Essay on China´s Nouveau Riche, Modernization, and Victorian Era

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China hasn’t operated with an aristocratic social group since the Han Dynasty (Global Security). The equality that was encouraged during the communist regime blocked the development of an elitist culture within China. However, communism is being glossed over in favor of capitalism, Chinese aristocrats, powered by the recent boom of the economy, are on the rise. China lacks a long established aristocratic culture due to it’s communist past, and as a result, its nouveau riche look elsewhere for examples of elitist culture. Compared to China’s nouveau riche, who are not from traditionally wealthy families, long established European elitist cultures, or the “old money”, are prestigious. These upper classes, such as the Victorian high class of …show more content…
These women attend the schools with the hopes of learning proper etiquette, which the Chinese model after European social customs. These schools teach “international savoir-vivre, greetings and introductions, dress code, table manners, the art of European dining, the history, tasting and service of tea and coffee, conversational do’s and don’ts and personal presentation” (Florcruz). The etiquette taught in these expensive modern institutions in China parallel the etiquette expected of wealthy Victorian women in the 1800s. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice focuses on the wealthy social classes of 19th century England. (find quotes here) Catherine Bingley when she explains that “she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions.”() Caroline describes a less tangible aspect of those who have been surrounded by grandeur their entire lives- etiquette. She says this code of behavior is demonstrated in walking manner, vocal tone, and expressions. This is a definition of the aspects of Victorian Era high status etiquette for women. This etiquette is emphasized as the ideal. In Pygmalion, Victorian playwright George Bernard Shaw describes the rich mother who “has intelligence, personal grace, dignity of character without harshness, and a cultivated sense of the best art of her time... she sets a standard for [her son] against which…

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