youth culture

From CDT Chinese: Top Ten Memes of 2021

Editor’s Note: As we enter 2022, CDT has compiled a special series of features for our readers, offering a look back at the people, events, controversies, memes and sensitive words that defined the past year. Some of this...

The Teens and Young Adults Behind HK’s Protest Movement

Youths in their teens and early twenties make up a significant proportion of the protesters in Hong Kong. Living regular lives on weekdays and donning protest gear to attend rallies on weekends has become the new routine for the...

Reading Howl in China

In Aeon Magazine, writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo ruminates on her generation’s political...

China’s Web Junkies

The New York Times’ Op-Doc series goes inside a treatment facility outside Beijing treating...

“Diaosi”: Hip, Young and Wired

Diaosi, an online Chinese buzzword which can be loosely translated as “loser”, has been embraced by many young Internet users. At Civil China, Chris Marquis and Zoe Yang carried out a weibo content analysis, and...

Working Hard and Playing Hard in Fun City

A New York Times article and accompanying video look at the lives of Foxconn workers once their shifts end. Outside the gates of the Zhengzhou Foxconn campus, the atmosphere “resembles a gigantic street fair”: Here...

“Darkness Outside The Night” for China’s Youth

NPR’s Louisa Lim interviews graphic novelist Xie Peng, whose first novel, “Darkness Outside The Night,” is described as, “a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese,” reflecting the...

Underdogs Find Success in ‘Diaosi’ Identity

Originally an insult, the term diaosi (屌丝) has been appropriated by legions of tech-savvy Chinese youth to describe their experience living in a rapidly changing and often unjust society. After explaining the term’s...

Escaping the Rat Race: An Emerging Counter-Culture

While the rise of consumerism in China continues to attract attention, Monica Tan turns to the backlash against it. From Tea Leaf Nation: It’s happened all over the world, and it’s happening in China too. As the country’s middle...

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