December 17, 2004


Before 80s people are scared to have money or even show they are wealthy. In the old China everything is belongs to the party, no one own anything individually. Therefore classes in China are not significantly important in Chinese society. In late 80ís and 90ís people start to realize there are differences between people, someone is richer or someone do have more social power, but classes never really affect people that much, different classes normally live around the same area, people in different classes talk to each other in the same way. In China for people to change their class is not as hard as people in US, we have our own standards for classes, and our classsystem is totally different from U.S.

Posted by HuiLin at December 17, 2004 04:59 AM

How is position or rank within the Communist Party different from something like nobility in Europe or capital in America?

That's something that has always puzzled me.

How does someone in China change their class? In the US, it's possible to move into the middle class and beyond if you get a good eduation (perhaps with a sports scholarship). of course, the truly upperclass don't have to work -- and getting that much money is typically something that takes a few generations of entrepreneurship (or good real-estate deals).

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 19, 2004 10:05 PM
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