All Chinese guys want someone who is wife material - traditional girls, who will get along with their mother. My reality TV doppelgänger wears a slouchy hat and a pea coat.Judging by our profiles, each contestant had already selected their top three choices and the directors had these matches in mind.
They'd tell me not to be so picky and to keep going on dates.Not only that, I was to be the only Australian-born contestant.I remember arguing with my mum over pulling out of the show, even after my flights were booked and my short notice leave approved; there was no way of getting out of it.In a soft-focus flashback, she wanders alone through a generic cityscape, accompanied by somber piano music.She lounges outside a coffee shop, paging through highlighted books with her glittery fingernails, and crossing a bridge unsettlingly similar to one near where I live in Pittsburgh.The director really wanted me on screen because they liked that I was radiographer.In China they're like doctors, it's considered unique.He said he liked bike riding and art, so he seemed to have more in common with me than the others. His video intro said he made 450,000 RMB/year as a car sales representative, and was in the Army Reserves. I asked, if his girlfriend had the chance to work overseas would he go with her?He gave a very heroic response: "I would go anywhere for the right girl".Earlier this year 24-year-old Melbourne-born Phoebe Lay found herself in Shanghai on a televised dating show called "One in a Hundred".Packed with manufactured tears and hard luck stories, this wildly popular show is aired every Friday evening in Mainland China. She was in a rush to find me a Chinese boyfriend after coming out of a relationship with a Westerner and being single for over a year.