Wang says she could achieve more if she tried, but doesn’t care to. AFP / WANG Zhao
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Keep calm and be average: China's unambitious millennialsWhile their country's leader has encouraged citizens to work harder and dream big, some Chinese millennials are declaring their allegiance to the art of being average. Nicknamed "Buddhist Youth," these young people have embraced a laissez-faire approach to life which has more to do with being chilled out than reading sutras. As a viral Chinese social media post outlined this month, behaviors associated with the largely irreligious Buddhist Youth include eating the same food every day, allowing one's romantic partner to make all the decisions and being devoid of strong feelings about virtually everything.Some of these labels have been condemned by authorities, but Buddhist Youth have been greeted – appropriately – with indifference.Such declarations are curious in President Xi Jinping's China, where the president has endeavored to rally young people in particular around the notion of the "Chinese Dream".Chinese millennials' unique take on monkhood grabbed attention online after a popular public account on the WeChat messaging app, called "Ways of the 21st Century," described various types of Buddhist Youths in detail.
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