Chinese netizens turned their noses up at The Times’ description of the Chinese middle class

Alia | March 8th, 2013 - 4:21 am

The Times recently gave a try at deciphering the lifestyles of the Chinese middle class. But Chinese netizens, many of whom are either from middle class families or are part of the cohort themselves, don’t seem to agree. They think the Chinese middle class should live a much fancier life.

The love affair that everybody is talking about

Alia | October 30th, 2012 - 3:41 am

Wen Jiabao’s family wealth and Ningbo NIMBY protest are so yesterday, the hottest topic that everybody is talking about on the Chinese Internet now is the love affair of Wang Shi, a God father figure in China’s real estate industry. The love affair leads to a comeback of discussions on the culture of “little third” (“小三” in Chinese, literally means the third person in a relationship.)

How far would luxury brands go to woo the rising middle class and nouveau riche in China?

Alia | October 19th, 2012 - 8:13 pm

Hermès custom made a Birkin bag embossed with China’s national flag for a rich once-in-prison woman in China. The picture went viral and is likely to bring big damage to Hermès’ brand image.

The two lives of Beijing’s professional women

Alia | May 11th, 2012 - 7:15 am

A picture report that covers a typical day in life of two very different types of professional women living in Beijing and thus reveals their distinct lifestyles and brand preferences.

Representatives at China’s NPC represent not the people, but luxury brands

Alia | March 7th, 2012 - 12:47 am
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Chinese netizens called out the luxury accessories NPC representatives are wearing, using it as another example of why representatives cannot representing the people.

Luxurious funeral stirred up entire town in China

Alia | March 8th, 2011 - 7:36 am
Luxurious funeral in China

March 4, 2011, Xinhe Town, Wenling City, Zhejiang province, a luxurious multi-million-yuan funeral procession of 9 Lincoln limos, a thousand-people band and a 16-gun salute stirred up the whole town.