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In 1989, students marched on Tiananmen Square demanding democratic reform. The Communist Party responded with a massacre, but it was jolted into restructuring the economy and overhauling the education of its young citizens. A generation later, Chinese youth are a world apart from those who converged at Tiananmen. Brought up with lofty expectations, they’ve been accustomed ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published June 4th 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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jianinz
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I came from pre-89 Tiananmen Square time. a native Chinese living in Sweden, for the past few years i have been trying to understand how people from all over the world think about China regardless good or bad, but just the truth. In mid 2015 i started listening Sinica podcast where they discussed about current affairs in China on the weekly basis. This is how i was introduced to Mr Fish's book.
This really is a great book, every chapter that i read i feel so close to it, because i have been
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Nicole Means
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting view of China post-Tiananmen.
Anna
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: research
Really interesting, thorough reporting on the young adults of China. Fish does a great job of encompassing the country's many complexities and the signs of both progress and great difficulty. Much of what he said fleshed out the personal story of a young Chinese woman who guided my family's tour to the Great Wall last summer.

As Fish describes, young adults like her -- from rural areas -- face many disadvantages in the city and often must live far away from family (she had left behind a husband
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Joe
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Better than just a collection of articles on Chinese Millennials, but that's mostly what it really is.

The author has good perspective on what their education and early careers have been like. He shows their ambivalence towards their government: e.g., they seem to be proud of China and its history in some places, but he also shows a survey where 85% of them said they'd rather have been born in Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Japan.

It's a good book for (1) people who do not know a lot about China (since
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Melinda
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book really helped me when working with Chinese students. It gave me a little background on where students were coming from. I know cheating is an issue with students when they come to the US and this book helped me understand why it's not a big issue in the student's eyes. I will help me understand some of the cultural differences between students.
Ashley
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: china
Good as a collection of journalistic essays but could use more synthesis bookending them
Chui Ying
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Interesting. Certainly gives me a historical perspective of the Chinese.
Joseph
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: china-books
Smoothly written, this book is a pleasure to read. Although it specifically focuses on a particular generation of youth in China, it also serves to more broadly introduce the reader to several different aspects of Chinese society.

I have been studying China for several years, and I learned a lot of new things from reading this book. That is a hard benchmark to beat, because so many 'China books' contain the same information. Nonetheless, if you have never read a single thing about China in your
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Eric Fish is a writer focusing on Chinese youth, politics, education, and social issues. From 2007 to 2014, he was based in China where he worked for the Economic Observer and contributed to outlets including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, and The Telegraph, among others. He is author of the book China’s Millennials: The Want Generation.