CNN:Post-Tiananmen Youth

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Twenty years after the Tian’anmen crackdown, the world may know more about what happened that day than many Chinese themselves.

They dare not mention it in public, it’s dangerous to talk about it in public.

For years, China has suppressed information about the incident, online, at school and at home.

“Have your parents ever talked about it?”

My father said, “Now I don’t want to explain this because you are too young.”

Meet a few of chinese young elite,Victoria is a 25-year-old marketing rep and member of the Communist Party.Eden is a 23-year-old journalism student and Richard, a 28-year-old blogger, who likes to twitter.

Two decades ago, protesters at their age catalysed a massive movement.Today their generation has been criticized for not caring enough.

The students nowadays will never go to the streets, because they just want to earn money, get a good job. They haven’t,they haven’t got such kind of passion like the students in 1989.

But in 1989, China’s economy was struggling, unemployment and inflation rising. students were angry about government corruption.

Since then, China’s astounding economic prosperity has made it a global superpower with a seat at the top economic table.

And some say youth today have no reason to complain.

Government still makes mistakes like other governments do. but we should see the improvements here.

Even though there are not protests on the streets. they say they’re still invested in their country.

Do you think students these days care about politics?

“I think so.”

“they do care.”


Do they care about freedom?

“Yeah, yes.”

They disagree on some issues,but agree political freedom in China has lagged behind。 The Chinese government continues to block and filter the internet. Dissidents are routinely detained. Many chinese say they are scared to express controversial views.

CNN asked dozens of people to speak on camera for this story, only three said yes.

I think China needs more time.Chinese people need more time to learn how to rule themselves, how to control and how to deliver their opinions.


“It depends on the leaders, i think if they are smart enough, we will be better and better, and we have to be.”

If anything, they all share high hopes, for China’s future.

Emily Chang, CNN, Beijing