Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Apr. 25–May 16
Instructors: Confucius Institute at Mason
The rapid pace of economic development in China has created dramatic changes in China’s economy and significantly changed many aspects of daily life. The younger generation in China has been especially influenced by digital technology and western cultural ideas. This four-part series, featuring speakers from China’s younger generations, will discuss some of these trends and the issues of interest to young people in China today.
- Apr. 25: Chinese Philosophy Meets the West, Jing Jin. Ancient Chinese philosophies, such as Confucianism, Taoism, and Legalism, and the thoughts of the philosophers Confucius, Mencius, Laozi (Lao Tzu), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), Hanfeizi, and Mozi (Mo Tzu) are being impacted today by Western perspectives. We will discuss how this trend is creating a multi-faceted mindset among the younger generation of China.
- May 2: China’s Younger Generation, Nana Li. Reforms, the opening up of China, and globalization have brought great change to the Chinese people’s view of the world and to their lifestyles. We will present an overview of the younger generation’s views on marriage, family, education and career selection, material consumption, and social connection.
- May 9: Impact of Technology, Xue Chen. The rapid development of technology in this digital age has also impacted the lifestyle of people in China, especially in their entertainment, shopping, and travel choices. We will discuss some of the most popular mobile apps in the service industry, such as Alibaba, Ctrip, ofo, Meituan, Wechat, Keep, and other O2O (online2offline) apps that are preferred by young people in China.
- May 16: Tea or Coffee, Nana Li. Chinese food and tea are popular worldwide, with different varieties originating in diverse regions of China. However, in recent decades Western food has been making significant inroads into Chinese diets, especially among young people in China. Chinese traditional food and tea consumption will be compared with the younger generation’s interest in fast food and coffee shops.