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China’s Gen Z overconfident and thinks West is ‘evil’, top academic says, cautioning against nationalism among the young

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Most China supporters on the internet are China loving Americans. Chinese internet is mostly confined by the "great firewall." If there were as many Chinese China supporters as Americans claim, Chinese nationalists would infest the internet like Indians have.
1, There are 140 million VPN users in China.

2, China implements nine years of compulsory education, and every Chinese must receive at least nine years of free education. English is a compulsory course in 9-year compulsory education. Although Chinese people speak Chinese language, every Chinese adult has studied English for at least 7 years(learning English from grade 3).

3, Chinese and Indians have different personalities. Most Chinese like reading, but they don't want to join in quarrels and debates.
 

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1, There are 140 million VPN users in China.

2, China implements nine years of compulsory education, and every Chinese must receive at least nine years of free education. English is a compulsory course in 9-year compulsory education. Although Chinese people speak Chinese language, every Chinese adult has studied English for at least 7 years(learning English from grade 3).
r/genzedong is mostly Americans.
 

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it's good..
Chinese old generation born & grown up when China still weak. They tend to be low profile.


Meanwhile, Chinese young generation born & grown up when China already Rich & Strong. I'm agree with them, that China can 'do more' with their current power
 

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Nothing new. It’s not against the evil westerners in particular it’s because Chinese populace are xenophobic.
They build high walls. The higher the better. Non chinese are considered as babarians, speak dirty uncivilized folks.
Only close neighbors as Vietnam, Korea and Japan (the chinese orbit) are ok.
 

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Exactly. If Chinese people have become overnationalistic and overzealous, which I will agree is a problem, it’s only because it’s been fanned by the hostility from the west.
It is reactive, in a sense, but, is becoming a learned opinion as students deeply engage various ideas and follow current politics.

The professor in the OP should not fear educated opinion and resultant self-confidence. Without self-confidence, no matter how big China gets, it won't have complete self-determination. A circus elephant may weight tons, but a master with a short stick in hand will make it stand hInd legs and wait for the next instruction.

Students must be instructed to critically read and then propose their own ideas however naive they think those may be.

Students should have full confidence in their own historically developed ideas, political and social culture and way of life.

The biggest mistake a teacher may make in education is to prescribe a book to students and then allow them faithfully read a chapter each week, memorize lots of names and ideas associated with those names.

In political science classes, one may see students taking a theorist dead for 30 years as the ultimate truth and never think over and beyond. That's making intellectually arrested people. Even if they publish, they never get free from the arrest of memorized theories.

Self-confidence, in that sense, is a must. Students in China have every reason, and need and duty, of being confident. Not over zealous, but healthly confident. Especially with respect to Western ideas. Lots of modern science is heavily Western dominated, so, it is time for China to go over it. For example, as Qin Yaqing (and Amitav Acharya) inquires, we need an Asian international relations theory.

Theory creation requires (national) power and confidence. Time is actually mature for China to produce an IR Theory. I hope only a tiny fraction (or none at all) think like the professor in the OP. His thinking is cancerous.
 

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Over 99% of Chinese people are only on the Chinese social media, only a tiny fraction of Chinese speak and read English, whatever happens on English language media platform doesn't mean much to the Chinese population
Okay buddy, so you are nothing much to Chinese population.
 

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Oh the pathetic mods removed the comment and banned from sub

But it was this picture
True you can't win online argument against Indians and CCP Bots
Yes, it's obvious China has no chance in the naval department. You can't with 11 aircraft carrier groups.
 

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Nationalism is a double edge sword, sometime it needs to be curbed.
Thucydides Trap. If people feel there prosperity is threatened the rhetoric can reach nonsensical levels.

A lot of the bad rhetoric, on both sides I presume, is probably some people that have a vested interest in a conflict between the two countries. That is not to say there are not many academics that point flaws in each other’s systems, but they tend to get drowned out by the sensationalism; such as “the other guy’s system is about to collapse any day now”.

 
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I dont see a shred of evidence supporting this delusional narrative blatantly projecting on Chinese youth, the delusions of Americas nationalist population, Americas propaganda bullshit, the pathetic trolling of Americans, the blatantly fake narratives and endless conspiracies they constantly spew and pathetic delusions about inherent American (or as a proxy Western or White) superiority they preach

Its not China attacking America
Its not China subverting America
Its not China bullying America
Its not China threatening to abuse America
Its not China trying to destablize America
Its not China amplifying threats to peace in America
Its not China slandering America
Its not China campaigning debunked fake stories about America for decades
Its not China campaigning insidious conspiracy theories about America for decades
Its not China funding terrorists in America
Its not China funding terrorists around America
Its not China blackmailing others to reject America
Its not China promoting racism against America
and so on
Never mind this onesided narrative of blaming China, even the "both sides are bad" premise is utter BS.

Realizing and acknowledging the U.S.A. is by any objective means one of the greatest and unparalleled sources of "evil" in the world and threat to freedom and peace in China and the rest of the world is the opposite of ignorance and has nothing to do with nationalism.
Hes has to be drinking U.S. and proxy propaganda kool aid or fallen on his head to believe any of this.
 
