Youth in China, Japan and South Korea are ‘mendacity flat’ as a result of they’re exhausted and with out hope

Youth in China, Japan and South Korea are 'lying flat' because they're exhausted and without hope

Now 24, Li just wants to take a rest.

Across the country, young people like Li who requested to be referred to by that pseudonym because he fears career and political repercussions for his views are getting tired of the fierce competition for college and jobs, and the relentless rat race once they get hired.

They’re now embracing a new philosophy they’ve called “tang ping,” or “lying flat.”

The phrase apparently traces its origins to a post earlier this year in an online forum run by the Chinese search giant Baidu. The author of that now-deleted post suggested that instead of working one’s entire life chasing after an apartment and traditional family values, people should pursue a simple life.

In other words, just “lie flat.”

Talk of “lying flat” has spread rapidly through China as young people contend with intense competition for the most attractive jobs, especially in tech and other white collar fields. As the country cracks down on private enterprise, meanwhile, the public…