‘Touching fish’ becomes unusual work philosophy of China’s Gen Z
Young people in China have recently embraced new ‘unofficial’ laziness rules in the workplace to protest against a modern work culture they believe is far too demanding without sufficient rewards.  In a snub to China’s rat race and expectation to work long hours, Generation Z is calling on their comrades to start slacking off, or as they have dubbed it, “touching fish,” or “mo yu.” Among the rules for laziness are doing stretches in the office pantry, using the most toilet paper in the company and filling a thermos full of Chinese tea or whiskey as a desk-side companion, business news outlet Quartz reported. This philosophy of “touching fish” is borrowed from a Chinese proverb which states,
Gaming company institutes pay cuts, despite being profitable
A game development company in China has found itself in a PR crisis after it leveraged the coronavirus pandemic to impose voluntary pay cuts despite having a profitable year. At Duoyi Network, a gaming company based in the southern city of Guangzhou, more than 90% of the staff reportedly took the voluntary pay cuts. The company said the applicants were “mostly happy and satisfied” in a series of statements issued over the weekend.  Controversy ensued when the company also said it implemented pay cuts to “test the staff’s loyalty,” and the company’s chairman, Xu Bo, offered a 30,000 yuan ($4,500) “reward” for anyone to come forward and admit that they did not want to take a pay cut.    “No ma
Huawei faces backlash in China over detention of ex-employee
The lengthy detention of a former Huawei employee has triggered public outrage in China towards the tech giant as well as the country’s justice system.  Li Hongyuan, who worked at Huawei for 12 years, was detained for 251 days from December 2018, after the company apparently accused him of extortion. He was eventually released, he said, because prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to press charges against him.  The case became one of the most discussed topics on Chinese social media over the past week since legal documents about Li began circulating, sparking an online debate about the power of big corporations. Li later confirmed in multiple interviews that the documents were genuine. I