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Chinese workers are responding to Github protests over China’s grueling “996” work schedule, with many expressing wariness about whether the protest can change China’s long-lasting overtime work culture.

Last month, an anonymous post on Github—a software resource website—urged workers to rally against forced “996” schedules, shorthand for working overtime from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days each week. The post called out companies that enforce a 996 work schedule and urged all developers to license their projects as “Anti 996,” in an effort to limit the software that so-called “anti-labor” companies are allowed to use.

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Shi Jiayi

Shi Jiayi is the Shanghai-based visual reporter helping provide multimedia elements about China’s fast-changing technology and culture. She holds a B.A. in Convergence Journalism from the University...