90s generation

A couple use their mobile phones while sharing a bench at a park in Beijing on 21 April 2021. (Wang Zhao/AFP)

A burning issue among Chinese youths: How to escape the rat race?

The terms “involution” (内卷) and “lying flat” (躺平) are trending these days among young people in China who are speaking out against the intense competition and pressures they face. But how many are actually doing something about it? Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan digs deeper into the social phenomenon.
Jiangshan Jiao (right) and Hongqi Man, the short-lived virtual idols of the Chinese Communist Youth League. (Internet)

The short life of patriotic idol Jiangshan Jiao

In sensitive Covid-19 times, any hint of propaganda elicits a potentially virulent backlash, Chinese authorities learn.
The 90s generation is charting their own path, including through social media. (iStock)

How the 90s generation rules Chinese social media

The gutsy, confident 90s generation are carving out a niche for themselves in a new economy where the ability to engage an online audience and grow a fan base is highly prized.