Published on : Saturday, February 28, 2015
The Chinese have finally decided to brush up on their etiquettes and manners. With so much outrage from the world over on Chinese rude behaviour, they have decided to get trained from European finishing schools that are catering to the Chinese nouveaux riche. These schools are offering courses to Chinese women on how to raise children, proper table manners and luxury brand pronunciation.
A grooming school founder said that her Chinese clients often face embarrassment while attending dinner meetings overseas or addressing and attending to guests. They are joining these schools to make things easier for themselves and fit in the world as acceptable citizens.
There is a growing demand of Chinese citizens wanting to join these schools and trying to fulfill this demand European finishing schools are planning to open branches in Shanghai.
China has 190 billionaires and more than two million millionaires according to research from Forbes magazine and Boston Consulting Group. With newly acquired fortunes and a huge amount of wealth at their disposal they have little or no knowledge on how to behave in international businesses and social events. This transformation of wealth has taken place in a compressed time span and created tremendous pressure on the Chinese people.
Chinese people often find themselves feeling awkward and unable to conduct themselves at social gatherings or business events. They lack the Finesse of their Asia and western counterparts.
The finishing schools are being attended by government officials, children enrolling in overseas schools, wives looking to entertain important guests and those who enjoy travelling abroad. The Chinese are seeing the advantage of having an international edge and good manners are proving to be useful in the international arena.
The schools are charging the Chinese clients exorbitant fees and the wealthy are quite willingly paying. If money can buy good manner tips then why not spend feel the Chinese rich. The schools charge from 20,000 yuan ($3,243) per group of 10 for a single session to 100,000 yuan ($16,216) for 12 days. They teach from how to hold a fork and knife, to making small talks and paring wines with meals.
With so much of criticism from the world over the Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested Chinese citizens be “a bit more civilised when travelling abroad.” With incidents like defacing an Egyptian sculpture, throwing boiling water on a flight attendant and urinating outside, Chinese tourists have grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons.
A 64 page booklet was published by China’s National Tourism Administration, where Chinese tourists were strictly warned from peeing in swimming pools, stealing life jackets from planes and leaving foot prints on toilet seats. The administration had decided on punishments which included fine on tour operators and black listing tourists with bad behaviour.
Some analysts feel that the Chinese had been through a tough period when they struggled to get a four square meal. At that time their priority was food and politeness and good manners was farfetched thought. With a drastic change in their economic culture they are somewhat lost and find it difficult to fit in. But the fact that people are recognising the need to find acceptance is surely a positive move.
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