Web Opens World for Young Chinese, but Erodes Respect – Peter Ford

An article in the Christian Science Monitor credits the Internet for fostering an independent spirit among high school students in China:

P1B-2Excited and emboldened by the wealth of information they find on the Internet, Chinese teens are breaking centuries of tradition to challenge their teachers and express their own opinions in class.

Wearing jerseys emblazoned with the names of European soccer stars, downloading weekly episodes of “Prison Break,” listening to 50 Cent, and reading Japanese comic books, China’s current high school generation is plugging itself directly into international culture.

And it’s giving the kids ideas. Ideas that could one day transform the way this country is governed. [Full text]

(Photo: Tony Hu, a Beijing high school student, via the Christian Science Monitor)

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