Dép lông và quần thể thao: Giới trẻ Trung Quốc đón nhận 'trang phục thô thiển' tại nơi làm việc

phong trào truyền thông xã hội là dấu hiệu mới nhất cho thấy một số thanh niên Trung Quốc chống lại sự ép buộc phải phấn đấu

When the weather turned cold in December, Cindy Luo started to wear her fluffy pajamas over a hooded sweatshirt at the office. Wearing cozy sleepwear (đồ ngủ ấm cúng) to work became a habit and soon she didn’t even bother to wear matching tops and bottoms, selecting whatever was most comfortable.

Defying expectations for proper work attire reflects a growing aversion among China’s youth to a life of ambition and striving that marked the past few decades. As the country’s growth slows and promising opportunities recede, many young people are choosing instead to “lie flat,” a countercultural approach to seeking an easy and uncomplicated life (cuộc sống đơn giản). And now even those with steady jobs are staging a quiet protest.

The intentionally lackluster outfits became a social media movement when a user named “Kendou S-” posted a video last month on Douyin, the Chinese sibling service of TikTok. She showed off her work outfit: a fluffy brown sweater dress over plaid pajama pants (quần ngủ kẻ sọc) with a pink, light-quilted jacket and furry slippers.

People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s main newspaper, criticized young people for “lying flat” in a 2022 editorial, urging them to keep working hard. Since then, it has echoed the advice of Xi Jinping, China’s leader, who urged young people to “eat bitterness,” a colloquial expression that means to endure hardships.

After going through years of unpredictable lockdowns (sự phong tỏa không lường trước), quarantines (cách ly) and the fears of getting sick during the pandemic, Ms. Chen said all she wanted now was to live in the moment with a stable job (công việc ổn định) and a peaceful life. She is not worried about promotions or getting ahead.

source: nytimes,

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