Ant Tribes

Ant tribes in the Chinese suburbs

They are like ants: clever, weak and living in groups

A new term (for me, at least) describing a sub-cohort of China’s massive migrant worker population.  From my understanding of the article, name is applied to the 22-29 year old, largely rural floating population in China’s major cities.  Rather than forming the minions of construction and labour workers, the ant tribe are recent university/college graduates a product of the China’s massive increase in post-secondary enrollments earlier in the decade.

Extremely poor salaries combined with the extremely high cost of living have forced many belonging to this social cohort to the outskirts of the cities into China’s latest migrant urban spaces.    

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