Against the backdrop of the ever-growing Chinese economy, a new movement known as "lying flat" has gained attention from young people all over the nation. It means rejecting social status by working only enough to survive, and thus giving up on home ownership or marriage, which proponents of the lifestyle feel are already unattainable due to class differences. Against condemnation by the government and pressure from aging parents, these youth choose to stand up for themselves by lying flat.
The song "Lying Flat is Justice" received attention from young people
Rising real estate prices have made many young people give up on home ownership
Lin Xiaolin documents his experiences lying flat through social media