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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Dockers' strike reflects squeeze on middle class

    Posted Apr 16th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Wong

    ... Alan Wong Alan Wong says dockers already get a decent wage, but surging prices have hit them hard Workers' strike reflects squeeze on middle class Their demand for safer, more humane ... nor a cage is hard enough, but because of a strong renminbi and the rise in global prices, soaring food costs have become another major source of distress for the sandwich class. In local ...

  2. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Middle-class Pakistani students set sights on Chinese education and jobs

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Middle-class Pakistanis flocking to learn Chinese When Misbah Rashid taught Chinese 30 years ago, few signed up. Today his department has more than 200 Pakistani students, increasingly attracted ... to mingle with an international Westernised elite. But Rashid's pupils are mostly middle class. Ambitious and academic, they lack the means to afford an American or British education and so ...

  3. News - World - US POLITICS

    US presidential candidate Mitt Romney jumps on Joe Biden's 'gaffe' on middle class

    Posted Oct 04th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... America's middle class had "been buried in the last four years". Biden, President Barack Obama's Democratic running mate for the presidential election, made the comments on Tuesday when speaking about the Republican camp's tax plans at a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina. "How they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried ...

  4. Business - Companies

    Recession, technology kill middle-class jobs

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 02:56pm

    ... Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation ... during the Great Recession paid middle-class wages, ranging from US$38,000 to US$68,000. But only 2 per cent of the 3.5 million jobs gained since the recession ended in June 2009 are midpay. ...

  5. News - China

    How the Chinese middle classes are becoming foodies and culture junkies

    Posted Jan 02nd 2013, 05:18pm by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter New report outlines consumer trends for 2013 A report on consumer trends in China for the coming year suggests the country's growing middles classes will be spending ... middle classes are developing an appetite for the arts, gourmet food and travel. They are spending more on threatre, concerts and leisure activities. Their tastes in food are changing too, ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - POLICY ADDRESS

    Policy address crucially overlooks plight of the middle class

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 06:44pm by Alex Lo

    ... “The top priority of the current-term government is to tackle the housing problem,” Leung said. It has no real appeal to the middle class, a crucial base of support, as many of its families ... and elderly. It has no real appeal to the middle class, a crucial base of support, as many of its families are increasingly dissatisfied with rising medical costs, falling education standards ...


    Barack Obama pledges support for the working and middle class in America

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by McClatchy-Tribune

    ... as protector of the poor and working class against the rich and powerful. Then, it was helping the people survive the sharp edges of the Industrial Revolution at the hands of what Roosevelt once called the "malefactors of great wealth". Now, Obama promises a government to help people make it through an age of rapid social and economic change at the start of a new century. For a middle class ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The pain of the squeezed middle class

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... Michael Chugani Michael Chugani reflects on the pain of the rent-paying middle class who look up only to see a future of downward mobility The long slide I am in shock. The person who put me in this state is my landlord who has informed me that my rent will go up by 40 per cent when the lease runs out. He recently bought the place from the previous owner, put me in a temporary ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    New ESF debenture scheme will hit middle classes hardest

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com ESF debenture plan 'will hit middle class hardest' Middle-class families will be the hardest hit by the English Schools Foundation's new HK$500,000 debenture scheme, a parent group said. The move would "for sure and 100 per cent" affect middle-class parents, Hong Kong Parents Association secretary Henry Chan Sing-tat said. ...

  10. Beefing up the middle-class meat in the economic sandwich

    Posted Feb 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... expected to become China's premier next year. In it, Li stressed the need for China to enlarge its share of 'middle-income earners'. The phrase 'middle class' is still ... the 'unique advantage' of the nation's middle class was strategically significant to China's next stage of development. Just how large is China's middle class? Nanjing University ...




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