Nineteen years after a brutal crackdown against student protesters at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, China’s youth are more focused on iPods, designer jeans and buying their first car than political reform.
Most of all they are worried about getting well paid jobs and a share of the newfound wealth that many Chinese professionals are enjoying as the economy surges ahead with double-digit growth.
That is easier said than done. Last summer, China had to provide jobs for nearly 5 million college graduates. This summer, 5.6 million more are getting ready to move out of dormitories and into the job market.
For a different perspective on the 1980s generation, read China’s ‘08 Generation Finds a Voice in Tumultuous Times from Reuters.