This is an observation on Chinese attitudes towards their working standards.
I'm a Canadian now on an extended vacation in China.
I said to my Chinese friend something to the effect of "factory hours are too long here". She routinely works jobs (non-factory) that require 6-7days a week 12-14 hours a day.
"Why do you want us to be lazy like Canadians".
The sentiments are the same with others I talk to. So I've learned to shut up and not tell them how they should live. But I do say to most of them that if they want to move to North America so much, they should consider why it is so great. "You won't be working 72 hours a week for one reason".
But then I drop the subject with that person (forever) and I go on buying things and being served by people who, by our standards, really deserve better. And you can't tip them either, no matter how much that 1 hour $5 massage felt.
Who are we to tell them how to live? If they work on the family farm everyday for 12 hours, why not leave the farm to work in a factory just as much?
Well, I don't like it. But I now keep my opinions to myself here.
I think change here, has to come from change in policies from the West. That is the point of this whole note.