The automotive marketing research firm also found that Chinese students who bought new cars spent an average of almost $53,000, with 32 percent paying cash, the magazine reported. The group of American students surveyed spent an average of $19,000 on a new car, with fewer than 5 percent paying cash.
2015 article describes a "wealthy 2nd generation" culture at Penn State University (PA) that has grown out of China’s recent rising affluence, where many of the Penn State Chinese students interviewed for this story said their cars play an important role in their social life and indicated that American students don't care about clothes or cars. A local dealer even goes as far as sponsoring a car show with Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Volkswagen and Nissan cars where Chinese students enjoy free sushi, authentic Chinese bubble tea and other food and drinks set up in a buffet while they browse for cars.
It seems China's single-child policy also has played a role in why Chinese students buy cars once they arrive at Penn State as some parents see money as the only way to connect with their children who are studying thousands of miles away.
“I can’t give you love because I’m not around you, so all I can give you is money.”
Rife with many violations of wellness, the story above describes a sort of sprouting elitism rooted in what is described by some parents of the Chinese students as a way to give love. However, this type of "love" actually gives little to no care about the breaches in environmental wellness (increased emissions), financial wellness (excepting the local luxury car dealers, and Penn State University's bursar), social wellness (elitism partitions the community into a caste-like system), physical wellness (chronic diseases and disorders related to the stress of the caste-system, and added emissions from the cars), and emotional wellness (anxiety, depression, anger in those who do not have $50,000 in cash to purchase a luxury vehicle and all of the associated real and perceived "benefits").
And so initially, I thought, well, this is an isolated incidence of sprouting elitism until a a few discussions and the next article later...
"The parking areas at John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School here on Long Island can sometimes resemble a luxury dealership — BMWs, Range Rovers and Mercedes-Benzes.
And these are the students’ cars, not the teachers’."
And reading further, one discovers that the crusty rich NYC suburb, Great Neck, is suffering with making a decision about how to accommodate the increase in need for parking space, as for high school seniors, driving had become a necessity, since many have jobs, internships and other after-school activities.
"The parking challenge is a symptom of a new age of opulence — many families in affluent school districts are far richer than a generation ago and more able and willing to indulge their children."
The school has plans to pave over one of its former athletic fields to create the lot, however, has provoked a backlash from residents who call the $652,000 project too expensive and say it will attract more traffic and deprive the neighborhood of precious green space.
1. Angela Bazon, 18, Mercedes C-300
2. Josh Vilinsky, 17, $62,000 Mercedes Coupe
3. Rachel Ozari, 17, 2018 Jeep Cherokee
Luxury Cars On Campus: Chinese Students At MSU Flock To BMWs, Maseratis, Other High End Autos
Why Teens Shouldn't Be Driving Luxury Cars
Why Your $80,000 Car Doesn't Impress Me Any Longer
Chinese Students Major In Luxury Cars
The sprouts of elitism aren't green.
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