Gaokao Quitters Multiply as ‘Sea Turtles’ Flounder

Amid bleak job prospects for many of China’s fresh college graduates, The Economist reports that even an education abroad is no longer the golden ticket it once was: […] Several studies show that sea turtles on average...

Young Chinese Desperate to Be Civil Servants

A desperate civil service applicant in Nanjing, Mr. Wang, forged many CVs to make his own application stand out, stirring up yet another round of retrospection over China’s coveted civil service recruitment. From...

Chinese College Graduates Play It Safe and Lose Out

At The Wall Street Journal, Bob Davis describes how prestige and security are driving fresh graduates towards jobs in government or state-owned enterprises, rather than private companies or entrepreneurship: Over the past...

Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks to Factory Jobs

China now produces eight million new college graduates each year, four times as many as ten years ago. The job market, however, has not adjusted accordingly. While the graduate glut sharpens competition for white collar jobs...

China’s Army of Graduates Is Struggling

The New York Times reports on China’s so-called Ant Tribes, or recent graduates who are struggling to get by: Often the first from their families to finish even high school, ambitious graduates like Ms. Liu are part of an...

China’s Young College Grads Toil in ‘Ant Tribes’

AP reports on the young tech workers who live in slums outside major cities in what have become known as “ant tribes”: The Chinese born after 1980 are among the most privileged generation in China’s long...

The Ant Tribe

On her blog, the Hindustan Times correspondent in China writes about a recent visit to Tangjialing, a crowded residential area outside Beijing that has become home to legions of young, educated migrants: We reached Tangjialing...

Educated and Fearing the Future in China

Over the weekend, The New York Times website held an online forum over the topic of employment in China. Participants included: * C. Cindy Fan, associate dean of social sciences, U.C.L.A.; Yasheng Huang, professor of political...

Cold Winter For Law Graduates

From China Daily: On the last day of 2009, Snow Li, a 24-year-old law school postgraduate student, arose at 7 am and went online to search for company information. Li wasn’t preparing a court case but instead getting ready...

China’s Ant Tribe: Millions Of Unemployed College Grads

From Christian Science Monitor: Back when Deng Kun was in college, studying biomedical engineering, he imagined himself working for a company like GE by now, helping to design state-of-the-art medical equipment. Instead, he...

Files Vanished, Young Chinese Lose the Future

The New York Times tells the story of a young college graduate from a poor rural area whose academic career and hopes for a promising future were erased when his personal file disappeared from the record: Everyone in China who...

Wave of Suicide Sweeps China’s Graduate Class

The Telegraph reports on the tragic impact of the economic slowdown and high unemployment rates on China’s graduates: For Miss Liu, the daughter of poor farmers, a degree was to be her passport out of a life of poverty, a...



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