Beijing police on Thursday put the son of a Chinese Army general and respected tenor in detention for one year, after the 15-year-old's violent acts last week stirred up public outrage.
General Li Shuangjiang's son, whose full name was not revealed due to his young age, was found to have physically assaulted a couple and damaged their car in a dispute near a Beijing residential area last Tuesday night, police said. Li's son admitted what he had done during police interrogation.
Police said Li had been sent to a government correctional facility for a one-year confinement. Su Nan, Li's accomplice who was an adult, would be arrested, police added.
The violence has kicked up fresh public disdain for China's "fuerdai," or "rich second generation." Li's son and Su drove a customized BMW and an Audi on the night of the attack and allegedly warned a crowd of onlookers not to report what they had seen to police.
China's remarkable economic success over the past three decades has spawned a number of rich and powerful businessmen, officials and celebrities. The children of these wealthy families are known as China's "rich second generation," a title which earned them notoriety and scorn.
News stories in which the children of China's rich and powerful openly flout the law have whipped up public debate over the country's yawning wealth gap.
Last year, a drunk 23-year-old hit-and-run driver gained nationwide notoriety by reportedly shouting "sue me if you dare, my father is Li Gang." The Li Gang in question is a district police chief in central China's Hebei Province.
His song Li Qiming was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison for the accident, which left one woman dead and another injured.
—— Excerpt from Son of general gets one-year confinement for assault
“拼爹游戏”并非一种游戏。“拼爹”，即“比拼老爹”，该词和大众广泛议论的“富二代”、“贫二代”等词紧密相连，是指在贫富差距越来越明显的社会中，这些“第二代”们的贫富意识也越来越明显，造成了青少年之间比拼各自父母的现象，如父母的经济能力、社会地位等等。许多年轻人认为自己学得好，有能力，还不如有一个“成功”的父亲。因此，“拼爹”实际上拼的是家庭背景，我们可以用英文表达为competition of family background。
Someone said: "Life is a game. Following rules is the only way you can survive." Young people from poor families complain that they are currently being judged on their family backgrounds rather than their abilities and knowledge when they are out seeking for jobs, or finding a potential partner. This is probably another one of society's rules and it's called "competition of family background."
With a good family background, namely parents of high social status, wealth or power, the children, known as the "second rich generation," are able to get decent jobs and social status ahead of those from poorer families. Children from poor families think traits like hard-work, creativity and sound academic achievements can never beat having a "good father".