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A Rising Generation in China

A Rising Generation in China

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| On 03, Dec 2013

The Post-90s

By Haiyue Liu

According to Lara Farrar’s article, How Will China’s Tech-savvy, Post-90s Generation Shape the Nation? individuals born in China after 1990 (the “Post-90s”) have been labeled as generally “lazy, promiscuous, confused, selfish, brain-damaged and overall hopeless.” The viewpoint is that this new Chinese generation knows only pleasure and has no ambition. “‘They have only known a life in China that is rising and affluent,’ Frank Yu, a Beijing-based Internet analyst, said.”


Some people equate the Post-90s with the “Net Generation,” because they are closely related to the development of the Internet. The older generations allege them to have poor employment prospects. But can the Net Generation be completely synonymous with the Post-90s? Definitely not. Online entertainment, such as games, videos, shopping, etc., does not define their lives. Don Tapscott, author of Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World, believes that the Post-90s generation is “much more entrepreneurial than their elders.” They are the rising generation who are helping to make the country a success.

The Post-90s is the generation with passion. Sun Yang, “a Chinese Olympic and world-record-holding distance swimmer, was born in 1991. He won the 400m and 1500m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Chinese man ever to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming” (Wikipedia). Ye Shiwen, a female swimmer from Hangzhou, “won gold medals in the 400m and 200m individual medley, setting the world record in the 400m event and the Olympic record in the 200m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics” (Wikipedia); and she was born in 1996. Both of them are the most elite among the Post-90s. The Post-90s are also choosing professions in the medical/health industry and non-profit management.

The Post-90s is the generation with love. Xue Xiao, the optimistic “Coke Boy” who lost his right arm in the Wenchuan Earthquake, said to the rescuers, “Bring me a coke. A frozen one, please!” when the rescuers dug him out from the ruins. He showed to the world his love for life, his perseverance in ideals and his potential to prospects. He is a Post-90s, and he is now doing an internship in the Coca-Cola Company. The three courageous students of Yangtze University lost their lives when rescuing two drowning teenagers, showing their courage and their perfect spirits to the society. They are also Post-90s. All these young people represent the spirit of the Post-90s generation.

The Post-90s generation is not individuals but a large unity. Do you remember the enthusiastic and professional volunteers during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games? Can’t you see the aspiring youth around you, who are striving after their aspirations in the college library? Can’t you see the diligent students around you, who are studying hard to acquire knowledge and wisdom in the classroom? By their actions, the Post-90s rebuke the people who questioned them and are proving that they are a rising generation with extraordinarily immense potential.




90后是完整伴随网络成长的第一代人。他们长期“寄居”在网络虚拟社会中,过着与老一辈完全不同的日子。中国青少年在网上的表达方式不尽相同。他们会逛开心网、人人网等社交网站;会利用微博做些评论;还会使用即时聊天工具QQ和QQ空间来展现当下的生活状态。在这些平台上,他们组建自己的“部落”或“群”,成百上千的人用“火星语”来交流——而“火星语”这种“脑残文体”也成为90后的标志。而因为网络的种种坏处,社会上也有评论九零后是衰退的一代。年长的一辈人一向不对九零后报以太大的希望。但是就凭这一点就彻底的否定九零后么?答案是否定的。那些网络娱乐并不是他们那生活的一部分。Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World的作者,Don Tapscott,相信九零后是具有创新精神的一代。他们是一个冉冉升起的一代。




Farrar, L. (2010). How will China’s tech-savvy, post-90s generation shape the nation?. CNN. Retrieved from
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