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What is the “lying flat” movement in China?

The term “lying flat”, or "Tang Ping" in Chinese refers to doing something with the least amount of effort and spending the least amount of money and has captured numerous headlines this year. Social media sites gave the phrase its initial boost in popularity in 2021.  The shrinking labor market in China is the background of this trend that causes Chinese workers to work longer hours and experienced burnout. The majority who joined the movement felt unappreciated and were under growing pressure to outperform their peers.  A new lifestyle "lying flat" is an antidote to this. Similarly, economists in the US and Europe are referring to a "Great Resignation," in which millions of workers are quitting jobs that they consider pointless or unsatisfying.

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