来自中国大陆的留学生陆万祯遭暴力绑架后被释放，这一消息近期来一直成为头条新闻。暴力罪行固然令人震惊，但更耸人听闻的是陆所畸形拥有的，其父母提供的让人眩晕的资产 - 白色兰博基尼，劳斯莱斯和揽胜豪华车队。据称，陆曾在社交媒体网站上大晒其豪车照片。虽然绑架的确切动机仍然在警方调查之下，据各种传言称，绑架与这名22岁学生拥有的巨额财富有关。
The international student from China who was violently kidnapped and released by a group of people have dominated the headlines for days. But apart from the shocking crimes involved, it was Lu’s dazzling assets from his parents -- a white Lamborghini, a Rolls-Royce, and a Range Rover have made the news more sensational. Lu had allegedly posted the pictures of the luxury cars on social media site. While the exact motive of the kidnapping is still under the police investigation, speculations abound that it was related to the massive wealth that the 22-year-old student owns.
Making excessive wealth could be a success story in China and flaunting it can bring ego and pride. In Oct. last year, a growing trend in China dubbed the "flaunt your wealth challenge" generated more than a million posts on Chinese social platform Weibo within two weeks. Young women are dressing to the nines then pretending to fall and spill all their costly items around them. An image of a young woman, lying face down on a pedestrian crossing with luxury items worth thousands of dollars scattered around her, has instantly gone viral on the Chinese social media.
The act of showing off wealth also highlights China’s rising middle class with rapidly growing purchasing power. For those who had little exposure to the outside world and limited history of handling a fortune, the sudden windfall can bring a great sense of insecurity. They feel the urge to go drag racing in Ferraris while texting on gold iPhones, showcasing material wealth ostentatiously to get a status symbol and a sense of superiority.
但是，在北美，身份不依赖于金钱，富人们也不会张扬受隐私保护的财产。很多西方父母也不愿将他们的财产转给他们的后代。 从童年贫穷中崛起并积累了巨额财富,全球最成功的流行歌星之一Sting说，他的孩子不会从他1.8亿英镑的收入中受益。 “我希望我的三个儿女将继续干活挣钱......我没有太多的遗产留给他们。”前苹果首席执行官，白手起家的亿万富翁史蒂夫•乔布斯，其净资产达到102亿美元，但他却告诉他的女儿说：“她别想从他那里得到任何东西。”
However, in North America, personal identities are mostly independent of money, and wealth is calmly enjoyed and protected as privacy. Western parents are reluctant in passing their fortune to their offspring. Sting, one of the world’s most successful pop stars who has risen from an impoverished childhood to amass a vast fortune, said that his children should not expect to benefit from his £180 million earnings. “I expect my three sons and daughters to work… There wouldn’t be too much left for them to inherit.” Steve Jobs, the former Apple CEO, A self-made Millionaire and Billionaire whose net worth reached $10.2 billion had told his daughter that “she won’t get anything from him.”
The flaunting your wealth trend cannot find any place in North American campus. Under North America culture influence, local students embrace the value of self-reliance and are encouraged to earn the fortune on their own. They frown up a luxury lifestyle at a campus and are reluctant to take a big free handout from their parents. Some even take their parents’ contributions and efforts made for their education as a “burden of debt” that they must pay back.
An essay published on NY Times has told the story of a second generation Asian American whose middle-class parents sacrificed their quality of life – including selling their home and moving to a farm to pay for his college tuition. “I am torn by guilt,” he wrote, referring to his parents’ extraordinary measures to support for his academic growth.
The costs that the Asian American parents paid for their children’s education have motivated them to work hard and to achieve high. Asian Americans are the most academically successful races in the country. In 2018, Asian Americans held the highest SAT average in Harvard’s admitted students pool than other races.
Indeed, wealth can bring a disaster and lacking it can be a drive to succeed.
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