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Parents of children from the Primary School Attached to Peking University (PSPU) yesterday defended their decision to host their children's New Year party in a five-star hotel, amidst criticism of "flaunting wealth" online.|
Yang Yu, a commentator for China Central Television forwarded a picture of a sign inside the Wenjin Hotel on his microblog last Saturday. The sign gives directions to the primary school New Year party.
Yang said that the picture displayed pindie, a Chinese slang term which means parental status, connections and wealth taking precedent over useful life skills.
He appealed to parents to teach their children "the value of money and frugality."
Flaunting luxury products has become common practice in China. A series of accidents involving irresponsible wealthy youngsters has raised ire with the public.
Web users said that the party was unnecessarily lavish.
"Even though parents can afford fancy places, it's not necessarily the right example to pass on," said Xiao Chuan, a professor of educational research from Beijing Normal University.
However, the parents have protested that the criticisms are unfair. "I doubt every family contributing 200 yuan ($32) is flaunting wealth," a parent surnamed Yan said . Her daughter was in the class
A hotel employee, confirmed that she remembered a party but refused to elaborate. According to the employee, renting the hall for half a day costs 9,000 yuan.
Yan added that the party was held by agreement of the parents committee, in different locations over the last three years.
"We didn't know it was a five-star hotel, we just chose a close location," said Yan.