February 8, 2013
For Chinese Men, Life as 'Bare Branch'
Jessica Levine, Tea Leaf Nation
Cool as glass, a young couple strolls into the Tiffany & Co. attached to Beijing’s four-star Peninsula Hotel, elegantly lit with custom crystal chandeliers. She grips his elbow; he’s aloof. Epitomizing urban affluence in today’s China, this proverbial male drives a slick car, owns a slicker high-rise and is more than willing to shell out for a Western-style tuxedo, wedding cake, live music, and, of course, a platinum Tiffany ring.
In other words: He’s rich (see: the ‘Lamborghini’ Coefficient).
By contrast, millions of his fellow rural countrymen will likely never know such splendor or even the joy of matrimony.
TAGGED: one-child policy, China