It may seem totally bizarre, but there is an impersonator of President Barack Obama showing up at charities and parties in China.
Even though Barack Obama may not be the most popular person in China, he still has one serious fan. According to the Wall Street Journal, Xiao Jiguo is touring the country impersonating the U.S. president, to welcoming fans all across China.
There is a high demand for Obama’s presence at charities and private parties, and the 29-year-old Xiao is more than happy to fill in. He looks extremely similar to the American president, and many who don’t follow American news wouldn’t know the difference in the first place. As the Chinese version of the American president, he touts job creation and support for local communities.
Impersonators can give you a good read of what a country’s actual opinion of a famous figure could be. For instance, a Taylor Swift impersonator was attacked last year in London, suffering a broken jaw. Miley Cyrus allegedly had a run-in with a Bill Clinton impersonator, the details of which are best left untold.
In both the United States and China, polls show that the two countries have increasingly negative views of each other. 38 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of China, while 44 percent of Chinese nationals have a positive image of the U.S.
Xiao says he has never met the U.S. president, and he hasn’t seen anybody try to impersonate the Chinese president Xi Jinping so far.