Pinduoduo death and China’s ‘996’ overwork culture show how vulnerable tech workers have become

Jan 17, 2021 | INVESTING

The Chinese pride themselves on being hardworking, but the “996” culture of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week, is simply inhuman. Sadly, such a practice is all too common in many Chinese technology companies.

The latest victim of this regime is a 22-year-old woman surnamed Zhang, who worked at the Xinjiang branch of Chinese e-commerce giant Pinduoduo. At around 1.30am on December 29, she collapsed on a frozen street while walking home from the office with her colleagues. She died in…

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