Elliot Ng of CNReviews has a really interesting article up on a new breed of people in China and the new term they’ve been nicknamed: Xiaozi (小资). So what does it mean? Apparently, Xiaozi is translated as the “petty” part of “petty bourgeoisie,” but it’s meaning is related more to the now maturing richer middle class in China that’s attracted to “Western” commercial and artistic culture.
Which means that China’s now been rich (or, more correctly, had people getting rich) long enough for there to be class divides within the rich people. No longer do they and their rich friends only sneer at the poor folk, they can also sneer at other rich folks that don’t understand things like “environmentalism” and “creative culture” and “coffee.” Aka The Yuppie.
Anyway, he also found a quiz to determine if you (or your friend) are a Chinese yuppie: Here’s 20 questions, see how you (or your friend) fit:
Are they jaded about Chinese national events, and resist being defined by “official” and mainstream culture?
Do they like to sit in cafes? Do they like to drink coffee?
Do they appreciate red wine (and really appreciate it, not mix it with Coke)?
Do they crave outbound travel? Do they want to visit Tibet?
Are they focused on self-expression through fashion? Do they look down on people who spend money on brands without true appreciation of fashion?
Do they sometimes have a sense of being somehow different from the rest of society? That they are seeking something that cannot be found?
Do they use their English name, even with other Chinese people?
Do they like to socialize with foreigners? Do they like to date foreigners?
Are they picky in their love life? Do they feel that most traditional members of the opposite sex don’t understand their love of life, and their need for creative self-definition? Attitude of “if I’m not in love, I’d rather die”
Do they like foreign hobbies like Yoga? or Salza dancing?
Do they known multiple languages? Do they have good scores on TOEFL, GRE, and other foreign placement tests?
Do they like popular intellectual Western literature like Italo Calvino or Jorge Luis Borges?
Do they like Western popular music, electronica or jazz?
Do they tend to watch Western TV shows and like to complain about the low quality of Chinese media?
Are they Web-savvy? Do they like Western Web 2.0 sites and the more clean Western aesthetic of Web design?
Do they like all things Apple Computer?
Do they like blocked Western Websites like Twitter and Facebook?
Do they use Google, not Baidu?
Do they use MSN messenger or Skype, but not QQ?
Do they visit Douban, Onlylady or Rayli.com.cn?
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