What’s a “diaosi”?

29 Oct

Here’s a good article explaining what a “diaosi” is in Chinese society. It seems similar to a geek, though maybe it’s a little more vicious in terms of meaning, or otaku, though perhaps not as obsessed with online gaming. It’s very likely that as China becomes more prosperous, mainly in major cities, standards are rising, though not necessarily for the better, as materialism becomes more and more prevalent and valued. When it comes to marriage for example, young men in cities like Beijing and Shanghai should own a home, a car and have a high salary. Likewise a diaosi can apply to a random guy making a decent salary in a decent job, but who isn’t wealthy, good-looking or have much connections. Disclosure: one of the coauthors is someone I know. But that didn’t cloud my judgement about the article.

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