Voices from China: The ‘Post 1980s Generation’

James Fallows shares some thoughts from the ‘post-80s’ generation in . The following comes by way of Shi Hongshen:

My point is that the current dilemma of the post 1980’s also includes the fact that we not only have to work hard to afford all the we carry, but also have to build our own spiritual world, after we have come to realize how barren it has been, from scratch, which has brought both elation and disillusion.

That is my impression of my generation’s temperament in general. I certainly do not want to sound like looking for excuses for the dilemma I tried to describe. Instead, I firmly believe that understanding the in China, among many other things, offers one important angle of understanding the modern China.

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