This article gives an interesting description of the Millennial generation in China. There is quite a lot that is indeed very Millennial (born 1982-200?) about the rising generation in China: They are protected (in uniforms and behind gates), pressured (got to get a credential), conventional (they now all read Confucius), civic minded (look what they did after the earthquake near the Yangtse), and trusting in big institutions (they really do believe in “peacefully rising China”). As many observers have pointed out, there would never be a raucous youth protest a la Tiananmen Square today. And yes they are very optimistic. Clearly, given their economy, they have a lot more to be optimistic about than Millennials in Europe or America.
I think the “risk” this Millennial was referring to is collective risk, not personal risk. The operative word here is “we.”
Obviously, there is a gaping chasm in China between poor rural Millennials and affluent urban Millennials—a much larger gap, imo, than in any of the developed countries. An outrageous degree of social and economic Inequality is one of the vast challenges facing this generation. Much as it was for the young “Long March Generation” back in the “warlord era” of the 1920s and 1930s
I’ve been looking at the “Little Emperor” generation for a while—and have read all the books and surveys about them I can find. They are definitely of the hero archetype. And when all the centripetal forces cause everything in China to fly to pieces, they will be the ones to build something new. And I don’t think we’ll have to wait all that long for this to happen.
My favorite is “China’s Generation Y.” See: