Sunday 27 November 2022

[Post 194] China’s Bai Lan Vs Pro-996 Youth - Why Should I Work Hard?


In China, the ‘bailan’ movement - similar to quiet quitting - is about giving up on trying to get anywhere, and the motto of ‘let it rot’. It runs counter to the 996 work culture that’s a reference to the practise of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week.

Zhang Yingqiu, 32, is an insurance agent who, though she stops short of working 996, agrees with its ethos of hard work being fulfilling. Wang Shuai, 26, is an escape room actor who does just enough at work to get by and believes in “lying flat”.

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