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This generation
February 5, 2008A couple of days ago, at an event commemorating the 10
th
anniversary of thefounding of the magazine
 Buds
, I talked about the clichéd issue of the younger generation.
My feeling is, it’s a mistake to talk about this generation and that generation, but if you
insist that such divisions exist, then yes, there are things I can say.From what I can see, this generation is really quite traditional. If their divorce rate
is on the high side, that’s because so many people simply marry someone in the target
age-group or marry an apartment
 —they don’t marry someone they love. When they reach
the age of twenty-five, everyone feels under pressure to tie the knot. But this point simply
suggests there’s no essential difference between this generation and those who came
before.
Society at large, however, gives this generation plenty of negative labels. They’re“self 
-orien
ted,” we’re told, or they “don’t care about politics.” This is unfair. To be self 
-oriented is actually not a bad thing, and many expressions of this focus on the self are adirect consequence of the one-
child policy. I don’t think that problems resulting f 
rom thebirths of so many only children can be blamed on the youngsters who just happened to beborn under that program.
As for charging them with not caring about politics, that’s a ridiculous argument.In the current environment, politics isn’t somethi
ng one can afford to care about. Thosepeople in the past, they simply found themselves cared about
by
politics whether they

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