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    Rolling in it - Chinas Bling Dynasty

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    How one might best translate “Bling Dynasty” into Chinese, I have no real idea. (Maybe “A Possessor of Uncouth Wealth,” Tuhao wangchao (土豪王朝), “Era of Dazzlement,” Liangxia shidai (亮瞎时代), or even the more straightforward “Bling Dynasty,” Buling-buling chao (不领不领王朝). But, whatever translation one might choose to use, the reign of this new dynasty, so graphically and strikingly depicted in the photographs and short videos shot by Lauren Greenfield for a feature by this name that recently ran in GQ, has gripped this errant “people’s republic” like a fever.

    What is so unsettling about this surge of luxury brand-smitten madness now sweeping China is the way the fervor of its followers harkens back to an earlier, but completely different kind of “mass movement” that racked China during its former reincarnation as the fountainhead of Maoist revolution. Then, the country rode wave after wave of political hysteria centered on the promise of refashioning the whole of society, rather than just individuals, into an egalitarian socialist utopia, a “New China.” Suffice it to say, the discontinuities between that increasingly distant Maoist past and the present are titanic. But if one is looking for important modern Chinese social trends, this fixation on a Western-grown version of luxury should not be overlooked. For not only is it irrigating the roots of whole new generations of Chinese with an intoxicating set of consumer urges (namely, to buy more and buy higher on the luxury food chain), but it represents a stunningly complete reversal of the old value system of living simply and “serving the people” to which this society had so quaintly, but militantly, consecrated itself during the second half of the last century. How any nation’s people can embrace two such different political systems and conflicting galaxies of values in the span of a short human lifetime is, of course, one of the many unanswered questions raised by China’s amazing rise to wealth and power. How to square Mao’s attack on “capitalist roaders” with this generation’s enthrallment with etiquette, French wine, fancy jewelry, Italian cars, and luxury resorts is not just an academic question.

    But, Greenfield’s evocative videos and photographs limn another more current contradiction: If this new China dream is an utterly counterintuitive outcome for China’s passage from the Mao era to modernity, we are still left to wonder how such a strange and different vision of life built around luxury goods and conspicuous consumption will ever align with an even more recently minted reverie, namely, the officially vaunted “China dream.” Upon assuming office in 2013, Party General Secretary Xi Jinping called upon his people to “work assiduously to fulfill their dreams and contribute to the revitalization of the nation” by leading upright and modest lives that resist self-indulgence and “undesirable work styles.” What angle of repose his far more austere, even severe, “China dream” will ultimately find with the “Bling Dynasty” is anyone’s guess. —Orville Schell

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    Pretty crazy series..


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    It is shocking how much money some of these Chinese have

    Not an exaggeration..........you see 18yr old kids driving Lambo's and Ferrari's here daily

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    The same with the middle east guys in London. Don't see too many Chinese rolling in Lambos but around Harrods Kensington area shit load of arabs in just insane cars doing laps and parked up down the side roads opposite the sheesha cafes.




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    Was in Hong Kong last December and seeing Lambos and Ferraris almost everywhere with personalized plates. Some just park by the road side, get down, buy some snacks on a stick, get back in and drive away. My friend commented that it's probably owned by some triad...i told him dont watch too much movies...555

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    Well people get money, some by work and virtue, many by luck.. I am ok with that..

    But whats sort of car crash fascinating is.. They almost have no idea what to do with it.. They need to be taught what ridiculous ostentatious gauche displays of crass wealth are the right ones.. "heres a sailing boat..I know you hate the sun and dislike the outdoors, but it shows how rich you are simply by buying one.. Please dont spit on the teak deck" etc etc..

    I would have assumed they had their own, inbuilt cultural 'things to buy'.. I would have thought they wanted to grab and control farmland and mountainsides if they come from 1 generation ago farmers..

    Strange times we live in.. I always cant shake the feeling its 4th turning roaring 20s..

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    I would have thought they wanted to grab and control farmland and mountainsides
    They are - only in Australia !
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    Quote Originally Posted by obes View Post
    They are - only in Australia !
    I suppose.. Tho I see that as more commercial but maybe its the same..

    Also (and you see this with rich Thais also) they go for those 'scarface' palatial designed homes.. With so much baroque shit on them.. Its the most nouveau riche nasty style imaginable.. Chinese (and Thais) have a superb architectural style.. Its strange to me how they reject that and dont somehow re-invent or rework their own.. Modernize their classic heritage.. I would have thought the mindset of new power would be more 'fuck you long nose... Look at us'.. Instead of the assuming of some odd Louis the XIV poor versailles.. Maybe it will in another 20 years when they become more accustomed to it ??

