China's Millennials: The Want Generation

China s Millennials The Want Generation In students marched on Tiananmen Square demanding democratic reform The Communist Party responded with a massacre but it was jolted into restructuring the economy and overhauling the education

  • Title: China's Millennials: The Want Generation
  • Author: Eric Fish
  • ISBN: 9781442248830
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1989, students marched on Tiananmen Square demanding democratic reform The Communist Party responded with a massacre, but it was jolted into restructuring the economy and overhauling the education of its young citizens A generation later, Chinese youth are a world apart from those who converged at Tiananmen Brought up with lofty expectations, they ve been accustomedIn 1989, students marched on Tiananmen Square demanding democratic reform The Communist Party responded with a massacre, but it was jolted into restructuring the economy and overhauling the education of its young citizens A generation later, Chinese youth are a world apart from those who converged at Tiananmen Brought up with lofty expectations, they ve been accustomed to unprecedented opportunities on the back of China s economic boom But today, China s growth is slowing and its demographics rapidly shifting, with the boom years giving way to a painful hangover Immersed in this transition, Eric Fish, a millennial himself, profiles youth from around the country and how they are navigating the education system, the workplace, divisive social issues, and a resurgence in activism Based on interviews with scholars, journalists, and hundreds of young Chinese, his engrossing book challenges the idea that today s youth have been pacified by material comforts and nationalism Following rural Henan students struggling to get into college, a computer prodigy who sparked a nationwide patriotic uproar, and young social activists grappling with authorities, Fish deftly captures youthful struggle, disillusionment, and rebellion in a system that is scrambling to keep them in line and, increasingly, scrambling to adapt when its youth refuse to conform.

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    1. I came from pre-89 Tiananmen Square time. a native Chinese living in Sweden, for the past few years i have been trying to understand how people from all over the world think about China regardless good or bad, but just the truth. In mid 2015 i started listening Sinica podcast where they discussed about current affairs in China on the weekly basis. This is how i was introduced to Mr Fish's book.This really is a great book, every chapter that i read i feel so close to it, because i have been throu [...]

    2. Smoothly written, this book is a pleasure to read. Although it specifically focuses on a particular generation of youth in China, it also serves to more broadly introduce the reader to several different aspects of Chinese society.I have been studying China for several years, and I learned a lot of new things from reading this book. That is a hard benchmark to beat, because so many 'China books' contain the same information. Nonetheless, if you have never read a single thing about China in your l [...]

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