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2-4 Tiffany and Cisy – Is poverty hereditary, and will it pass down the line?

2011-09-19

2-4 Tiffany and Cisy – Is poverty hereditary, and will it pass down the line?

2011-09-19
Wealthy daughter and mum experience working class education and living conditions.

The main characters of this episode of "Rich Mate, Poor Mate II" are 10 year-old Tiffany and her mother Cisy. In this programme they will experience first-hand the impasse of cross-generation poverty.

Tiffany's father is a senior executive of a foreign bank. She lives a carefree life. As a primary 5 student in an international school, she is busy learning singing, dancing and the piano everyday after school. Every weekend, she has an English tutorial over the internet with a teacher in the United States.

In this programme, Tiffany and her mum Cisy reside with a family of three who live on social assistance, in a single-room flat of less than 100 square feet. Tiffany goes to a working class local school while Cisy, who has never needed to know the price of groceries, will work as a part time dish washer and toilet cleaner to help with the family income.

What is it like to be poor in the eyes 10-year old Tiffany, who's never experienced poverty? For mum Cisy, will she gain an insight into whether poverty is hereditary, to be passed down to the next generation?

Rich Mate Poor Mate

Is it your efforts or fate that decide whether you are rich or poor?

RTHK's program 'Rich Mate, Poor Mate I & II' is a reality show documentary which tries to explore the economic gap between the rich and the poor in Hong Kong. This program put wealthy people in the shoes of the poor, with our film crew closely following them around the clock to see their experience of poverty. They include prominent tycoons, company CEO and offspring of famous magnates to live in cage houses, work low pay and long-hour jobs, sleep on the street in summer and winter, and experience cross-generation poverty.

Is there really a pattern behind who will succeed and who will fail? Is it your efforts or fate or the social policies that decide whether you are rich or poor?
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