Is this China’s ‘Great Resignation’? Freelancers find both hope and uncertainty in bid to escape 9-to-5 grind

With China’s working environment becoming increasingly stressful and competitive, Zheng Lizhu’s career ambitions as a designer shifted dramatically earlier this year.“The competition and anxiety in the design industry made my toes curl,” Zheng said. “I worked like a machine every day. By the time I got home I’d already be exhausted, and my mind would be blank, with no time or energy to think or reflect on myself.”Devoting her whole life to the company wasn’t a fair trade-off, the 30-year-old…


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