Letzte Aktualisierung: February 4, 2022
Giant babies, rebels or new nationalists
By Johnny Erling
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.