Letzte Aktualisierung: February 4, 2022

Giant babies, rebels or new nationalists

By Johnny Erling
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China's young generation is very self-conscious, optimistic, and patriotic. China's global rise is already a fact to them. However, they have no desire to produce many grandchildren in the interests of population planning. The propaganda already wants to "hammer" into shape. And all of this is also related to the director of the Olympic show.
China's youth call themselves the "post-2000 born" generation (Lingling-Hou – 00后). Once spoiled as only children, they grew up privileged in times of double-digit growth and tourist travel, they were the Internet generation, and at the same time, they were mindlessly grinded through the mills of rigorous school education. While Millennials have been studied abroad for years, China's Generation Z, now coming of age, is still a blank slate. Are they dependent little emperors, savvy high-tech nerds, cosmopolitan globetrotters, rebels – or internationally courted consumer freaks? Has the pandemic led them to be squeezed into Xi Jinping's corset of narrow-minded patriotism and Leninist party doctrines? China is also puzzled by this question.
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