Subway commuters during rush hour in Beijing on June 2. Ground down by the sapping realities of modern city life, China’s youth are “lying flat”, the latest buzzword for those tapping out of a culture of endless work with little reward. Photo: AFP Subway commuters during rush hour in Beijing on June 2. Ground down by the sapping realities of modern city life, China’s youth are “lying flat”, the latest buzzword for those tapping out of a culture of endless work with little reward. Photo: AFP
Subway commuters during rush hour in Beijing on June 2. Ground down by the sapping realities of modern city life, China’s youth are “lying flat”, the latest buzzword for those tapping out of a culture of endless work with little reward. Photo: AFP

Letters | China’s youth are lying flat: the fear is, so might their futures

  • ‘Lie flat’ youth will lead China towards a more unequal society
  • As young people from the middle classes and below refuse to strive for upward social mobility, which they believe is out of reach anyway, this will over time only widen the income gap

Topic |   China Society
Subway commuters during rush hour in Beijing on June 2. Ground down by the sapping realities of modern city life, China’s youth are “lying flat”, the latest buzzword for those tapping out of a culture of endless work with little reward. Photo: AFP Subway commuters during rush hour in Beijing on June 2. Ground down by the sapping realities of modern city life, China’s youth are “lying flat”, the latest buzzword for those tapping out of a culture of endless work with little reward. Photo: AFP
Subway commuters during rush hour in Beijing on June 2. Ground down by the sapping realities of modern city life, China’s youth are “lying flat”, the latest buzzword for those tapping out of a culture of endless work with little reward. Photo: AFP
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