Land in China: Über Touchy

On his personal blog, Jonah Kessel writes about the making of his three-part video project ‘China’s Consuming Billion’, which accompanies the second installment of The New York Times’ latest series on China, ‘Leaving...

Souring on Shark Fin Soup

Shark fin soup, once considered by Chinese as a symbol of status and wealth and a must-serve at wedding banquets, is now receiving a cold welcome among the younger generation. From Bonnie Tsui at The New York Times: In 2006,...

China Braces For End Of World

With the apocalypse now less than ten days away, China has been joining in the global festival of panic, resignation and denial at the imminent extinction of humanity. At China Real Time Report, Chao Deng described some Chinese...

Black Friday in Red China

November 11th was Singles Day—in Evan Osnos’ words, the “Chinese answer to Black Friday … an orgy of consumption on a level the world has rarely seen”. At The New Yorker, Osnos contrasts this festival of middle...

Escaping the Rat Race: An Emerging Counter-Culture

While the rise of consumerism in China continues to attract attention, Monica Tan turns to the backlash against it. From Tea Leaf Nation: It’s happened all over the world, and it’s happening in China too. As the country’s middle...

Scenes from China’s Consumerist Revolution

A precarious economic outlook and efforts to stem officials’ conspicuous consumption have prompted fears for the health of China’s luxury market. Sales of prestigious Moutai liquor have indeed drooped, but Hermes and...

What the Chinese Want

In the Wall Street Journal, Tom Doctoroff, a China-based advertising executive and author of “What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer,” gives his perspective on what Chinese consumers...

Where China’s New Rich Are Putting Their Money

The Chinese Luxury Consumer White Paper 2012 was released on Tuesday, and revealed that China now has 2.7 million people with personal assets of more than 6 million yuan ($950,000). Forbes finds that China’s new wealthy...

Putting the Chinese in ‘Made in China’

An article in the New York Times Arts section looks at the nascent graphic design industry in China by profiling one designer who is hot in Beijing: Sitting in the Colibri Cafe (home of those pricey cupcakes) Mr. Liu seems to be...

Consumerism in China

From evayih blog: Problems brought by consumerism in China Most economists assert that China’s rising consumerism will have an effect in almost all parts of the world. The United States will be particularly affected by this...

China: The Next Superconsumer?

The Guardian takes a look at the social an environmental impact of China’s rising consumerism: Until recently, China was living within the planet’s means. If everyone in the world consumed what the average Mr or Mrs...

William A. Callahan: China’s Glee

On China Beat, William A. Callahan, Professor of International Politics at the University of Manchester, compares China’s rise to the popular U.S. TV series Glee: Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World, tells...

Can China Lead a Recovery?

Some observers are hoping a rising consumerism in China will help global markets rebound. The Washington Post visits shopping malls in Beijing to see whether progress is being made: One year after the global economy went into a...



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