Dwelling Narrowness,' a hit TV series about the struggles of two sisters to make it in the dynamic metropolis of Shanghai,focuses on a decidedly less glamorous aspect of in the big city: rising property prices, and they havoc this wreaks on youthful ambitions.
Over the past month, the TV drama has drawn a great deal of attention from young Chinese who discuss the program online. Many argue that Shanghai's rising property prices are at the root of the tragic events in the storyline, and the term 'house slaves' has become a popular slang term to describe people like Haiping.
In a recent (unscientific) survey by Chinese Web portal Sina.com, more than 60% of 15,000 voters agreed with the statement that 'the drama reflects the public's sentiment on house slaves.'. Another poll by Tencent drew more than 360,000 votes, with most agreeing with the statement that 'happiness is closely related to owning a home.'