With over 1.4 billion people China has the world’s largest population. They also have the world’s largest population of millennials with 400 million. That large group of young people will not only be the future of China, but may end up influencing much of the world. So what are China’s millennials like and how do they view China and its place in the world? For that we go to American born millennial Zak Dychtwald, whose years living in China led him to write the book, “Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World.”
People born between 1981 and 1996 are typically referred to as millennials in the United States and in many other Western countries, but in China they’re called something quite different. They’re called the strawberry generation. Zak Dychtwald explains why in the second part of our interview.
For generations, low-skilled factory jobs were the backbone of china’s growth. Today, young people are getting better jobs through higher education or starting their own businesses. They tend to look for job fulfillment in their work, not just stability. This led us to the Genghis Security Academy in the city of Tianjin, an hour southeast of Beijing, where young men and women are training to become personal bodyguards.