How to Photograph a Chinese Official

Chinese officials’ sensitivity about appearance has only intensified since sharp-eyed netizens started bringing down officials caught wearing—or even not wearing—luxury watches and other incriminating baubles. Such visible...

Bikes for Bonuses as China’s Wealthy Reminisce

Once one of four symbols of modern living in China, alongside wristwatches, sewing machines and radios, the bicycle’s position as a status symbol took a battering with the advent of widespread car ownership. Its fall from...

In the Lap of Luxury Goods

Kevin Yeoh, a former Beijing-based fund manager with AMP Capital, sees potential profit lying in China’s luxury market. From Phillip Wen at Sydney Morning Herald: Yeoh warns that any sort of direct play requires research,...

Chinese Market Slowdown Impacts Global Brands

The global economic slowdown, especially in China, is impacting global luxury brands. Burberry’s reported a 20% drop in shares this week. From Forbes: It comes as no surprise to anyone following global markets that China...

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...

The Stylish Side of China

Although some analysts are worried about a slowdown in China’s economy, including the luxury industry, some indicators tell a different story. As huge numbers of people, white-collar women in typical, have just entered the...

For Leaders, Fear at the Top?

In a New York Times Opinion, Harvard’s Roderick MacFarquhar writes that the Bo Xilai scandal – and the revelations about the wealth and lifestyle of his family and the families of other “princelings”...

Titanic Replica to be Made In China

The recent 3D re-release of James Cameron’s Titanic has been an enormous success in China, despite controversy over a prudishly deleted scene and some of the ensuing press coverage. The film took $67 million at the Chinese...

Hollywood and The Bo Xilai Saga

With China embroiled in a political scandal fit for a Hollywood thriller, and Hollywood eager to tap into China’s movie market as never before, The Atlantic’s Damien Ma takes a stab at what Bo Xilai: The Movie might...

China’s Gold Rush Explained

David Pierson of The Los Angeles Times writes about the biggest driver behind China’s emergence as a major player in the global demand for gold, the Chinese consumer, which has turned to gold not only as an age-old status...

China’s Hidden Wealth Feeds an Income Gap

For the New York Times, Didi Kirsten Tatlow looks at the role of the gray economy in obscuring China’s economic figures as the prodigious spending habits of the country’s wealthy elite attract international...



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