Keen to replicate the success of state broadcaster CCTV’s recent video featuring foreigners who couldn’t get enough of China’s WWII military parade, government mouthpiece People’s Daily has cobbled together a group of foreign students bewitched, beguiled and bewildered by President Xi Jinping.

Released to coincide with Xi’s visit to the United States, the series of interviews takes you on a whirlwind tour of the capital’s university campuses, profiling a wide array of students lauded online as “desperate for visa renewals.”

Stand-outs from the cast include: a young Japanese woman who dreams of marrying a man like Xi; an American who “would love to read” his copy of Xi’s book; another American who puts on her best sajiao voice to send her love to the chairman; a pair of grown men who confess that they “like [Xi] so much”; and, seared in the minds of viewers forever, an Austrian who gushes that Xi is “so cute.”

Ryan Ho Kilpatrick

Ryan Ho Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and scholar from Hong Kong who has reported on the city’s politics, protests, and policing for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, TIME, The Guardian, The Independent, and others