Category Archives: youth

China joins global rebellion against consumerism – Shaun Rein

A growing movement of consumers buys less, but focus on experiences. And, surprisingly, Chinese consumers follow that minimalistic trend, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein in Knowledge CKGSB.

The blurring online lines between personal and business – Shaun Rein

Communication in China has changed into a completely different ball game, most Western visitors fail to get. Especially the blurring line between personal and business communication is key to understand, says business analyst Shaun Rein at Knowledge CKGSB. For example for recruiting.

How young consumers have become different – Jeffrey Towson

The first wave of Chinese consumers has always been hard to get: prudent, and worried about their future. Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson describes at his weblog how the millennials have become an altogether different breed of consumers. On brand loyalty, emotion and confidence.

Robots replace China´s workers – Shaun Rein

For long China was the world´s working place with thousands of workers toiling away in dirty workshops. But China´s youngsters do not want to work in factories anymore, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, to MIT Technology Review. In stead, robots take over.

China´s failing soccer reform – Rowan Simons

Reforming Chinese soccer has been one of the pet projects of president Xi Jinping. But despite much political goodwill and millions moving ahead, results have been poor, says Beijing-based soccer expert Rowan Simons in a wide-ranging interview with the South China Morning Post, looking at his grass-root experiences in Beijing.

The post-90 generation: why rebels are not appreciated – Tom Doctoroff

A fast changing China has produced highly different generations, although the concept of individualism is even for the generation from the 1990s mostly Western wishful thinking, argues China veteran Tom Doctorof, author of What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism, and China’s Modern Consumer at the Asia Society. Why rebels are not appreciated in China.

Youngsters: more nationalistic – James Roy

American companies and stores like KFC and Apple faced angry crowds after an international court ruled against China on its South China Sea policies, even smashing their iPhone’s. A protest that went even too far to China´s government. It is mostly the younger who are more nationalistic and patriotic, says retail analyst James Roy to AP.

Millenniums, changing China – interview by Ian Johnson

Author Alec Ash published after four years of study Wish Lanterns: Inside the Young Lives of China, documenting the life of the millenniums in China. Journalist Ian Johnson of the New York Times sat down with him to discuss how they are bringing change to China.

Why I find clubbing in Shanghai depressing – James Farrer

Sociologist James Farrer, and author of Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City has been clubbing for decades in Shanghai. But lately, the fun is gone, he tells an NPR reporter while cruising the city.

Quality key for China´s young consumers – Ben Cavender

Going cheap is no longer the prevailing trend among China´s consumers, as especially the younger ones, who have traveled a lot, look for good quality, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in the International Business Times.