Category Archives: middle class

The year of the squeezed middle class – Paul French

Being part of the aspiring middle class is not easy, Shanghai-based author Paul French knows. Their house keepers – or ayi’s – are hard to get, prices go up and your food gets poisoned, he summarizes the ordeal in the China Economic review.

The End of Cheap China hits US book shelves – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein’s long-awaited book on The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World has reached the shelves of US book stores. Key lessons on change in China.

Chinese consumers are buying status – Paul French

For many the purchasing habits of Chinese consumers are hard to gauge. Retail expert Paul French tells in The Telegraph why Chinese buy what and were. “Chinese consumers are still buying status.” But what gives status, might vary from other consumers.

The new global consumer: Chinese – Tricia Wang

Researcher Tricia Wang sends us through her websitea telling advertisement from Guangzhou depicting the new global consumer: a Chinese couple, served by a while male. “The entire global economy right now depends on the Chinese elite and middle-class to spend.”

Helen Wang to visit London, Paris, Europe

Helen Wang, the author of the leading book, The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You, will be visiting London early December on the invitation of Lord Wei. She will also visit Paris and other parts of Europe and is available for speeches.

Migrants’ dreams and technology – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang investigates the dreams and ambitions of migrants in China, and their usage of mobile phones and the internet. Agenda Beijing interviewed her on her findings and how her search fits into her own life. A snippet:

Luxury dreams from Chengdu – Helen Wang

Second-tier city Chengdu is betting on the high-end luxury consumption and wants to bring annually twenty world-brand luxury products into the city, writes author Helen Wang in Forbes. New targets for China’s middle class.

Shut up and shop, patriotism in China – Paul French

Being a patriot in China has become much easier, now the government focuses on increasing domestic consumption, writes retail analyst Paul French in The Telegraph. “All they have to do now is shop, shut up and then go shop some more.”

Who are China’s luxury shoppers? – Helen Wang

China’s middle class looks definitely different from the American middle class. Author Helen Wang discusses with the editor of Chengdu Today the profile of China’s luxury shoppers and analyzes their profiles on her weblog.

Obesity: not yet seen as a health threat in China – Paul French

Obesity as a problem is growing for children in China, seen as a way to show off prosperity, tells Paul French, co-author of Fat China, in the US edition of the China Daily. Unfortunately, it is not yet seen as a threat for health care.