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    They're buying up (high rise) apartments in Melbourne and Sydney and they are the crappiest concrete pieces of shite one could imagine.
    No style, not lasting qualities about them at all.

    Can't understand why ANYBODY would want them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    I suppose.. Tho I see that as more commercial but maybe its the same..

    Also (and you see this with rich Thais also) they go for those 'scarface' palatial designed homes.. With so much baroque shit on them.. Its the most nouveau riche nasty style imaginable.. Chinese (and Thais) have a superb architectural style.. Its strange to me how they reject that and dont somehow re-invent or rework their own.. Modernize their classic heritage.. I would have thought the mindset of new power would be more 'fuck you long nose... Look at us'.. Instead of the assuming of some odd Louis the XIV poor versailles.. Maybe it will in another 20 years when they become more accustomed to it ??
    That is not at all how the rich Chinese come off in Vancouver.....which I would confidently say has the biggest concentration of rich Chinese outside of China

    They come off as pretty classy and besides the flashy cars.....somewhat understated

    Actually I have no problems with the Chinese here
    The ones that have just a bit of money come here and invest wisely and make money

    The uber rich are always around but, as I said....they have an understated class about them

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc26 View Post
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    That is not at all how the rich Chinese come off in Vancouver.....which I would confidently say has the biggest concentration of rich Chinese outside of China

    They come off as pretty classy and besides the flashy cars.....somewhat understated

    Actually I have no problems with the Chinese here
    The ones that have just a bit of money come here and invest wisely and make money

    The uber rich are always around but, as I said....they have an understated class about them
    OK well you see them.. I just remember some recent travel shows.. And in the video linked above..

    You see those faux 'tudor town' and faux alpine castles with disney type spires.. I would just have thought the new bond villain level billionaire would go for something a bit more shaolin templeseque

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    OK well you see them.. I just remember some recent travel shows.. And in the video linked above..

    You see those faux 'tudor town' and faux alpine castles with disney type spires.. I would just have thought the new bond villain level billionaire would go for something a bit more shaolin templeseque
    Actually it is the well of Chinese that do that in the outskirts of downtown Van
    They build houses and walls and crazy 2 sides doors that are way too big for the plots


    But the Uber rich here......they are in the 10-25 million dollar mansions and in the Fairmont and Shangri-La residences

    Funny I was just outside my office today and a extended Bentley pulls up and the suavist older Chinese dude got out from the back
    I was just like......damn 555

    Even some of the girls in my apartment building will come in with bags up bags from Holt Renfrew that you know came to 10k easy and they dont seem to be showing off

    I really dont have a bad thing to say about the Chinese
    From the poorer ones working their ass off in Chinatown
    The smart middle class ones
    The Uber rich

    All just go about their business......
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    Thats kinda cool..

    I know mainlanders seem to get a bad rap.. Here in the tourist market.. By Hong Kong Chinese.. Taiwanese.. Etc etc..

    Not just for the political issues but behavior..

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    Thats kinda cool..

    I know mainlanders seem to get a bad rap.. Here in the tourist market.. By Hong Kong Chinese.. Taiwanese.. Etc etc..

    Not just for the political issues but behavior..
    We are in Chinatown a lot and that is where you see the bad behavior and manners

    But to be honest, if you hold your ground with the grannies cutting in front of you they sort of respect it and the counter people certainly will and take you 1st

    Actually interactions down there remind me a lot of shopping interactions in Boston
    The people aren't going to muck around and be the friendliest but if you have a tough mind they will respect it

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    Yeah its more the taking a dump in the gutter and snot rockets in the restaurant level I would be concerned with over some granny in a queue
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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    Yeah its more the taking a dump in the gutter and snot rockets in the restaurant level I would be concerned with over some granny in a queue
    That is reversed for the Chinamen at the track
    Fxukig animals 555

    But the white dudes aren't that much better there

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc26 View Post
    But the white dudes aren't that much better there
    Says the white dude going to the track..

    Going to the track in Hong Kong was a joy.. So many faces.. Enjoyed that a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    Says the white dude going to the track..

    Going to the track in Hong Kong was a joy.. So many faces.. Enjoyed that a lot.

    This white dude at the track learned very early on to pay up and get away from the skids 555

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    I hate that face shit so much. It's funny that a culture this old could be this shallow and superficial.

    Not that the rest of us are saints, but Asians take social climbing to sickening levels. Or maybe it's just because they're so new to modern wealth.
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