China’s Lost Generation

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[Theme music fades] WINSTON (W): So, C-Milk, what are we talking about today? C-MILK (C): Today we’re talking about China’s “lost generation.” And I think it’s super interesting because there’s very few countries in the world
that have such a massive gap between the parental generation and the children… W: Yeah. C: Because like me and my know, we- we have our differences. We have generation gap. You know…my parents aren’t super-good with computers W: Sure. C: ..that kind of stuff. But you know, in China, it’s much WIDER gap. It’s huge. It’s massive. And that’s because of something that happened in the 1950s 60s, and 70s, so we’re gonna talk about that. W: Yeah, very recent history. C: Yeah. W: Ok, cool…what do you say we hop on the bikes
and go talk about that. C: Sounds good, I know some cool places to go check out today. W: Awesome. Let’s gooo! [Motorbikes rev up] [C-Milk meows] C: So, “lost generation”…kinda sounds like Star Trek. W: Sounds like the awesome 80’s movies like “The Lost Boys”, ya know C: Oh, I was thinking “The Last Generation”
…wait, is that a Star Trek thing? W: Uh, “The Next Generation.” C: No, “The NEXT Generation.” Sorry
[Winston chuckles] I’m getting mixed up here. Well, we’re talking about China, not Star Trek.
W: Yeah. C: And we’re not talking about “The Lost Boys” and that saxophone guy. [Winston chuckles]
C: That is for sure. W: That is such an awesome scene. C: It is such a NOT-awesome scene and we’re definitely not putting that in the video…anyway…SO… W: –oh yes, we are..
C: …Shit. [Both laugh] C: The “lost generation”…actually, because of the lost generation…actually, we should say what the lost generation is…
it’s ah…how old are the people? W: Well, it’s people that are now currently in their sort of 50s, 60s…that kind of, um, age group. C: That’s right. That’s- that’s what they’ve said… So, basically what that means is that those people didn’t have access to education and it’s clearly changed their attitude towards life. Or –holy shit–
W: Yeah. C: Anyway…um, what- what happened was, Mao Zedong in the 1960s and 70s during the whole “Great Leap Forward” period had this very wise idea to come up with this movement called the “up to the mountains, down to the countryside” movement. W: Yeah. C: You know, what that meant was temporary –I say “temporary” but he wanted it to be a long-term thing– but schools were temporarily shut down and the bourgeois, rich children that were going to school would actually be sent to the countryside, and, ya’know, kind of –how to say, uh– pushed out of the cities and go out to the countryside for a couple years to learn how the farmers do. Right? W: Yeah. C: So in Mao’s Red Book he said “The kings of our country, the most powerful people of our country should be the farmers. So we’re going to send all these useless, kinda, Westernized rich kids out to the country so that they know the struggle. And [so that] they know how to farm for our country so that we can increase our output.” W: So, basically, “It’s cool to be poor,” right? C: “It’s cool to be poor.” That’s exactly what Mao Zedong was talking about. W: It’s the “in” thing. It’s the way it should be. C: That guy just caught a fish, I think. W: Yeah. C: Let’s see his catch. C’mon dude, reel it in! Here it is…here it is! C’mon! Yeah…yeah! W: Let me get a closer look. C: Did he get it? W: That’s it. C: I think he got one. Yeah…nice! C: That’s a BIG one. W: How the hell did he catch that? [The hook] is in its tail! C: Wow! W: That’s, uh, what we call a grass carp, I believe. C: –Yeah..I would never eat there, BUT that’s pretty cool that he caught that. W That’s pretty big. Cool. C: Nice job, Bro…good luck! Nice. W: Nice. I don’t know how he managed to hook it that way… C: –it’s was just lucky, I think. So yeahM, so what this did was put a massive dent in China’s educational progress. And, it was VERY detrimental to the economy as well because instead of people, ya know, pushing for business and pushing for intellectual or white-collar work, it was now all blue-collar and the only thing that was getting compensated or promoted by the government was agriculture and
steel production and manual labor. So you had all these starry-eyed,
young teenagers bein’ like “I’m gonna- I’m gonna to be a doctor! I’m gonna to be a teacher!” Ya’know? W: Yeah. C: “I’m going to be a scientist!” and now they have to go get sent to the countryside in a kind-of gulag, Soviet Union-style effort to promote growth in the country. And it had a massive effect on today’s current population who is now about, like you said, 50 and 60 and 70 years old. C: Um, what i want to ask you –I’m trying to find an alley that we can sneak down– …what I wanted to ask you was what are the, uh, repercussions of this that you can see today in the attitude of people? –and not from OUR perspective but like the young Chinese people– what do they think? W: Well, first thing, you left out a huge part of that whole situation and that is when young- young people were instructed to, basically, attack their teachers and uh, you know, basically destroy the schools and, uh, reject all their learnings
C: –There it is W:–yeah, this is the [alley], I’ll go ahead–
C: –Ok. W: Um, so again, that taught them to defy authority. “You could do what you want. You know, this is your country. You can’t have anyone tell you there’s authority.
