Rian Dundon is a photographer living in Hunan Province. The following series of photos, “Between Love and Duty: Youth Culture in Modern China,” was featured at the Angkor Photography Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia in November, 2007. From Flickr:
It has been a quarter of a century since the implication of the One-Child or Planned Birth policy in the People’s Republic of China. An unprecedented social experiment in population control, it is famous throughout the world despite further distancing an already alienated culture from its global neighbors. As worldwide economics have drawn the planet closer during this time, Chinese industry has reinvented itself. From a traditional agrarian and rural lifestyle to a modern, urban one, the youth of China today are unlike any generation previous. Just as a sense of Otherness has always existed in the West towards Chinese culture, today the youth of China are as isolated from their parents’ generation as they are from the American and European cultures with which they have a tenuous relationship.
See more photos at www.riandundon.com.