Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Now this is pretty weird :

[The] balinghou and jiulinghou cohorts typically have unusually strong bonds with their parents, which manifest themselves in unusual -- one might even say fruitful -- ways. On a typically busy workday, Liu Yuan, 29, an administrative assistant at Lenovo who's an avid player of Happy Garden, the FarmVille of Kaixin001, asks her mother to tend her crops. "She'll grow and harvest vegetables for me," says Liu, who thinks nothing of sharing her login and password with her mom. "When I'm at work, she'll send me a text asking what kind of vegetables." She says that many of her friends ask their mothers to do the same. (What makes this simultaneously perverse and loving in an only-in-China way is that, as youths, many of those moms were working on real farms as forced laborers during the Cultural Revolution.)

1 comment:

John Powers said...

I find the snippet you posted endearing. In the article there is an innovation from China I would like to see here: "At the very least advertising shouldn't annoy the customer."