Sunday, January 18, 2015

How A Video About Rich Chinese Kids Living In The San Gabriel Valley Went Viral And Got Over 100 Million Views

It takes a lot of cheap labor to fund Arcadia McMansions
Back in December we ran a couple of stories about a rather heroic little independent news video company called Vocativ. The first one was called "Sin City: Did You Know That In China Arcadia Is Known As 'The Mistress City of California?'" (link). The revelation that came from this Vocativ video is that many of those not exactly attractive McMansions being built by Chinese multi-millionaires in Arcadia aren't really intended for family life. And that over in China our neighboring city is known as the "Mistress City of California" because that is who these rich middle-aged dudes are stashing in those bumper buildings. Mistresses. Something that has turned dowdy old Peacock Town into the city a billion or so Chinese now believe is the epitome of the exotic and sinful life available to the rich in America.

So much for Chairman Mao's workers' paradise.
The other Sierra Madre Tattler post on a Vocativ video was called "A Video The Chinese Government Would Prefer That You Not See (link)." For that one we discussed their piece on how the spoiled rotten spawn of Chinese multi-millionaires living surreptitiously in such San Gabriel Valley enclaves as Arcadia are spending vast amounts of money on "super cars." Super cars being mostly quarter million dollar jalopies manufactured by Italian luxury car companies such as Maserati and Lamborghini.

Now we here at The Tattler were very pleased with our "Mistress City" post because it got us a lot of interest locally. Besides, who doesn't want to read about how the McMansion boom in Arcadia is being fueled by the needs of lascivious billionaire playboys from China looking for a place in America to stash their nubile girlfriends? It certainly pokes a few interesting holes in all of the nonsense organizations such as the Arcadia Realtors have been feeding everyone about the 6,000 square foot monstrosities that have erupted all over that town.

Rejoice, the SGV is now world famous.
However, in China viewers were all about the San Gabriel Valley rich kids and their expensive cars story. Vocativ, which is headquartered over in Santa Monica, suddenly found itself with one of the hottest news videos in the world, with the majority of those 100 million views coming from China itself. Apparently the hard working and exponentially underpaid working class there could not believe that people from their country are living such outrageous lives in America. The video went viral and became a true phenomenon.

Vocativ is celebrating this incredible success with a new video called "How Super-Rich Teens Made Our Reporter A Hong Kong Celeb." It is pretty good stuff. You can view it by clicking here.

Here is how they describe this one:

Vocativ released a video in November about young, super wealthy Chinese students in California and their extraordinarily expensive cars. The video received tens of millions of views all over the world, most of all within China. Vocativ’s reporter Kristie Hang found herself getting stopped on the streets of Hong Kong by strangers who wanted to talk to her about the video—but most of them weren’t interested in the cars.

Think about it. 100 million people in Asia now see our rather humble corner of the planet as an international playpen for wretched excess and decadence. The place where those who made their vast fortunes off the backs of hundreds of millions of hard working folks living on just $2 a day can go to in America and live like perfectly grotesque self-reverential idiots. People with way too much illegally smuggled cash and nowhere near the needed social consciousness to do anything useful with it. Conspicuous consumption on steroids as it were.

What a world. It's hard to believe this is all going on just down the hill.

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55 comments:

  1. Its rather embarrasing but we've allowed it to happen and its only going to accelerate. The federal government recently made it even more attractive for people from China to come to America by improving the visa program. Once again, its all about the money.

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    2. That is what happens when a great country becomes a debtor state. All that money we borrow comes at a price, both here and in China. All of this is done on the backs of half a billion people who are paid barely enough to stay alive.

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    3. That's capitalism for ya, comrade.

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    4. Karl Marx must be rattling his bones.

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    5. I'd say Mao Tse Tung is rattling his bones too except they stuffed him like a havalina and stuck his mummified carcass in a glass museum case.

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  2. If the Tatler is not careful, it may start a revolution over in China. At some point the 500 miilion Chinese who make less than $2 per day day are going to read the Tattler and wake up and say, "This isn't fair". Because the elite and communist class in China realize the ponzi scheme will collapse someday, they are taking their ill-gotten gains out of China as fast as they can and parking it here in America. The irony of all this is that communism is supposed to be all about equality and yet they are more unequal than any capitalist society could ever be. What a farce.

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    1. I certainly can't take much credit, but this amazing little video news outfit Vocativ can. Apparently the goings on down the hill from us were a secret in China, too. They certainly blew the lid off of that one.

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  3. So that is how you become "super rich" in China. You pay people slave wages in a country where unions are outlawed and they execute prople like they are flies, then sell these blood products at about a 100% markup in the US. Yeah, they're geniuses alright.

