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拼爹 (pīn diē): compare fathers
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'''拼爹 (pīn diē): compare fathers'''
  
[[File:dad4.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Left: “My dad is a director!” Right: “My dad is a section chief!”'']]
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[[File:拼爹.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''Left: “My dad is a director!” Right: “My dad is a section chief!” (Source: Xinhua)'']]
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[[File:dad3.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''Golden ingot offered to principal as father leads his child to the school gates. (Source: Nanfang Daily)'']]  
  
[[File:dad3.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Golden ingot offered to school principal as father leads his child to the school gates.'']]
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Social phenomenon in which a father’s status is believed to give a more accurate prediction of future success than one's own ability or accomplishments. This term is a product of the [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/wealth-gap/ growing disparity between the rich and poor] in a society with limited social mobility.  
   
 
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''Left: “You have a powerful father—so you're hired!” Right: “Dad, let's just go home.”'']]
 
  
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Young people with powerful fathers are members of the [[rich second generation]] cohort. In the past few years, there have been many incidents of rich second generation youths relying on their fathers’ wealth or power to avoid taking responsibility for their wrongdoings.
  
This term is a product of the growing disparity between the rich and poor in a society with limited social mobility. Instead of competing based on ability or academic accomplishments, many feel that “comparing fathers” gives a more accurate prediction of future success.
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Perhaps most famously, in 2010, Li Qiming drove drunk and ran over a college student, killing her. When he exited the car, he famously declared, “[[My dad is Li Gang]],” asking which bystanders dared to sue him. His declaration became one of the year’s most viral Internet memes.  
  
Many Chinese young people with powerful fathers are known as [[rich second generation]]. In the past few years, there have been many incidents of rich second generation youths relying on their fathers’ wealth or power to avoid taking responsibility for their wrongdoing.  
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More recently, Li Tianyi, the son of a general in the People’s Liberation Army, [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/02/generals-son-detained-in-connection-with-gang-rape/ was arrested for involvement in a gang rape]; it was widely believed that the younger Li felt he could get away with such acts because of his father’s status and wealth.
  
Most famously, in 2010, Li Qiming drove drunk and ran over a college student, killing her. When he exited the car, he famously declared, “[[My father is Li Gang]],” and asked who dared sue him. His declaration later became one of the year’s most viral Internet memes. More recently, Li Tianyi, the son of a general in the People’s Liberation Army, [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/02/generals-son-detained-in-connection-with-gang-rape/ was arrested for the gang rape of his teacher]; it was widely believed that the younger Li felt he could get away with such acts because of his father’s status and wealth.
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People don't only “compare fathers” to escape justice. Many do so simply to enjoy preferential treatment or access to opportunities not available to the less connected.  
  
Many Chinese who “compare fathers” do not do so in such a criminal way; they merely enjoy some preferential treatment and have more opportunities than those without connections. However, when young people like Li Qiming and Li Tianyi “compare fathers,” they are often described as being 坑爹 kēng diē, or “father-hurting,” a term originally used to refer more broadly to unsatisfactory circumstances.
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'''Example:'''
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<blockquote>''Baiyangzuodexiaolili'' (@白羊座的小丽丽): Today's society is all about '''comparing fathers''', comparing mothers, and comparing connections. For people like us who have nothing we can only rely on hard work. I believe as long as we work hard we too can have a future. (June 2, 2015) </blockquote>
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<blockquote>现在的社会都是都是'''拼爹'''拼妈拼关系,,,像咋们这样啥都没有的,只能拼命啦/憨笑/憨笑/憨笑/憨笑我相信,,只要自己足够努力,有一天也会看到未来的,,加油/示爱/示爱/示爱/示爱/示爱 [[http://www.weibo.com/5606991540/CkJTzoXMg?type=comment#_rnd1433286967037 '''Chinese''']]</blockquote>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:34, 20 January 2021

拼爹 (pīn diē): compare fathers

Left: “My dad is a director!” Right: “My dad is a section chief!” (Source: Xinhua)
Golden ingot offered to principal as father leads his child to the school gates. (Source: Nanfang Daily)

Social phenomenon in which a father’s status is believed to give a more accurate prediction of future success than one's own ability or accomplishments. This term is a product of the growing disparity between the rich and poor in a society with limited social mobility.

Young people with powerful fathers are members of the rich second generation cohort. In the past few years, there have been many incidents of rich second generation youths relying on their fathers’ wealth or power to avoid taking responsibility for their wrongdoings.

Perhaps most famously, in 2010, Li Qiming drove drunk and ran over a college student, killing her. When he exited the car, he famously declared, “My dad is Li Gang,” asking which bystanders dared to sue him. His declaration became one of the year’s most viral Internet memes.

More recently, Li Tianyi, the son of a general in the People’s Liberation Army, was arrested for involvement in a gang rape; it was widely believed that the younger Li felt he could get away with such acts because of his father’s status and wealth.

People don't only “compare fathers” to escape justice. Many do so simply to enjoy preferential treatment or access to opportunities not available to the less connected.

Example:

Baiyangzuodexiaolili (@白羊座的小丽丽): Today's society is all about comparing fathers, comparing mothers, and comparing connections. For people like us who have nothing we can only rely on hard work. I believe as long as we work hard we too can have a future. (June 2, 2015)

现在的社会都是都是拼爹拼妈拼关系,,,像咋们这样啥都没有的,只能拼命啦/憨笑/憨笑/憨笑/憨笑我相信,,只要自己足够努力,有一天也会看到未来的,,加油/示爱/示爱/示爱/示爱/示爱 [Chinese]