A recent report stating middle class Chinese children tend to look down on those who are not as fortunate has sparked a heated debate online. The article was published in Phoenix Weekly, a magazine based in Hong Kong.
Families with an annual income between 50,000 yuan and 1 million yuan are considered middle class in China. The huge gap between them has seen disparity in the middle class.
The article described a scenario of two young girls, both with English names, excluding a young boy, in the playground as he did not have an English name.
It then stated one of the girl's mothers felt relieved and satisfied with her decision to let the daughter to learn English, as having an English name was a symbol of having a good education.
According to Phoenix Weekly, parents who give their children nothing but the best – from buying food, toys and clothes, to choosing animations, preschool classes and tourism destinations – will prompt them to compare their lifestyles to peers.
Internet users said it was wrong parents offered better conditions to their children but despised others. For children's devlopment, moral cultivation is more important, they added.