It doesn’t mean anything unless, of course, it’s, um, you know, the Communist Party’s authority. You can never say anything to…” –take a left or a right? C: Uh, take a left then go right. W:Ok…uh, and so they basically, this generation became incredibly arrogant and they were like, “You know what? We can just beat you up; burn down the school; do what we want…because we’ve been given permission.” And this…These people are 12, 13, 14 years old, you know, at that rebellious teenage age? And that’s obviously engrained into your, your character then. So you get these people who are now incredibly arrogant, who believe they can do just whatever they want…basically…in- in a very spoiled kinda of a way. C: Ok. W: So it’s like, “I can do what I want because I’ve been given permission.” You know? And it has definitely- it’s spoiled over. You see, that- that generation is the WORST in China, like no- no joke. C:–there’s a reason they are called the “lost generation” W: –and that’s because the will just litter, they will destroy the environment, they’ll take what they want because they just get what they want and they don’t care. So for instance, they’ll “–oh look, there’s an endangered species animal. I’m just going
to eat it because I can.” C:Right. W:You know…or “I don’t care. I’m just going to throw litter over here. I wanna do this…I’ll just do this.” You can see– It’s actually– A very good example of this are those “dancing aunties.” C: Yeah. W: They’re such a menace in China because they’re all of that age. They’re all in that age group. They get together in these huge mobs to go and dance. Now, I thought at first that it was a really awesome thing to see these people dancing. I thought it was wonderful. I thought, “Oh look, they’re getting out and doing something.” But then, what they do is they basically claims a space –if they just suddenly decide, “Oh, I like- I like this street.” They’ll come out here with their little boombox and they’ll start dancing. And the residents can complain as MUCH as they want. They will NOT STOP. In fact, they will… C: –For. Sure.
W: …they will get worse. C: –Take a left.
W: …uh, they’ll basically, uh, bring in more people and make the music louder. And there are a couple of very funny, high profile cases where, uh, residents in nearby buildings have fought back by buying, sort of,
crowd-control speakers C: –Right W: …to, like, BLAST down messages to make it so uncomfortable for these
“dancing aunties” that they have to move. But they refuse. Like, the police will come and try to chase them away and then as soon as the police go away they come back and, you know… C: –That arrogance, ag- again,
I think you’re absolutely correct –Go left– um… W: –Ok.
C: …it comes from… –And then go straight…in this alley–
W: Ok…alright. C: This arrogance actually comes from the absolute disarray and unbelievable anarchy that was happening during that period of the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward. People just kinda got used to scrambling to get what they could get.
You know what I mean? W: Left or right? C: I don’t know. It’s kinda interesting down there.
W: –Let’s go down there. This looks very, very narrow– C: –i figure we’d just check it out.
