"The Rich in China"
The 1st Short Story Collection from "Sun on Riches: A Comedy Series"
China’s rich is a special product of its economic development. Their vast and mysteries wealth, their incredible mindset and their secrets of getting rich have become a spectacle everywhere in the world.
The rich in China tells of a story about a rich couple—Mr and Mrs Mike. Mike, being a lawyer, was part of the wealthy elite that were intellectually pretentious and snobbish. He married a beautiful woman who was a writer. He didn’t expect her an annoying spy in his life, who had set her mind on penning a novel based on the secrets of the rich.
Mr Mike made every effort to instigate his wife to believe in the views and lifestyle of the rich in China. He wanted Mrs Mike to be a Tai-tai who could earn him the respect of many by joining the league of the privileged and wealthy ladies. Mrs Mike, however, was a missionary herself. She wanted Mr Mike to appreciate the true happiness in life and live an ordinary and simple life with her.
The husband and wife having very different views of life embodies the relationships between material and spiritual, fashion and humanity, where the two frienemies couldn’t leave each other to live alone but also couldn’t stop fighting against each other all along.
Every chapter of the book tells a story of the same rich couple that is independent while logically coherent as part of the whole. Reading the book makes you feel like watching a live show on the stage, with each act featuring one aspect of the contemporary life in Shanghai today. Through the lives of the couple, you see a vivid portrait of the new rich in China. The conflicts between the husband and wife reflect the opposed views between the rich and the poor. Each of the stories conveys those hidden or unspoken rules behind China’s economic phenomenon and its development in the past decades, which makes the book a fable of the modern-day China.