“Kong Yiji literature” emerged as a self-deprecating meme among young Chinese netizens who joke that their academic credentials have made them “unemployable,” too overeducated or overqualified for the jobs currently available....
Jan 25, 2013
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...
Jan 17, 2011
A newly appointed member of the Chinese Communist Party discusses a series of lectures and study sessions at a party school.
Aug 16, 2010
The New York Times reports on a new class of disgruntled protesters in China: white collar workers laid off during recent bank reforms: During the past two years, these unlikely agitators — conservatively attired but fiercely...
Jun 23, 2010
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...
Nov 7, 2007
In China, the phrase “white collar” brings to mind a comfortable life and social status, while the country’s rapid development and urbanization process has created many regional, social and economic...
Nov 7, 2007
[UPDATE: Yesterday, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) denied that they published the list of entry level salaries for white collar workers. CASS said they would investigate this list and find who originally fabricated this news. Here is the CASS’s official statement . The news spread very quickly online and raised heated discussion.] Recently, […]
Nov 6, 2007
Recently, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) published the living standards of so-called white collar workers [UPDATE Nov. 7: CASS is denying that they have published this report so it is now unclear where it originated.] From MSN Space translated by CDT: Evaluating the consumer price index, living expenses, transportation costs, degree of modernization and […]
Sep 17, 2007
“Yueguang Zu”/ÊúàÂÖâÊóè(empty monthly wage group) is used to describe the group of young Chinese white-collar workers who spend their total salary on luxury goods or to live expensive and comfortable lives. Here is an example. From Reuters: Waiting for a friend in Shenzhen’s plush Kingglory Plaza, Chen Jing, 25, admired her new Nokia mobile phone. […]
Aug 21, 2007
Xinhua reports that Chinese white collars have the new way to relax from stressful work: Stressed out white-collar workers are scaling skyscrapers, camping out on rooftops, smashing up restaurants, pretending to be children and even visiting cemeteries in a bid to relieve the pressure of modern life. As the country’s economy continues to steam ahead, […]
Feb 10, 2007
From China Daily: At the forefront of those benefiting from China’s rapid economic growth, the white collars are supposed to be happy. In fact, many are downright blue. Their salaries are going up, but they aren’t getting promoted. They are feeling less happy, and their personal lives are deteriorating. …”The so-called ‘white collars’ are nothing […]
Nov 4, 2006
From China Daily: Preserving the right to be a mother or pocketing a decent salary is the dilemma facing China’s white collar pregnant working women. A 33-year-old woman surnamed Luo who was employed by a Hong Kong based company as a marketing director filed a lawsuit against her employers after she was fired because she […]
52% of Chinese office workers write Internet blogs, complaining and privacy top blog themes – Interfax
Feb 20, 2006
From Interfax: Blogging has increasingly become more popular in China, with 52% of white-collar workers now keeping weblogs (blogs) according to CBP Career Consultants Co., Ltd., a leading career consulting firm in China. Unlike western bloggers who often focus on news and politics, the Chinese white collar bloggers see complaining alongside office and personal gossip […]
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- Journal of Contemporary China – Invented Borders: The Tension Between Grassroots Patriotism and State-led Patriotic Campaigns in China
- NYT – A Tiananmen Square Musical Worries About China’s Glare
- Global Voices – In China, questions remain ahead of Huawei’s launch of the Mate 60 phone series
- Rest of World – Heavily persecuted, highly influential: China’s online feminist revolution
- Sky News – Chinese state media appears to censor one of its own videos