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June 8, 2011

Tiger Brats

This photo is so big, I couldn’t capture it all on my screen. It’s from a Foreign Policy piece, the point of which is, I suppose:

1. There’s more money now in China, and…

2. People enjoy it more due to the one child policy, and…

3. “Little Emperor” is code language for “spoiled brat.”

Whereas the article details China’s struggles with the moral impact of this largesse, however, I wonder how much these photos serve to stir consumer envy (and with it, more online clicks) in the West?   (Here’s the slideshow.)

– Karen Hull

(photo: China Photos/Getty Images caption: A boy looks on as models pose with a Mercedes-Benz R350 car during a promotion for property owners in a wealthy residential district on Oct. 14, 2006, in Chongqing municipality.)

  • black dog barking

    Wow! Chinese luxury cars come equipped with models just like here in the US of A.

  • Anonymous

    As evidence that there is no fundamental difference in the human apes regardless of race or color, it seems that over the long haul that those Han with the means to will indulge themselves just as mindlessly with such baubles as those who live in the U.S. In Zhongguo, the party is just getting started though. There was the story last week where a teenager sold a kidney for an Ipod. The parents were displeased and some folks at the hospital will probably get to find out what a Chinese prison looks like.

  • http://quaxquax.myopenid.com/ quax

    I wasn’t sure at first if it was a Mercedes since the boy takes the places were the star goes.

    Being German I was somewhat relived that it was the real thing rather than a Chinese knock-off. 

    • BooksAlive

      A new [Korean] Hyundai mimics the newest Mercedes sedan exterior to a disturbing degree.

  • http://doran.pacifist.net/ Doran

    This screams how enamored the Chinese are with Western culture.

  • Banji Lawal

    Some of the pictures seem posed such as the one of the child playing at driving the MG.  As to these children being called little emperors in the photo selection quite irritating.  So affluent Chinese children get exposed to the same things that affluent European, American and Japanese children do and are we supposed to be shocked? 

    I think that the photo journalist wants us to find the whole thing about parents taking their children to expos, or a child using a pool at his house is strange.  You think that upper and ruling class people in Australia and Germany don’t have their children exposed to the same things.  And just like children all over the world they like playing with computers and get fidgety when having a haircut.

    China is a unique country just like every other but this set of photos is not showing us anything unique about China.

  • Banji Lawal

    Some of the pictures seem posed such as the one of the child playing at driving the MG.  As to these children being called little emperors in the photo selection quite irritating.  So affluent Chinese children get exposed to the same things that affluent European, American and Japanese children do and are we supposed to be shocked? 

    I think that the photo journalist wants us to find the whole thing about parents taking their children to expos, or a child using a pool at his house is strange.  You think that upper and ruling class people in Australia and Germany don’t have their children exposed to the same things.  And just like children all over the world they like playing with computers and get fidgety when having a haircut.

    China is a unique country just like every other but this set of photos is not showing us anything unique about China.

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