“Lying flat” represents the mindset of lying down instead of being a productive member of society. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
“Lying flat” represents the mindset of lying down instead of being a productive member of society. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

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What is ‘lying flat’, and why are Chinese officials standing up to it?

  • China’s Gen Z and its youngest millennials are finding solace in lying flat amid a collective swell in antipathy toward working themselves to the bone
  • Lying flat, or tang ping in Chinese, means doing the bare minimum to get by, and the ethos poses a threat to President Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese dream’

Topic |   China society
“Lying flat” represents the mindset of lying down instead of being a productive member of society. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
“Lying flat” represents the mindset of lying down instead of being a productive member of society. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
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