Young & Restless in China

Posted on: November 23, 2008

China, which had been going through its slump period for a long time, has started to make movements of change. They are rapidly absorbing new ideas from the world and creating their own unique culture to become one of the powerful countries. In this period of change, many young Chinese are working to find a way to lead their country in the mixture of old and new ideas. Sometimes this trend of changes in China work against the young generation but other times they work out nicely to help out young Chinese to achieve their goals. From the video “Young and Restless In China” I watched the life stories of several young Chinese. Their stories of conflicts that happen in ‘growing’ China were interesting to watch. Now I’m about to answer three questions related to this video.

1. Why do you think Miranda Hong describes her generation of Chinese as “confused”?
A. China is going through transitional period from old traditional Chinese culture to modern and global culture. The new generation that is leading China today has to compensate the traditional and the new ideals of Chinese. The old idea of Maoism emphasized the communist society as a whole but the new ideas pursue wealth and good life. The new and old ideas are clashing with each other so the people of leading generation have to make hard decisions in their course of life. The sudden and rapid changes are making Miranda’s generation confused.
2. Why do you think the Chinese government has nicknamed the young people coming home from abroad “returning turtles?”
A. Young Chinese are ‘returning’ to their home country in large numbers, like a school of animals. The government probably named them ‘turtles’ because they cross the pacific ocean to come to their homeland. People from young generation would have received higher education and had job experiences in advanced countries like America. Because they have open mind and new ideas, these young Chinese have ambitions to improve China to compete with other advanced countries while also earning a lot of money. They would use their knowledge about technology, architecture, business management, etc. to turn China into one of the strongest country in the world. This is probably one of the main reasons why these young people return to China. Another important reason would be to live near their families. Traditional Chinese ideas value family love and expect the sons and daughters to look after their parents once they get old. We could see from the videos that sometime young people give up pursuing their goals to take care of their parents.
3. In what ways do you think Ben Wu, the entrepreneur launching the Internet café, is representative of the “new” China?
A. The “new” China consists of highly advanced technology and mixture of foreign cultures. Ben Wu, who is one of the “returning turtles” brought in the idea of internet café which put together the technology and foreign culture. The internet café is mostly targeting the young generation, which also makes it representative of the “new” China. More people are interacting with new people, both from China and foreign countries, and more people are pursuing their own interests through internet. Ben Wu tried to create a space for young Chinese to explore new culture that is becoming popular in China, to provide quality technology of network and finally to make profit. All of these aspects of his new business match with the “new” China concept.

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