Monday 29 August 2022

[Post 161] China’s Slacker Youths: Why They Went From 'Lying Flat' To 'Let It Rot' | Insight


“Tang Ping” or Lying Flat, was a 2021 movement that rejected the work culture in China. Now, it has morphed into the more extreme “Bai Lan” or Let It Rot. What behind this new phenomenon?

Insight speaks to some Chinese youths who identify themselves as “Bai Lan”. They are opting out of climbing the economic ladder, choosing to put in the bare minimum at work and coasting along. What are the reasons for their despondency?

And will this youth movement affect China’s economic recovery, even as it faces headwinds from COVID lockdowns and a property debt crisis?


  1. China's three mountains is basically the same as the problems faced by Singapore's sandwich generation.