[Marxism] The materialist conception of happiness
charles1848 at sbcglobal.net
Sun Nov 2 09:30:49 MST 2014
Not so fast with the "Chinese are happy" mantra:
Astounding Percentage of Young Workers in China Admitting to Be 'Diaosi'
NetEase, www.163.com, October 31, 2014
The term diaosi originated as an insult for a poor, unattractive young
person who stays at home all day playing video games, with dim prospects
for the future — in other words, a loser. And yet it is a term that,
ever since going viral on the Internet, Chinese youth from all
backgrounds have embraced. It has become a self-deprecating counter to
the gaofushuai ("tall-rich-handsome") — those with status, success, and
a bright future.
The term is understood by linguists as a degrading one, used by the
large Chinese youth population as their own way of expressing their
resentment toward the outside world. Nevertheless, the number of people
who refer to themselves as diaosi has continued to grow, and it is
slowly transforming into a descriptor of the common Chinese citizen who
faces everyday struggles and hardships, as shown by a new report
released on October 29, 2014, by a research group from China's
prestigious Peking University together with a Chinese website.
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