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Stampede of Would-Be Monks Crashes Temple Website

On June 28th, Zhejiang’s Ci’en temple offered laymen a chance to join its eight Buddhist monks for between three months and two years. In the past, fewer than ten people have responded each year, but over the past...

Veteran Diplomat Urges Cool Heads

China Media Project translates from a Global Times interview with former ambassador Wu Jianmin, who stresses the importance of communication by officials and cool-headedness among the young. Today, many of our leaders and cadres...

Global Brands Turn To China’s Young Amid Slump

From AP: In her Vans cap, Quiksilver shirt and Adidas shorts, 19-year-old Terry Zhong is a walking checklist of sports brands as she sets out on a weekly shopping trip with a 500-yuan ($73) budget. Global economic gloom has...

Chinese Youth ‘Face Suicide Risk’

From BBC News: An association in China says that suicide is the leading cause of death among young people. The Chinese Association for Mental Health says young people aged between 15 and 34 are more likely to die at their own...

China’s Young People Connect Online

From San Francisco Chronicle: Alex Zhang opines on his blog about music and movies and, most recently, learning to drive on Beijing’s congested roads. The 25-year-old sends instant messages to friends on his computer and...

Video: Branded New China

Armani. Gucci. Louis Vuitton. China’s urban youth talk about spending nearly two months salary on a handbag – and the identity, culture and social status that come with the label – in this Mandarin Film...

China’s Loyal Youth

Matthew Forney, a former Beijing bureau chief for Time, writes on the New York Times: Many sympathetic Westerners view Chinese society along the lines of what they saw in the waning days of the Soviet Union: a repressive...

China Discovers the Permissive Society

China’s youth are defying tradition with sexual promiscuity.  But is education addressing this newfound freedom?  And is age-old morality under seige?  The New York Times reports on this new phenomenon and its...

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