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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

The author, in his 20s, who is fluent in Chinese, examines the future of China through the lens of the Jiu Ling Hou - the generation born after 1990. 

A close-up look at the Chinese generation born after 1990, exploring through personal encounters how young Chinese feel about everything from money and sex to their government, the West, and China’s shifting role in the world - not to mention their love affair with food, karaoke, and travel. Set primarily in the Eastern 2nd tier city of Suzhou and the budding Western metropolis of Chengdu, the book charts the touchstone issues this young generation faces. From single-child pressure to test-taking madness and the frenzy to buy an apartment as a prerequisite to marriage, from one-night stands to an evolving understanding of family, Young China offers a fascinating portrait of the generation who will define what it means to be Chinese in the modern era. 

Zak Dychtwald was 20 when he first landed in China. He spent years deeply immersed in the culture, learning the language and hanging out with his peers in apartment shares and hostels, on long train rides, and over endless restaurant meals.

©2018 Zak Dychtwald (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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"To make sense of contemporary China, it is crucial to understand the varied aspirations, anxieties, fears and fantasies of the many millions of Chinese - as big a group as the entire populations of some sizeable countries - who were born after the year that soldiers killed protestors near Tiananmen Square. Young China provides an excellent starting point for doing just that." (The Wall Street Journal)

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Relevant and entertaining

Being a non-mandarin speaking foreigner living in China, this book definitely gives a great perspective on what modern china is through first hand experiences. It only helps to confirm how much is beneath the very superficial image I had of Chinese culture.

The stories are entertaining and filled with interesting facts and realities that I've been missing all along.

The fact that the book is written in the first person and the author is reading it, only helped me to get more involved into the stories.

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