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Before China’s reform and opening up, Communism had substantially leveled the playing field and most people were more or less on the same economic level. With Deng Xiaoping's free market reforms, the gap between rich and poor became more apparent. The children of those who prospered during the reform and opening up period are call the “rich second generation” and the children of those who did not prosper are called the “[[poor second generation]].” Commentators complain that institutional barriers (high cost of education, importance of connections, etc.) prevent the poor second generation from moving up.
 
Before China’s reform and opening up, Communism had substantially leveled the playing field and most people were more or less on the same economic level. With Deng Xiaoping's free market reforms, the gap between rich and poor became more apparent. The children of those who prospered during the reform and opening up period are call the “rich second generation” and the children of those who did not prosper are called the “[[poor second generation]].” Commentators complain that institutional barriers (high cost of education, importance of connections, etc.) prevent the poor second generation from moving up.
  
See also, [[generation of the officials' children]]
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See also [[generation of the officials' children]].
 
 
近起新起的概念,那些在改革开放中没有致富的产业工人或者农民,他们的子女如今有很多仍属于弱势群体,他们广泛地存在于城市和农村之中,其不但家庭贫困,而且在现有体制下改变其命运的机会依旧很少。由于改革开放而引起的社会贫富差异
 
  
 
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Revision as of 20:35, 14 May 2013

富二代 (fù èr dài): rich second generation

Before China’s reform and opening up, Communism had substantially leveled the playing field and most people were more or less on the same economic level. With Deng Xiaoping's free market reforms, the gap between rich and poor became more apparent. The children of those who prospered during the reform and opening up period are call the “rich second generation” and the children of those who did not prosper are called the “poor second generation.” Commentators complain that institutional barriers (high cost of education, importance of connections, etc.) prevent the poor second generation from moving up.

See also generation of the officials' children.

Poor.jpg

For the poor second generation, parents are more of a burden than an asset. For the rich second generation the opposite is true.

Poor2.jpg

The larger figure labeled "rich person" holds his child aloft next to the much smaller "poor person." Both figures sit on a bench labeled "Society's Resources."