A Journal of People report
News of luxury of the rich and suffering of the poor regularly emerge from China.
Citing property records a report from China said:
“The majority owner of a Vancouver mansion that was sold earlier this year for a record $31.1 million is a Chinese ‘student’.”
The May 16, 2016 news headlined “Better than a dorm? A Chinese ‘student’ buying a $31-million Vancouver mansion shocks many” said:
“Land title documents list a Chinese ‘student’ Tian Yu Zhou as having a 99% interest in the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 14,600 square-foot mansion on a 1.7-acre lot. The other 1% ownership goes to a ‘businesswoman’ named Cuie Feng.”
The news was accompanied by the following photo:
The report said:
“Mortgage documents attached to the land title papers show that a mortgage of $9.9 million was taken out by Zhou and Feng from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on April 28. The bi-weekly payments are listed as $17,079.41.”
Another report headlined “Rich kids of China: Socialites splash thousands on designer goods and luxury trips abroad” said:
“Even though the women have been warned by the Chinese government to stop splashing their wealth on Instagram, they just can’t resist putting on a show, The Sun reports.
“The affluent socialites tend to be daughters of Chinese billionaires, enjoying the finer things in life and jetsetting around the world.”
The report originally by The Sun was carried by news.com.au on May 16, 2016. It said:
“The Chinese president is attempting to crack down on the rich, but it’s too difficult to control social media.
“In attempt to reign in the young ‘fuerdai’, which loosely translates as the rich second generation, President Xi Jinping has been taking some drastic measures.
“His strict policies include censoring the wealthy teens from reality TV shows, but he’s unable to crack down on social media in the same way.
“Despite President Xi Jinping’s efforts, the well-off young women continue to upload enviable snaps of designer clothing labels, flashy cars and expensive champagne.”
The report said:
“A GROUP of wealthy young women from China are brazenly flaunting their luxury lifestyles on social media.”
The report carried the following photos along with the narratives:
This conch pearl ring is encrusted with dazzling 16 carat diamonds. Source: Instagram
A bottle of this red wine starts at the staggering price of $420. Source: Instagram
“One of the women, AL, who has more than 5000 followers on Instagram, showed off a picture of a sparkling 16 carat ring with a gorgeous pink conch pearl centre.
“As well as promoting her love of fine jewellery, AL has been known to proudly display bottles of expensive plonk.
“Lining up some Grands Échezeaux, a red wine that sells for a starting price of $420, AL wrote: ‘Wine pairing night for homemade dinner …
“‘So far year 2004 tastes the best among all these babies.’
“Instagram user vickybabyswl is another Chinese socialite to attract a huge following, boasting more than 803,000 followers.
“Last week, she posed beside a marble swimming pool clutching onto an expensive Chanel beach bag.
“In another outlandish display of wealth, vickybabyswl proudly showed off three pairs of Celine shoes, footwear that adds up to the staggering price of around $6000.
“A similar Instagram uploader, xiaooyii, posted five pairs of jewel-encrusted shoes, including some pricey Manolo Blahniks.
“The showy social media socialite, who has more than 13,000 followers, also regularly shows off snaps of her adorable-looking puppies.
“It’s a major struggle not to get travelling envy when skimming through the snazzy holiday photos uploaded to Instagram by Weymi Cho.
“As well as sharing photos of local delicacies and beautiful landscapes, Weymi loves posing in the lobby of expensive hotels.
“Very much like the other young Chinese socialites, Weymi has built up an impressive social media presence.
“The lover of luxury has more than 18,000 followers on Instagram alone.
Over 71,000 people keep up with Sian Vivi’s lifestyle by following her on Instagram. Source: Instagram
“When it comes to extravagant holiday snaps, Sian Vivi knows how to make everyone want to book a trip abroad.
“From sultry poolside snaps, to incredible pictures of herself on a yacht, there’s no doubt that more than 71,000 people follow her adventures online.
Reports also emerge with headline “Luxury fast cars for wealthy Chinese students in the U.S.” and the following photo.
On the other hand, a report in Chinese media said:
“Beijing police officers reached by the Global Times said that they have been enhancing the crackdown on sex work since a high-profile incident in which a hotel guest was attacked by a man who thought she was working for a rival prostitution ring in early April.
“The death of a 29-year-old man, who was killed during a police raid that targeted the customers of a ‘foot spa’ in a Beijing neighborhood on Saturday, has further highlighted this campaign.
“However, despite government efforts against sex work in hotels, karaoke clubs, hair salons or massage parlors, the trade seems to be still thriving.”
The Global Times report by Li Ruohan said:
“China’s government has been taking a firm stand against the sex trade, and its efforts to eradicate it started shortly after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. In December 1949, 244 brothels were shut down in Beijing by the new regime.
“In a 2010 campaign, Beijing police raided 35 establishments that allegedly provided adult entertainment including the nightclub Heaven and Earth.
“The number of suspects detained, arrested or investigated on sex work charges was at its highest from 1984 to 1991, with over 620,000 people involved during this period, Phoenix Weekly reported in 2014.
“However, despite the government’s call to crush the industry, some turn a blind eye, said Pan Suiming, a sexologist from Renmin University of China who studied the industry for decades.”
The “As police crack down again on sex work, some say legalization is solution” headlined report on May 12, 2016 carried the following photo:
The report said:
“Some officers barely implement the drive out of sympathy for those who are forced to making a living from selling their bodies, and sometime the local authorities are unwilling to push against the sex trade too hard out of fear the local economy might suffer, said Pan.
“For instance, after a crackdown on sex work in Dongguan, the ‘sex city’ of South China’s Guangdong Province, the trade seemed to have been eradicated overnight, along with an estimated annual spending of 50 billion yuan ($7.67 billion), which had accounted for a seventh of local GDP, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
“In addition, China’s laws and regulations, which have not been updated for years, are not able to deal with the sex trade today, Pan added.”
The report added:
“Prostitution was made illegal in China after the Communist Party of China took power in 1949, according to Pan. However, Pan’s research has shown that more Chinese men aged from 18 to 61 are paying for sex than ever before, with 17 percent of men likely to have paid for sex by 2020.
“Pan estimated in 2010 that the number of sex workers in the Chinese mainland might be up to 2 million while the World Health Organization estimated this figure to be 6 million in 2012, the South China Morning Post reported in 2014.”
The report said some sociologists and lawyers advocate legalizing sex work. Chi Susheng, a Heilongjiang-based lawyer and former National People’s Congress deputy, has thrice submitted proposals to legalize sex work to China’s top legislature. The most recent progress on liberalizing the law on sex work came on November 11, when the maximum penalty for organizing prostitution rings was lowered from the death penalty to life in jail, she added.
Another May 1, 2016 report from China said:
“Local government apologized on a press conference held on Saturday after a footage of demolition crew striking villagers in Haikou city, south China’s Hainan province. The government announced that 7 crew members involved have been detained, and their team leader surnamed Wang has been dismissed.
The “Local Gov’t Apologized after Horrific Video of Demolition Crews Violently Striking Villagers in S China Goes Viral Online” headlined report said:
“In the horrific footage, the demolition crew were seen cornering and striking villagers with sticks, and women were heard wailing.
“According to report from http://www.hinews.cn, the villagers sold the farmland to outsiders for construction. The demolition crew were there to tear down these illegal buildings when the collision in the video took place.
“The footage went viral online, thrilling and raging web users as it circulates. Many of the netizens believe that the local government needs to exert more severe punishment on the demolition crew members.”
The reports show a part of the big economy with a lot of contradictions.