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  4. Jealousy is so ugly, don't be angry in your 2,000 sq. ft. home, just get in your Prius and go to work.

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    1. Why would anyone be jealous of the bad works of the modern equivalent of Nazi Germany?

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    2. I guess there are 500 million slave laborers in China that are jealous, too.

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    3. Contrary to what you apparently believe 7:26, not everyone longs to be a dirt bag.

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    4. Apparently on $2 a day you can afford a smart phone in China. They may have better data plans, and $2 may go a lot further over there.

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    5. Once again the Internet brings people the truth.

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    6. 43% of Chinese mainland population have smart phones.
      http://www.statista.com/statistics/257045/smartphone-user-penetration-in-china/
      That leaves about 570 million people out in the cold.

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    7. Good catch. I would assume that the majority $2 dollar a day population falls within the 57% that do not have smart phones.

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    8. I am going to guess that 7:26 isn't big on social consciousness.

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    9. Haha 7:26 nailed it - they don't want anyone being too rich or too poor in the 'Dre.

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    10. 7:26 is the poster who's obsessed with jealousy, and sees it everywhere. Poor guy.

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    11. Actually 7:26 showed something quite different. A nasty contempt for people who work for a living and a reverence for clearly stolen privilege. A pretty disgusting individual if you ask me.

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    12. Stolen privilege? What does that mean?

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    13. Sorry. Not going to hold your hand here.

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  5. Tuesday's City Council meeting is being rerun right now. I watched last night - can't get enough of it. If you haven't sent an email thanking the Council, please do so today, also to Leticia, who put such a professional report together.

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  6. Just think: 1 Carter, land of Sierra Madre's founding father, land of early Indian settlement because of abundant water, acorns, venison, now a dumping ground for one dead body/one wounded and left for dead, and a stash for concubines. Some cycle of darkness we have found ourselves in.

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    1. We need to make sure that the Hillside Management Zone is not turned into the Hillside Mistress Zone.

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    2. It's still a great place for the kids to go and smoke pot.

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    3. That is one way of getting in touch with the spirit world.

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    4. With the Carter estate ruined, the Monastery soon to be gone, cameras in Bailey canyon where will kids get high? 18 year olds can get medical MJ legally I guess stay home and medicate. DULL...........

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    5. Behind the police station. They'll never look there.

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    6. Monastery is going to be tore down?

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    7. Divine retribution for selling their front yard to Scratch.

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  7. We need good people on the Planning Commission. Two people go off in June, one is Kevin Paschall, who will be sorely missed.

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    1. It's John Hutt comeback time!

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    2. Hutt has already said no. Figure something else out.

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    3. I'm hoping Barry will run for council.

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    4. My ticket for council is Matt Bryant and John Hutt. Put them to work with Denise Delmar and Rachelle Arizmendi and this city will be saved.

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    5. Before you start pushing for people for positions, sound them out. Save yourself some time, and then you can put that great energy you have into something that will work.

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    6. No good candidate ever wants to run. It's always the bad ones that can't wait.

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  8. 7:46 You must drive a Prius ....

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    1. Chevy Volt. Buy American.

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  9. Sorry, I'd still rather live in Arcadia than Detroit.

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    1. What if it was Detroit vs. Beijing?

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    2. Both pretty smoggy.

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  10. A really good applicant got passed over last time, can't remember his name, for Gina. She is great to have back and maybe this guy will apply again. Hope he sees this.

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  11. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-10-15/chinese-home-buying-binge-transforms-california-suburb-arcadia

    What we knew all along but another well written exposé.

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  13. Jealous !
    I've read that same comment over this same issue in The LA Times for whatever reason this shallow,self indulgent,ignorant group doesn't seem to get that our smiles are actually repressed laughter at their nouveau riche bad taste ... It's like what my Grandmother would say about people that lacked class and taste ... "It's all in there mouth" .

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    1. I'm having some trouble deciphering what this person is trying to convey... (note correct use of an ellipse) I suspect that Granny would have said, "It's all in their mouth".

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    2. It's not an ellipse, which is a geometric shape, and the use of an ellipsis at the end of the sentence is incorrect as written. The correct usage is a period followed by an ellipsis (though I've always thought it would be more logical to for the period to follow the ellipsis….) Also your parenthetical should begin with an uppercase letter and end with a period inside the parentheses.

      More importantly, grammar and usage policing, when offered should be correct. Better yet, it should be avoided in polite discourse.

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    3. Thank you Grammar Lady!

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