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  1. News - China Insider - Perception

    The Chinese Dream in surveys: a happy middle class

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 07:54am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com A majority of Chinese consider themselves belonging to the country’s middle class and link happiness to material possessions, surveys show. Three in five working-age Chinese consider themselves to be middle class, according to a survey by the Centre for Social Survey at Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University. One in three, or 33.6 per cent, ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's middle class may be rising, but not in revolt

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 03:26am by David Goodman

    ... David Goodman David Goodman rejects the simplistic equation of the rise of the middle class in China with that of the West, and thus the assumption that the former must lead to democracy as the latter did A class apart Much is expected of China's growing middle class. Since 2002, the Communist Party has embraced the idea of expanding the middle class so that it becomes more than ...

  3. News - Asia - INDIA

    Slowing economy puts India's middle-class dream on hold

    Posted Nov 07th 2013, 04:14am by WASHPOST

    ... The Washington Post in Ghaziabad Abandoned, half-finished housing projects area graphic illustration of a slowing economy India's middle-class dream put on hold Just outside India's capital, partially finished high-rises line the smog-veiled skyline, concrete monuments to the aspirations of the country's middle class. They are among the hundreds of developments ...

  4. Business - Economy

    India’s rupee crisis crimps middle class lifestyles

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:15pm by Agence France-Presse in New Delhi

    ... at record lows of nearly 69 rupees to the US dollar and seen heading south, the estimated 300-million-strong middle-class are being forced to rethink many of their plans. Holidays abroad are being ... of the Indian Association of Tour Operators, forecasts up to a 20 per cent drop in Indian tourists going abroad this year and calls the situation “grim”. “It’s the middle class which is worst impacted ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Hong Kong's middle class most burdened by high housing costs

    Posted Aug 09th 2013, 12:00am by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com Survey finds 44 per cent of this group's monthly expenditure goes to mortgage or rent payment Housing burden falls on middle class The middle class ... middle class spent 70 per cent of their income each month, leaving a surplus of only about HK$8,000. "The percentage represents a rather high financial burden, although the group is, ...

  6. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia's middle class hard hit by rising fuel costs

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 12:00am by JEFFREY HUTTON

    ... Jeffrey Hutton in Jakarta Scaling back the fuel subsidy has resulted in cost increases for everything from vegetables to rent Urban middle class feel impact of dearer fuel Before Indonesia ... growing economy, it's low and middle-class consumers like Tarmi who now seem likely to bear the brunt of the sudden shift in market attitudes that are, in part, bidding down the value ...

  7. News - Asia - THAILAND

    White masked middle-class the latest group to take to Thailand's streets

    Posted Aug 19th 2013, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... of Pheu Thai and the yellow shirts who back the opposition Democrat Party. Yet, there are significant differences between the yellow shirts and the predominantly middle-class ...

  8. News - Hong Kong

    Macau casinos bet on China’s rising middle class

    Posted Aug 08th 2013, 03:43pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters The game is changing for casinos in Macau as fun-seeking middle-class Chinese visitors follow high-roller VIP gamblers in ever greater numbers to try their luck in the only place ... in the second quarter thanks in part to strong growth in visits from members of China’s rising middle class. One of six licensed casino operators in Macau, Melco has two resorts there and is opening ...

  9. News - World - PROTESTS

    World's middle class rise up in protest

    Posted Jun 30th 2013, 12:00am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... The Washington Post Across the world and for a variety of reasons, ordinary people are expressing their anger and demanding change Middle class rise up in unison As protests raged ... time. "We are fighting for different reasons, but we all want our governments to finally work for us. We are inspiring each other." Around the globe, this is the summer of middle-class ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Piercing Tsang's 'middle class' delusion

    Posted Mar 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com So John Tsang Chun-wah lives a frugal lifestyle, drinks tea and watches French movies. Good for him, but that does not make him middle class. Maybe the finance secretary thinks being middle class is a state of mind. But as someone earning HK$302,205 a month and living in a luxury house (courtesy of taxpayers), excluding perks, benefits and a generous ...




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