Social Class

Class in the city? Not for Hong Kong

Photo: Bloomberg

Judging by readers' feedback, it seems much of Manhattan is still exercised by a recent piece in The New York Times on class distinction in the city. Class snobbery was increasingly based on property, the article said.

Monday, 28 January, 2013, 7:13am

Beefing up the middle-class meat in the economic sandwich

For the last few weeks, Chinese leaders and US politicians have been addressing their chief domestic audiences. The main difference is that while the Americans see their middle class as an endangered species, Chinese leaders see them as saviours of the nation.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Financial looters run riot, and there's rebellion in the air

Widespread riots, arson and looting across London and other English cities sent shockwaves around the world. As far away as Japan, people were asking if Britain was safe any more, and one German politician suggested moving next year's Olympic Games to Germany.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Confronting China's demons - The stifling pyramid of the economic boom

The 'Chinese model' of capitalism is unsustainable. It gives too much power to the government and company bosses, which creates dangerous imbalances in society, argues a well-known journalist.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Social tensions 'inevitable'

In recent years, the public has become negative towards the upper class. Many people dislike the rich, thinking that they treat the poor unjustly and exploit them. Hongkongers, especially lower-class people, believe all rich people are the source of social injustice and inequality. So they blame all social conflicts on the upper class.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am


Liberal studies will only widen the social gap between students

20 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

More are becoming upwardly mobile, but birth still counts

Education is the key to better jobs, except in the political arena

Mainlanders' chances of social advancement through merit have improved in the past two decades, but birth still matters for those aiming for political careers.

30 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Liberal wage cuts not for all

It is ridiculous that the eight members of the Liberal Party sitting in the Legislative Council cut 10 per cent of the salaries they receive from the Government. All of them are only part-time legislators. I wonder why they did not claim to share 10 per cent of their income with their subordinates in private companies or offer to donate it to social-welfare funds.

31 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Mr and Mrs Middle Class move in

Jiang Qianyong and Amy Yan Dong have just paid almost two million yuan (HK$1.8 million) for a luxury flat, regularly entertain clients on the rooftop of their modern Shenzhen office, and enjoy mixing business with pleasure on trips to Hong Kong.

3 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Confucian ethics used to justify repression

Before the recent economic crisis hit Asia, many of its political leaders and businessmen were extolling 'Asian values' and the superiority of Confucian ethics over the value systems of the West. Now that these leaders have been exposed as practitioners of 'bubble economics', we can study their claims of superiority with more clarity and objectivity.

7 Oct 1998 - 12:00am