A Curious Bit from the Economist

I (rather impulsively) picked up a year’s subscription to the Economist on groupon the other week, and came across this little bit in an article about various “tribes” in contemporary China:

“You can belong to more than one tribe. Most members of the ant tribe also belong to the ben ben zu, the rush-rush tribe, to which, in fact, most urban Chinese belong. All that rushing around can create a lot of pent up anger, giving rise to the nie nie zu, the crush-crush tribe, so named because they go into supermarkets and take out their frustration by standing in the aisles crushing packets of instant noodles. (yes, really).”

vol 402, n. 8769, Jan. 28th-Feb. 3rd, 2012, pg. 45.

Lord love modernity.

 

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