Only in the 1980s, at the beginning of reform and opening, due to the proximity of Hong Kong, the term was extended in southern China especially throughout Guangdong Province. It is a humiliating term to describe workers squeezed by the company as cattle after they left to work in order to preserve their full value. It is “to hire someone” and a well-known way to say “paid work. “The tone of the word is neutral and does not express praise or retreat. Thank you for signing up for a free lesson on eChineseLearning! Our academic coordinator will contact you within one working day to arrange a free lesson. The term “worker” is the last word in the Chinese media.