April 18, 2023

South China Post article "Chinese are ‘lying flat’, Americans are on gap years as pessimistic youth take a hard look at traditional jobs"

Journalists Ralph Jennings and He Huifeng recently posted this interesting article for the South China Post (April 13, 2023) comparing the response of youth in China and the US.

  • A growing number of younger people in China are resenting the idea of struggling against economic problems, instead opting to join the so-called lying flat movement
  • Millions are also leaning more towards the life side of a work-life balance in the US, with gap years a popular alternative to jumping straight into work after graduating

Holly Bull, gap year counselor at the Center for Interim Programs, is quoted regarding the impetus for American youth to take gap time and what they are pursuing during this break from the lock-step of academia.

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