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An interesting piece from theworldofchinese.com |
The dispossessed working class are cruelly frowned upon the world over. In the UK they are maligned as “chavs”, in China they form the ”diaosi”. Diaosi (屌丝) is a term that has long been popular amongst Chinese netizens. The loose translation of the word is “loser” or something similar. Though, it is not necessarily quite as negative as it sounds in English–for some it is even a lifestyle choice (though one which most are not really happy with). Some have even requisitioned the word, almost, as a badge of honor.
Diaosi defines those who haven’t succeeded in life, and they are often signified as those who reject the material world, probably because they don’t have much access to it. Diaosi may seem like a strange and vague term to understand for outsiders, but everything is labeled in China and the diaosi can be systematically quantified nad understood, an exercise attempted by a Beijing University recently.
Using a questionnaire and a huge sample of 210,000 people, the Beijing University Marketing Department created a profile for you to understand the lives of the so-called diaosi, reports QQ News.
One of the things that define diaosi is their salary. On average, a diaosi makes a salary of 2,917 RMB per month, far below the Beijing resident average of 5,793 RMB. They have under 100,000 RMB in savings, and with such small earnings it is clear they do not own a home of their own, and sixty percent say they aren’t able to get overtime pay.
Half of all diaosi spend less than 500 RMB per month on rent. They usually pay 39 RMB per day for three meals, while 7.8 percent pay 10 RMB for all three meals. Half of them spend less than 500 RMB a month on vacations, and most spend all their time at home, reports The Nanfang.
While 70 percent of diaosi live far away from their hometowns, they give their family an allowance of 1,076 RMB a month on average. With half of them single, the diaosi are usually between 21 and 30 and don’t have higher education.