China’s ‘996’ Overwork Culture Fueled Its Tech Engine. Why Workers Are Finally Burning Out

China's tech sector, already shivering through a capital winter, could be entering a new winter of discontent, as tech developers protest long working hours.

Last month on GitHub, the Microsoft-owned forum where tech developers share software codes, a post from an anonymous Chinese user garnered attention beyond the site's typical userbase. Called 996.ICU, the post was a protest against the extreme working hours developers in China's tech sector endure--slogging away from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 6...

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