Ant Tribe

Gaokao Quitters Multiply as ‘Sea Turtles’ Flounder

Amid bleak job prospects for many of China’s fresh college graduates, The Economist reports that even an education abroad is no longer the golden ticket it once was: […] Several studies show that sea turtles on average...

In China, Betting It All on a Child in College

China’s success in massively increasing college attendance has outpaced corresponding shifts in its job market, producing a growing “ant tribe” of un- or underemployed graduates. In the latest part of the New...

Photographing China, from Rich to Poor, East to West

The New York Times highlights two photography projects aiming to capture different aspects of China’s diversity. Following a six-month photographic trip across the United States, Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer...

Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks to Factory Jobs

China now produces eight million new college graduates each year, four times as many as ten years ago. The job market, however, has not adjusted accordingly. While the graduate glut sharpens competition for white collar jobs...

China's Jobless College Graduates

China produces an enormous number of college graduates every year, and after graduation these young people are having a hard time finding their niche in the job market. Many of these under or unemployed recent graduates are...

Photos: The "Rat Tribe" of Beijing

In air raid shelters and tunnels below Beijing, migrant workers, young graduates, and other workers who can’t afford Beijing’s steep housing costs have fashioned homes for themselves in spaces rented out by...

Beijing’s Bomb Shelter Hoteliers Protest Against Closure

The Guardian reports on a recent protest by owners of improvised hostels in air raid shelters in Beijing which provide temporary housing for migrant workers, under-employed college graduates, and others: Thousands of air-raid...

China’s Army of Graduates Is Struggling

The New York Times reports on China’s so-called Ant Tribes, or recent graduates who are struggling to get by: Often the first from their families to finish even high school, ambitious graduates like Ms. Liu are part of an...

China’s Young College Grads Toil in ‘Ant Tribes’

AP reports on the young tech workers who live in slums outside major cities in what have become known as “ant tribes”: The Chinese born after 1980 are among the most privileged generation in China’s long...

China’s High-Tech Underclass

A photo essay in Newsweek by Mark Leong looks at the growing numbers of young, urban, white collar workers in China’s IT industry: The number of college graduates in China is growing far faster than the number of...



Subscribe to CDT


Browsers Unbounded by Lantern

Now, you can combat internet censorship in a new way: by toggling the switch below while browsing China Digital Times, you can provide a secure "bridge" for people who want to freely access information. This open-source project is powered by Lantern, know more about this project.

Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.