Podcast: How Chinese Millennials are Changing the World, One Selfie at a Time

Podcast: How Chinese Millennials are Changing the World, One Selfie at a Time

A woman poses for her self-portrait with her mobile phone while another works on a painting in front of a graffiti during the 2013 Beijing 798 Art Festival at the 798 Art Zone in Beijing October 8, 2013. The art zone, originally an unused factory, was tra REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Four hundred million strong, the number of young Chinese exceeds the combined population of the United States and Canada. And as China grows more prominent on the world stage, Chinese youth are emerging as a force with which to be reckoned. Chinese millennials (aged 19-35) are forging their own identity—traveling, spending money, learning, dating, and engaging with family, state, and society in ways that differ significantly from those of their parents and grandparents. In Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World, millennial author Zak Dychtwald draws on years of immersive fieldwork to examine what it means to be Chinese in this modern era. Dychtwald joins Asia Studies Research Associates Maylin Meisenheimer and Viola Rothschild on this week’s Asia Unbound podcast to discuss what makes this generation tick.

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