W: –Yeah, so they are used to just being able to do what they want. And because of that, there’s this very horrible attitude where they have this kinda arrogrant authority over everyone. And of course, their children and grandchildren can’t stand it because constantly being forced to “Eat this!” or “Do this!” or “Do that!” …you know, there’s nothing they can really do about it. C:This is pretty awsome, by the way. W: Yeah, yeah. C: Check out this– check out this building right here. W: Where? C: On the left. Look up.
That looks pretty- pretty cool. Pretty old. W: It just looks like…it looks awful. What are you talkin’ about? You know my– You know my opinion on this stuff. C: Not the cement –ah, nevermind!
[Both chuckle] C: Anyway, this is actually Huizhou’s famous ancient street. You’ve been down here. It’s where they get the seafood? W: Yup…yeah…I recognize it.
It’s so ancient and um,… C: –It is…I will say this:
This street is very ancient. It’s very old. W: Ah-hah. C: But there’s a lot of new buildings up…
W: Uh-hmm. C: –Anyway, long story short, there’s a reason that…
–why is that shop selling magazines from the 1990s? W: I don’t know [chuckles]. C: Well anyway, it’s ancient.
I guess we went back in time. W: Yeah. C: Um, Marty McFly’s ship goin’ on here…
So, uh, there’s a reason that the young generation has now called them the “lost generation.” It’s not our label. Uh, because they are actually really, really frustrated. Now if you want to get a public position and work for the government –which has always been seen as the best thing to do. W: Yes. C: …up until fairly recently. For a young graduate, to get into the party and get a stable “iron rice bowl” job W:Yeah. C: It’s very difficult for them to rise up in the ranks because of the old ideology and mentality that the people have here. Right? So, these, uh, cadres and people high up in the party
are in– are part of “the lost generation.” And –I don’t want to get too–
I don’t want to get too– How to say? W: –political?
C: …I don’t wanna get too political here– but those are the ones that take bribes.
Those are the corrupt ones. Those are the ones that are, you know, kinda unsavory-ly, like, running the country, right? W: Sure C: So, the people that are raised with a[n] international, moral ethic have a very difficult time dealing with people like that
and working with people like that, right? W: Sure. C: So, it’s a massive split to where, like, all the people in the “lost generation” hold all of the power in the country, pretty much…
W: –Yeah. C: …but their mentality is WILDLY different than the kids that grew up with the internet. W Correct. C: And, what is your experience been dealing with younger people as opposed to these, like, –that woman’s generation? C: Well, ok, absolutely…younger people are way more open-minded. C: This is that cafe. W: Oh cool…
Unfortunately, because their grandparents and parents have been drumming all sorts of
nonsense into their heads. –You know, and I’m-
I’m just being completely honest here, I’m not trying to put any political agenda
so I’m not going to go any where near politics. It’s just they’re- they’re basically drummed in
all this absolutely awful, nationalist kinda stuff and it really just does affect them.
I see young people who –Ok, I’m going to give you an example. Ok, and I’m probably going to
make a couple of enemies here but– When I used to train doctors, umm, the last kinda training session I had was wtih these very young, bright group of doctors, right? And during the training I was
preparing them to go overseas. And, um, and i was just basically giving them
a bit of, uh- a catch-up on nationalities. Uh, because, you know, Chinese
–when it comes to nationalities– they’re quite rude. They quite often try to guess your nationality. C: Oh yeah. W: You know, they- they say to me all the time,
“Are you American? Or are you Russian?” C: –Right. It’s just racial profiling. W: –You know, you- you don’t do that because if you go up to an Indian guy and you say, “Hey, are you Pakistani?” C: –You’re going to have some problems.
W: –You’re going to really piss him off. And I-I also get a bit pissed off when people are like
“Are you Russian?” because I am not. Not that i have anything ag– I-I’m not against Russians but it’s like I’m not Russian so don’t say I am. And they’re saying like, “Oh, you’re American.”
