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干爹 (gān diē): godfather

In Chinese, the word “godfather” is equivalent to the English “sugar daddy.” While the term had not been in wide usage, it became an Internet catchphrase after aspiring actress and model Zhou Rui posted the following on her microblog:

“I’m grateful that I always have you in my life. I’m grateful, godfather, that you took time out of your busy schedule during the two meetings to host a birthday party for me.”


The “two meetings” refer to the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The post was accompanied by the following picture:


Zhou Rui had previously achieved a degree of Internet celebrity by complaining about those who criticized her “ass-high miniskirts (齐B小短裙)”:


The trend of rich, powerful men becoming “godfathers” to beautiful young women has garnered increasing public attention in recent years. A 2012 short film called “Godfather,” about a woman whose real father visits her in Beijing and discovers she has a sugar daddy, generated controversy when it was released online.

A dependence on connections has become an increasingly pervasive part of modern Chinese culture. While children of rich and powerful individuals compare fathers, it is also said that some women compare godfathers, relying on these connections to obtain money, professional opportunities, and preferential treatment.

China Forbidden News also ran a piece on this phenomenon.