Diego Gullotta teaches Cultural Studies at the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at East China Normal University. He is the co-author of the book Città senza limiti: Studi culturali sull’urbanizzazione cinese [City without Limits: Cultural Studies on Chinese Urbanisation] (Cafoscarina, 2016).

Disarticulating Qingnian

Chinese Youth beyond ‘Rising Tides’ and ‘Lying Flat’

This essay explores youth in today’s China by analysing Bilibili’s widely viewed Rising Tides video and the recent ‘lying flat’ campaign. To put these two phenomena in context, the essay examines a group of young students who are able to move beyond the confines of the position designated them by the state and the market through knowledge accumulation, cooperation, and network-building, but unable to become an autonomous social force.

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