Taisa
    22:51 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0) get a job,get a plastic surgery 1st?epic fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    adds whole new meaning to "natural selection", time to pump some iron inorder to get me a job.

    Comment by Chen
    02:43 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hehe.. China has enough human-material. They can pick those who look good and have skills over those who don't look good and have skills. Why not? It's not like the ones who do not look good are gonna killed.

    btw... DFC's should made the win. Big breasts are disgusting.

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    Comment by Vegio
    23:41 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it seems to me that during ancient times, hundreds of years more or less around christ, the chinese realm adopted a merit system to select personal staff, using tests open to the whole public.
    they now changed a bit the requirements from brain to exterior..

    quite hard to read all the article, though: i hate even reading about this kind of medical operations...

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    Comment by maxchain
    01:09 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm going to sit right here until that pic spawns an entire Sexy Suit Gallery.

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    01:11 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's just China - too many fucking people.

    If you have to compete with millions of A++ grade graduates from elite universities, where everyone is striving for whatever job they can get, then the selection will be only based on looks and luck in the end.

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    Comment by NitWit005
    00:47 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the Chinese are still far behind in the realm of plastic surgery:

    I'm sure they will catch up soon enough...

    Comment by Anon
    23:57 02/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are they using plastic surgery to get jobs as animators/artists, voice actors, or game designers? That's the only reason I could see why this is fitting news for a site that claims covers such things.

    I guess if you really want to stretch it, this could be H; however it neither mentions them getting into porn nor does it have before & after pictures of symmetrical breasts.

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    Comment by jinstevens
    02:30 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Critical news about Asian countries (Japan, China, Korea, etc.) has been here since the beginning.

    I had difficulty finding an appropriate image for this article and asked Artefact to find one. Had I found one that showed before / after shots of symmetrical breasts, rest assured that I probably would've used it.

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    Comment by Artefact
    02:34 03/04/2009 # ! Astronomical

    I couldn't find any such images, aside from standard oppai charts...

    Comment by U-Toru
    02:24 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The complaints over which stories "Fit" the site are really getting old. This kind of thing was here from the beginning, not like it's something new at all.

    One of the first articles I remember reading here was some man trying to hump a sewer grate or something(And I think that was in China), which was in like, July or something.

    Get over it. Sankaku is going to have odd stories from around the world, along with the general H, and Anime articles.
    Makes the site more interesting to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't you know? There's now a new section covering every negative aspect of China! ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    there are news/pics from other countries too so more like wtf news/stuff.

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    Comment by mechwarrior
    00:33 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Laffs. I guess China will enter the 21st century, in one form or another...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who doesn't like symmetrical breasts? Rawr.

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