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However, Peggy's viewpoint isn't the only one to be found out there in our very real world. There is another video you might want to watch as well. It is produced by Own TV, which is a property of the ubiquitous Oprah Winfrey worldwide media empire. The sympathy this time rests with the perceived victim, not a McMansion owning exploiter. Apparently an entirely different perspective from the one our smiling Arcadia real estate agent holds.
In this second video China's mistress system is described as the product of a society where women are often considered subservient second class citizens, and treated that way. They face lives of exploitation and occasional abuse, are often pushed out of their villages at a very young age to find work in the cities, and in any way they possibly can. The opportunities include becoming the mistresses of wealthy married men more than twice their age.
Titled "China's Mistress Village," here is how this video is described by Own TV:
Shenzhen, China is nicknamed mistress village, a place where young girls often develop dependent relationships with older, married men, including Yuki, a 21 year-old girl who finds financial support from her wealthy, married Hong Kong boyfriend.
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Apparently in China the City of Shenzhen and the City of Arcadia share a similar nickname. That being either "Mistress City" or "Mistress Village." You can only wonder if the pay is commensurate.
Now I suppose it is valid to say that becoming somebody's mistress is hardly unique to young Chinese women. Willingly having live-in sexual relationships with wealthy and much older married men in exchange for material benefits is hardly unique to that society. Obviously there are those who are fine with exchanging their youth for a chance at life in better economic circumstances, no matter what the country. Like it or loathe it, that has been a way of the world for a long time.
But why Arcadia? And why is it happening there today?
How has Arcadia gone from being the comfortable middle class American suburb it was, to a city with a worldwide reputation for being that place in America where older wealthy married foreign nationals conveniently stash young women in their otherwise unoccupied McMansions, and for no other real purpose than sex? And according to today's second video, often for pay?
Where do the culturally blurred lines between mistress and prostitution end in Arcadia these days? Does this form of exploitation really have its place here?
And how exactly is this bettering life in our part of the world? After all, this really is quite a large departure for this particular stretch of the San Gabriel Valley.