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Real or not,anyone can make that up
He knows. It doesnt matter if these fake screenshots, fake subtitles, fake headlines you see dimes a dozen in Western media produced about China have absolutely no substance. The only point is to add some diversity to the script, so ignorant people not custom with this kind of propaganda notice its always the same few people repeating the exact same "China/Chinese bad" bullshit raising suspicion rather than faith in their lies and the domestic audience they hope to entertain doesnt get bored because its always the exact same "China/Chinese bad" bullshit but have something new to rage and jerk off about and inflate the number of anecdotes to appeal and escape to next time when called out on their BS.
 
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Patriotic Generation Z fuels pandemic-era jewellery boom in China Country’s biggest retailer Chow Tai Fook banks on young people’s love of traditional
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People born after 1995 are driving demand for ‘China chic’ jewellery featuring traditional symbols such as dragons and phoenixes © Chan Ho-him/FT China’s biggest jewellery retailer Chow Tai Fook is banking on the young, patriotic and affluent Generation Z cohort buying “China-chic” pieces to fuel growth.

The strong demand from those born after 1995 for jewellery inspired by Chinese symbols such as dragons and phoenixes — the traditional emblems of emperors and empresses — has driven substantial growth during the pandemic. “[Gen Z] is one of the cohorts that has the ability [to pay] and is most willing to spend big,” said Chow Tai Fook managing director Chan Sai-cheong in an interview with the Financial Times.

“Many of them are not breadwinners of their families . . . so they can enjoy life more compared with their parents.” The younger generation is patriotic and willing to spend on domestic brands over the foreign brands that had enjoyed more prestige in the past, said Chan. Guochao — a trend roughly translated as “China-chic” — has led to an explosion of Chinese luxury brands.

“They love our [traditional] products, which can go with the style greatly,” said Chan. Millennial and Gen Z cohorts accounted for more than 56 per cent of sales for Chow Tai Fook’s “heritage collection” between April and September of 2021, according to the company.

Founded in 1929, Chow Tai Fook grew from one goldsmith’s shop in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to become known as the Tiffany’s of the east. The company has prospered during the pandemic. Total retail revenue at the Hong Kong-listed jeweller soared 79 per cent between April and September last year to HK$44bn ($5.6bn). During that period, revenue from mainland China rose 82 per cent to HK$38bn.

Chow Tai Fook plans to open more than 2,000 new outlets across China by 2025 © Paul Yeung/Bloomberg Its shares have risen almost 150 per cent since January 2019, before the pandemic hit, to HK$13.30 on Wednesday. Chan said growth was partly because of China’s “one-child” policy — implemented between 1980 and 2015 to curb the nation’s population — that resulted in members of Gen Z growing up in middle-class households with disposable income.

The cohort makes up about 15 per cent, or about 200m, of China’s population, according to McKinsey. With more than 5,000 stores in more than 660 cities in mainland China, Chow Tai Fook is plotting a rapid expansion even as President Xi Jinping pushes his “common prosperity” social reforms and cracks down on corruption.

The company plans to open more than 2,000 new outlets across the country by 2025, many of which would be located in smaller third- or fourth-tier cities that have a fast-growing middle class. The company is focusing on “affordable luxury” or simpler gold jewellery items, such as pendants, bracelets and rings, with most items priced on an average of no more than Rmb10,000 ($1,575). China’s personal luxury goods market has doubled in size between 2019 and 2021 to represent about $69bn, or 21 per cent, of the overall global market, according to a Bain & Co report issued in November.

Gold jewellery at a Chow Tai Fook store © Chan Ho-him/FT That growth took place when luxury markets in Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia only “partially recovered” last year and had still not reached pre-Covid levels, it said. Xianchi Dai, associate professor of marketing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, believed the demand for high-end jewellery in mainland China would only get stronger.

Growth “will continue over the next [few] years”, said Dai, adding that “common prosperity” would further drive sales as the middle class increased and Gen Z shopped online. “[Gen Z] likes different types of jewellery . . . their preference for the design of Chinese cultural elements could also rise during times of high international tensions,” he said. “They have grown up during the digital age and thus they are much more friendly to online shopping.

” One of Chow Tai Fook’s rivals, Hong Kong-listed Lukfook Jewellery, also has plans to open up to 350 new outlets this year, with many of them located in lower-tier cities, while also expanding its ecommerce platforms to reach the younger generation. “[We will] step up our efforts to promote the sales of affordable luxury jewellery products . . . in the young consumer market,” said Nancy Wong, Lukfook’s executive director and deputy chief executive.

“The mainland China market will be our growth driver.” The focus on China comes as Chow Tai Fook and Lukfook’s sales in Hong Kong are losing momentum. Revenue has picked up but is still lower than pre-pandemic levels as a result of fewer mainland Chinese tourists, who were the largest consumers.

For now, the retailers are still holding out hope for a border reopening between Hong Kong and mainland China, which has been in talks for weeks but has yet to materialise, to help boost growth in the city. Peter Suen, Chow Tai Fook’s executive director, said: “A partial resumption of quarantine-free travel might not be able to bring us swift growth [in sales] . . . but that is definitely a better situation.”
 

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Yan Xuetong is right. The new generation has to be confident but not so over confident that it ends up getting blinded by patriotism like the american generations to the point that it drives the nation into jumping into unwinnable quagmire type wars like the u.s. did.
 

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