Thursday, 26 February 2015

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Wang Sicong considers himself "tall, rich and handsome"... is he?
On Valentine's Day, the son of China's second-richest man told the media that his top criteria for finding a girlfriend was that she had to be "buxom".

The 26-year-old Wang Sicong was educated overseas from grade one and when he came back to China, his father, Wang Jianlin appointed him director of Dalian Wanda Group, a property and entertainment empire, without having any particular job description or responsibilities. The younger Wang is also chairman of a private investment firm called Prometheus Capital and runs a gaming company.

But he is best known for making outrageous comments on social media, usually verbal jousts at other fuerdai or second-generation wealthy elite. In 2013 he got into an argument with Wang Xiaofei, the son of celebrity chef Zhang Lan, accusing Wang of "impersonating a fuerdai" and being a "fake hipster" because his mother had retained her seat on the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference despite renouncing her Chinese citizenship.

Ouch.

Father Wang Jianlin went on TV to defend his son's antics
Wang Sicong also considers himself a "gaofushuai", or literally "tall, rich and handsome"; he also likes to point out he is different from "diaosi", a self-mocking term referring to young men of humble backgrounds and low incomes.

Basically he's a spoiled brat to the nth degree.

In the days following his Valentine's Day remarks, Xinhua skewered the younger Wang, saying he was "breaching the bottom line of morals". It also said he was spreading "undesirable obsessions with money, sex and violence".

After Xinhua slammed Wang, he claimed what he said about women was a joke and couldn't believe that people took it seriously.

But his father has taken the criticism to heart and last night went on state television to publicly defend his son.

Wang Jianlin said his son had spent many years studying overseas and had gotten into the habit of speaking whatever was on his mind.

"He is smart. He went overseas to study at grade one and he has a Western-style of thinking. Maybe after spending five or eight years in China, he will truly become Chinese."

Will the younger Wang ever truly become Chinese after having studied abroad since he was six years old? This is naive thinking on the father's part. To believe that his son can have a Western education but without the other cultural aspects that go with living in the West is wishful thinking.

And for the father to denounce the West for casting is son astray is outrageous -- if his son was brought up with good family values and manners, this entire incident would not have erupted.

According to Wang Jianlin's friends, his biggest regret in life is not having more children. "My wife didn't want to have more when we were young, and now it's too late," he apparently once said...

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