Chinese ‘Generation Zen’ millennials choosing smartphones over communist values

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Chinese ‘Generation Zen’ millennials choosing smartphones over communist values

The Telegraph

China’s ruling communist party is concerned that swathes of politically apathetic millennials, branded the ‘Zen-generation’, are sauntering through life in a passive and unpatriotic way – raising doubts about their loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party.

In the past few months the buzzphrase ‘Zen-generation’, based on the Buddhist notion of a relaxed, Zen attitude, has gone viral online. It is used to describe young Chinese who choose easy, often low-paid careers ahead of challenging, higher-paid roles and eschew the often demanding social pressures of Chinese society.

They are generally born after 1990 and are defined by having a blasé attitude to jobs, politics, and pretty much anything else in life.

With the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) currently on a drive to shore up party loyalty, one of its media outlets, Youth.cn, has dubbed this trend a “total tragedy”. As well as a lack of political loyalty, the state-controlled newspaper The Global Times added that there was concern that such attitudes could hold back Chinese society in the long term.

Members of ‘Zen-generation’, according to the newspaper, “are seemingly fine with anything that happens to them. They are not inspired by any patriotic drive or the Party’s political catchphrases. They are simply indifferent.

“In other words, there are few things they care about. Be it missing the bus, getting turned down for a promotion or failing to find a spouse, they simply shrug and move on.”

The Global Times quoted a 23 year-old graduate named Xiaoyue, who identified as a Zen-generation member, as…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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