Xiao Yong, a lawyer, with his wife and son, Bang Bang are members of the rich, high bourgeoisie. They live in a reclusive compound for wealthy families and are neighbours of Gong Li. Xiao Yong works for a prestigious law firm in Houston called Vinson and Elkins. The firm specialises in the purchase of oil for the Chinese government. Every morning the family, including their dog, walk Bang Bang to meet the school bus. The family live like most rich people in Beijing in a residential zone with tight security often provided by agricultural workers looking for work in the big cities. The security guards carry out their duties with military bearing and precision, patrolling the compounds and saluting local families.
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