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23 Sep
2012

Reflection (part 2)

First of all this week, I would like to offer each of you the opportunity to share with me if you want me to continue to send discussion topics. He response rate has been low, as observed by those who have participated.

How to Get Your Voice Heard

The desire to gain or improve status can also be recognized in actions by people who want a greater voice in the activities of social, political, or other regulating organizations.

But recently, simple protest or marches don't seem to be enough for activists. We've seen the violent confrontations in China over the disputed Diaoyus territories with Japan, and here in Hong Kong, mass rallies and hunger strikes contributed to winning the day over the government's plans to National Education. This is of course a global trend as we witness the current deadly protests of the United States and France.

But is it going too far and over incidences too trivial? In Madrid, 60 people were hurt as music fans rioted when a filled-to-capacity venue hosting an MTV concert was closed to further entry. And in Amsterdam, youths vandalized shops set a car on fire, damaged lamp posts, and scores of injuries were reported, after they were denied admission to a private birthday party. The cause: about 30,000 people received an invitation to a girl's 16th birthday party after she announced the fete on Facebook and it went viral. She forgot to set her Facebook settings to private.

My inquiry to you, from an Asian perspective, is violent protest and rioting becoming the norm to making one's point of view heard? Have we lost the value of dialogue and compromise?

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Posted by Jerry Gelsomino | Topic: Research

Reflection

9 Sep
2012

It's been several weeks since I've launched this blog to get your opinions and point of view about news articles and situations involving a quest for status or improvement of current standing in society by Asians.

While the community I am sending the inquiries to is today quite compact, I plan to enlarge the field of commentators by inviting my new cadre of students at university to join. Before I do however, I'd appreciate any comments by you on the content, clarity or appropriateness of my questions? Are you having any technical difficulties with the blog website?

Your opinions are crucial to the success of my studies.

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3 Sep
2012

In this weekend's South China Post, and article profiled how many Chinese parents are spending a small fortune to give their children a taste of the world.

The article described how "A growing number of affluent parents are sending their children overseas to improve their English and develop critical thinking skills. "Those who seek wisdom should read 10,000 books and travel 10,000 miles, the Chinese saying goes, and while one could easily spend a lifetime accomplishing the first task, many affluent mainland parents are increasingly choosing to put their children on the path to scholarship by sending them overseas for a season."

Agencies who organize overseas summer camps for primary and secondary school pupils report an explosion in the number of parents willing to shell out up to 40,000 Yuan (HK$49,000) - twice the annual per capita disposal income of the average urban mainlander - to introduce their children to the world beyond China.” Many of the students are said to become quite enamored with their visits to Europe and the U.S., determined for a longer stay by attending university overseas.

This situation appears to be another case of status gaining by parents and their children as they strive for a sampling of life outside of China. But what is gained by this exposure? What academic or social experiences are most desired through this international adventure?

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27 Aug
2012

First of all, thanks to all of you who have contributed to this blog on any of the subjects in which I have inquired. I hope now that the summer has passed we can keep a good thing going and growing. As I once again will be teaching this fall, I intend to look for more respondents to join the ACE panel.

This Week's Blog Inquiry

Wealthy consumers are increasingly seeking out memorable experiences over luxury goods in a premium market that has now hit US$1.4 trillion a year, according to the latest survey.

Boston Consulting Group and research firm Ipsos' in their Lux Report state that, "Spending on top-end safaris and other intangibles now accounts for 55 percent of all luxury spending - US$770 billion - as consumers choose to splurge on memories over handbags or watches."

The report goes on to say, "The world's younger affluent consumers are those most likely to choose kite-surfing over Cartier, as people born after 1980 are more likely to define themselves by what they've done rather than what they have acquired. Even in brand-obsessed China, where personal luxury goods serve as a strong badge of status and success, experiential luxury dominates, growing at 28 percent each year."

What are your thoughts on the growth of experiences; exotic vacations, business or professional tours, or maybe academic adventures replacing the quest for materialistic treasures. Is there a different level of status experience provides?

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19 Aug
2012

"Teach your children well, Their father's hell did slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they picked, the one you'll know by." Lyrics by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, 1970

In last week's Shanghai Daily.com, writers delved into the topic of China's pampered children; the little emperors and empresses, and the current trends in nurturing methods used by parents.

"Raise a daughter in an easy, comfortable environment, but raise a boy in a rigorous way" (fu yang nu, qiong yang nan), the saying goes, passed down over thousands of years.

But with China's quantum leap into modernization and urban prosperity for many, the old wisdom has been drowned out by the sound of a middle class getting rich and wanting to pass on to the children the ease and advantages they never had.

Both urban boys and girls have been pampered, many to excess, and as a result, there's much hand-wringing about 'materialistic girls' and especially boys who are weak and unmanly ��" parents have gone too far, some say, in giving them everything they want."

A whole 'boys' movement' has arisen to help boys get back in touch with their tougher, masculine side. As for girls, the old adage about a protected and comfortable environment appears to hold true and some parents even go overboard, introducing their girls to the better things in life in hopes that they won't settle for less when they marry."

What do you think about how parents guide and prepare their children for their future status in society? How were you driven by your family and what qualities were you encouraged to develop for success in life?

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