Chinese millennials discover joys of co-living - FT.com
. . . China has doubled down with its one child policy, now hell is a nation of 1.3 billion people where all the children are only children!
Can't you just feel the narcissism?
"By the age of 30, well-educated Chinese men like Yuan Hongfan are expected to be married, with apartment and child.
But the event planner and emcee is one of a growing number of Chinese urbanites in their 20s and 30s who are unable or unwilling to buy a place and increasingly happy to defy parental and societal pressure to settle down early.
After struggling to find a rental apartment in the booming megacity of Guangzhou where he lives, Mr Yuan recently moved into a new kind of accommodation designed to meet the needs of this new generation of young Chinese. Co-living spaces — which are like a luxury student hall of residence with rent and utilities rolled into a monthly fee — are springing up in China’s biggest cities, mirroring their initial success in Europe and the US.
“It’s really good living here and I feel like I’ve gone back to university because it’s so easy to make friends here compared with where I used to stay,” Mr Yuan says in his 25 sq m room, which costs Rmb3,000 ($464) a month and features a wall-sized photo of himself at a party in his hip-hop get-up."
A wall sized selfie! How, er, um, Presidential! The unbearable self absorption of the Chinese only child. Luckily, China has millions of them, and all searching for ways to become even more self absorbed.
Maddogsfamily has hosted four Chinese students. All were nice, polite, and, frankly, a bit odd, and all were incredibly self absorbed, and narcissistic. How could they not be, they are the little Emperor of their family, they are the focus, the raison d'être of the family.
"Ms Zeng insists that while Chinese urbanites are seeking shelter from the alienation of big city life, they want to determine their destiny more than ever."
The cure for the alienation of the city is to leave. The city was a mistake, the quicker China realizes this, the quicker they can achieve better well being for all Chinese.