fenqing

Word of the Week: Shit Youth

Editor’s Note: The Word of the Week comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a...

Contemporary Chinese Youth and the State

In the new edition of the Journal of Asian Studies, Stanley Rosen writes about Chinese youth culture and politics: Reflecting the increasing pluralization of Chinese society after thirty years of reform, Chinese youth in 2009...

China Marks 90th Anniversary of ‘May Fourth Movement’

Danwei looks at domestic magazine coverage of the 90th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement: “Youth” is the day’s keyword. May 4 was designated National Youth Day in 1949 to commemorate the students in the...

It’s Just History: Patriotic Education in the PRC

On China Beat, Julia Lovell looks at various explanations for the rampant nationalism in China over the past 20 years and argues that in fact the education system is to blame: Various explanations have been put forward for the...

How to be a Fenqing (愤青)?

From Froogville blog: 愤青 fen qing * – “angry youth” – is the term given to Chinese Netizens of a self-righteous and aggressively nationalist tendency. They are mostly young males with nothing better to do...

China’s Nationalism, and How Not to Deal with It

An interesting analytical commentary on China’s latest wave of (ultra-)nationalism, and how the West lessons from dealing with Germany’s in 1930s. Translated by CDT from Southern Breeze magazine, via sina.com: [The...

China’s Angry Youth Vent Their Feelings

From the Financial Times: Images of angry Chinese students beating up Korean protesters in Seoul and attacking Carrefour supermarkets at home may well have been the last thing Bo Yang, the controversial author of The Ugly...

Hero to Traitor: The Difference a Day Makes

After excoriating a respected news editor for advocating greater freedom of speech and venting their anger on a Chinese student at Duke University for trying to promote dialogue between pro-China and pro-Tibet protestors,...

Lhasa Riot Rage Rendered in Hip-Hop

Chinese anger over the Tibet riots and Western media’s coverage of them has now been immortalized in a rap song. Entitled “Dragon’s Roar” (龙哮), the song and an accompanying video have been circulating...

The Boxer Shorts Rebellion

The New Republic has a lengthy article about the rise of nationalistic sentiment online. It starts with a description of last year’s Chinabounder scandal, then goes on to discuss the new generation of fenqing, or...

Hear China’s `angry youth’ – Evan Osnos

From The Chicago Tribune (link): An increasingly influential slice of society, activists called fenqing are uprooting stereotypes about liberal youth. From a tidy apartment crammed with canvases, paintbrushes and his all-important computer, Wang Lei is a foot soldier in the fight for China’s glory. Online, this soft-spoken art instructor becomes a hard-line patriot. He savages […]

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