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    Struggle, disillusionment and rebellion among Chinese youth

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    Date(s) - 08/09/2015
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


    Beijing American Center


    Suite 2801, Jing Guang Center, Hu Jia Lou, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
    北京市朝阳区呼家楼京广中心, 2801室


    010 6597-3242



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    After the political upheaval of 1989, China’s Communist Party struck a tacit bargain with the youth demographic that had sparked the protest movement: We’ll give you more personal freedom and let you get rich, so long as you stay out of politics. For the following two decades, torrid economic growth and a nationalistic education ensured that that bargain held firm. But today, a new generation of individualistic youth born during the boom years is colliding with a slowing economy and a host of unprecedented social and economic challenges. Under these circumstances, can the grand bargain still hold? Eric Fish, drawing on his new book China’s Millennials: The Want Generation, will discuss the emerging issues and trends among Chinese youth that are posing an ever-greater challenge to China’s leaders.

    DATE: Sept 8 (Tuesday)
    TIME: 2-3:30pm
    VENUE: Beijing American Center, Suite 2801, Jingguang Center, Hujia Lou, Chaoyang District
    ENTRANCE: free, only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/08092015/ by Sept 7, 3pm. If you are planning to bring a recording device, please say so in your reservation note. Unannounced recording devices will not be allowed in.

    Eric Fish
     lived in China from 2007 to 2014 as a teacher, student, and journalist. He worked for the Economic Observer in Beijing and wrote on Chinese politics, social issues, and education for outlets including Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Diplomat, and The Telegraph. For his book, China’s Millennials: The Want Generation, he spoke with hundreds of diverse Chinese youth born in the 1980s and 1990s to explore how people of this generation are navigating the socioeconomic and political shifts unfolding in their country. He currently writes for Asia Society in New York.


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