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July 1, 2013 12:00 AM

China’s young adults: Directionless, unhappy, but unlikely to rebel

Rocky, who’s had nearly a dozen jobs since he graduated from college a decade ago, is part of a generation in China known as the post-’80s. They’ve seen rapid change as China moved from a Maoist state to a market-oriented economy characterized by rampant consumerism and unprecedented inequality. They’re the first generation to grow up with the Internet, and in turn, have more access to information – and perhaps greater exposure to censorship. They’re also vastly different from their parents. Chinese society has long been worried about the post-’80s, calling them spoiled, irresponsible, materialistic, lazy and confused.

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