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China's Youth in the Eyes of Foreign Media

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Several young Chinese women pose with their national flag in front of Buckingham Palace in London. [people_rmw at WeChat]


Patriotism remains one of the strongest and most persistent trends among young Chinese adults, according to a recent round of interviews by news agency Reuters.

Interviewers spoke to 10 Chinese adults from the generation born in the 90s, namely those between 17 and 27, and noted that they grew up in an era of national prosperity and relative peace.

In the interviews, one respondent said that, whilst abroad, they could clearly feel other countries' respect for China.

Meanwhile, others noted that as they have witnessed the country's rapid development, a sense of belonging had welled up in their hearts; some mentioned that their "Chinese Dream" was to contribute to the motherland's prosperity.

Cultural Confidence

Growing up with the Internet, they are active online. According to a 2016 analysis of Internet-related public opinion released by news website, the so-called "post-90s" generation are full of cultural confidence.

As they have been enjoying the benefits of the reform and opening-up policy, they display a recognition for a national mode and development path; take pride in the country's achievement; are willing to spread positive energy online; connect national honor with themselves; and, like to express their patriotic feelings in public, according to the report.

Reuters writers further indicated that a large number of young patriots follow the official account of the Communist Youth League on the popular Chinese micro-blogging service Weibo. These groups care strongly about hot topics concerning the national interest and show strong self-motivation and organizational ability.

In another survey by consultancy firm Dataway, 93 percent of those born in the 90s were found to be proud of being a Chinese; 81 percent prefer to live in China rather than other countries; 85 percent think their living standards have stayed at or surpassed the world's average level; and, 79 percent agree that China is a powerful country.

In a recent analysis, Japan-based website said that young Chinese's passion for their motherland is to a large degree attributed to the success of patriotism education.

More Overseas Returnees

In addition, young Chinese people's patriotism also reflects in the influx of overseas returnees. French website reported that China is witnessing the third tide of overseas returnees and some consider the situation of post-90s returnees as a watershed.

Data from China's Ministry of Education show that over 80 percent of overseas graduates chose to return home in 2016.

An overseas Chinese postgraduate from George Washington University said in an interview with Reuters that, although she had a work visa in the States, she prefers to work back at home. "Many Chinese industries such as mobile payment systems, shared bike schemes and artificial intelligence research have boomed. One day, China may surpass the U.S. in technologies and markets," she predicted.

On the American question-and-answer website Quora, one person posted the topic, "What will be the future of the generation born in the 90s in China?"

A foreign netizen answered: "Personally, I'm staying positive about it. The Chinese people I've come across who were born in the 90s have all struck me as being highly intelligent and open to new ideas while still embracing traditional Chinese way of thinking."


A screenshot of Reuters' report about young Chinese [people_rmw at WeChat]

Chen Xiaoting, an overseas returnee born in the 90s, runs a dance center in her hometown. [people_rmw at WeChat]


(Source: people_rmw at WeChat/Translated and edited by Women of China)

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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