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  1. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Young fear lack of money will hold them back from middle-class dream

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... middle-class dream The education system may need an overhaul to improve opportunities for those stuck in a lower class life, an education researcher suggested after a survey found widespread pessimism ... graduates had more difficulty now than in the 1970s and 1980s in climbing into the middle class. Also 72 per cent of the 500 respondents aged 15 to 35 thought the wealth gap had become more severe ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1226949/young-fear-lack-money-will-hold-them-back-middle-class-dream
  2. News - Hong Kong - BUDGET

    Price of entry to middle class? Coffee and tickets to French movies- finance secretary

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tony Cheung, Joshua But and Joyce Ng

    ... Tony Cheung, Joshua But and Joyce Ng It's not how much you earn, says financial chief John Tsang Price of entry to middle class … Never mind how much you earn- even if it is more than HK$300,000 a month as a top government official- if you drink coffee and watch French movies, you're middle class. That was the definition offered yesterday by John Tsang Chun-wah, under fire ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1163799/price-entry-middle-class-coffee-and-tickets-french-movies-finance
  3. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1215395/dockers-strike-reflects-squeeze-middle-class
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Budget must watch out for Hong Kong's middle class

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung Philip Yeung calls for budget measures that help struggling families with education and rent John Tsang mustn't kill the middle class dream of upward social mobility Once ... optimism resembles a dog-eat-dog compound. We have become a pear-shaped society, with a swollen lower class and a shrinking middle class, the former trapped by impotent rage and the latter resigned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1154056/budget-must-watch-out-hong-kongs-middle-class
  5. News - Hong Kong - THE 2013-14 BUDGET

    Tsang's tax relief won't go very far for middle class, critics say

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Relief measures to have little impact, critics say The middle class will benefit from a "one-off" basket of relief measures, with more than 1.5 ... middle-class families, but critics said they would have little impact. "It's as expected- all the measures are to appease everyone, while failing to really address the big problems," ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1160601/john-tsangs-tax-relief-wont-go-very-far-middle-class-critics-say
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1187832/middle-class-pakistani-students-set-sights-chinese-education-and-jobs
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1129506/policy-address-crucially-overlooks-plight-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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1127165/pain-squeezed-middle-class
  9. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1135153/recession-technology-kill-middle-class-jobs
  10. News - World - OBAMA'S SECOND TERM: ANALYSIS

    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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1133824/barack-obama-pledges-support-working-and-middle-class-america

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