If you are thoroughly loaded with cash, yet still can’t 1.) Pronounce luxury brand names, 2.) Hold an oyster fork, and/or 3.) Know anything about wine, the Institute Sarita may be the perfect choice. The Beijing school’s 10-day course covers these elite topics and more, and for the humble price of 100,000 yuan.
The finishing school’s earth-shattering curriculum includes classes on orange peeling, table decorating, and escargot-slurping. Not included is the ability to tell when one is pissing away $16,000 USD. AFP reports:
Most are women in their 40s whose wealth rose fabulously along with China’s breakneck growth in recent decades, says founder Sarah Jane Ho. […]
“What my clients want is really a guide, a new Confucius. What they need is a frame of reference and this is what I provide.”
For many participants, the hefty price tag to acquire such knowledge can seem trivial. Ho says her students “easily spend three times that amount” to acquire the furs or jewellery introduced in class. […]
“I think the way someone eats — how they hold their fork and knife, the way they eat their food — can say a lot about their etiquette and their temperament,” she says, adding that such topics were not widely taught in China.