No, I’m not, ok? Um, you know it’s- it’s kinda of annoying. So I was just giving them a little lesson on this basically, very light-hearted and part of this lesson was um, I showed a bunch of, um, sort of, brands, international brands. And I was like, “Ok, let’s, um, let’s just, like, identify the nationalities
that are attached to these brands so, you know, it was like Mercedes Benz
and “Where’s that from?” “Ahh…Germany?”
“Ok, so, it’s a German brand.” That kind of thing. C: Yeah. W: So, there’s this one guy — he must be like, I don’t know, 26 or something? He’s not very old…very young, bright,
sort of, very spot-on, uh, kinda guy. Very nice guy. And, um…I said, “What about this? There’s Canon…”
You know, Canon is a Japanese brand. Uhh, and I said, “Where is this from?” And he’s like, “It’s from Japan.” I said, “Oh, that’s cool, do you like, uh,
do you like Canon products?” And he said, “No, I HATE Canon products.
I HATE Japanese. I want to kill them all.” I was like, “What the hell?! Where is this coming from??” C: In class?! W: Yes. “Where is this coming from?” It’s just like, I understand that there are difficulties and massive problems between China and Japan in the past and still now…yes. But to be just be so blatantly, blanket –like, throw out that blanket hate for no reason– and, of course, this is not the first time, it’s quite common I’m sure you’ve come across it. C: –Yeah, all the time. All the time. W: –But, you know, it’s like, that’s just been
ingrained in them from this past generation to not think, to not question,
to not have your own opinion. You know what I mean?
C: RIght, right…Right. W: Uh…and so I’ve seen it, like, I’ve seen the negative effects that’s had and also when you’re raisng a young child, the-the strange beliefs
that the older generation has about… C: Absolutely. W:…what the child should eat… C: Right W: …how the child should dress. They force it to be bloody warm. Like wr- bundle it up in blankets… C: –Until it gets heat stroke. W: Yeah, when it’s like… C: –Take a right. W: …a hundred degrees outside.
You know, that kinda thing? C: Yeah. C: Uh, so there are definitely horrible repercussions um, and I see it having a –only a negative effect on the younger generation. C: Ok, now my –what I wanted to get into
was not a positive affect but the positivities of the younger generation. W:Yes. C:Now, despite all of this, there… –y’know– grandmother’s propoganda
is not as strong as the internet. W: Sure. C: And…with the –more and more young people kinda being more internationally-minded …hopefully it stays like that. W: Check out this cool pagoda… C: That’s awesome. W:Yeah. C: With more and more people being internationally-geared and minded –which is a good thing, I hope that continues in that trajectory– W:Yeah. C: I feel like the young people kinda brush that attitude off and the mistakes and the, kind of, dour attitude of the, uh…y’know,
of the lost generation is slowly dying out. W: Yeah. C: And, I see the young people being much, much more
hard-working; much more kinda clever and asking why instead of just like, ”
Yeah, it’s just-just bad,” you know. W: Yeah. C: LIke that kind of generalization attitude. I see the young people just being better in general
at everything in life and it- it kinda does highlight the fact that the lost generation was, in fact,
a lost generation. It’s difficult to change an entire generation of people that didn’t have access to education and were brain-washed. And, hopefully, everything gets better,
ya’know what I mean? W: Yes, absolutely. W: Oh yeah, I’m going to quickly add to that. Because I used to work –well, not any more –I live in Shenzhen. Through my work and, uh, through my friends I have met so many young, smart, um, people with an incredibly bright future…
C: Yeah. W: …because they’re very well educated, the young-
the younger generation, right? They’ve all- W: They’ve all got, like, masters –especially in Shenzhen, it’s kinda of a prerequisite– masters degrees. They’re all very smart and capable people and, uh, it’s so nice to be able to see so many young people with so much promise. However, whenever i’m out here with you in Huizhou or even in the more rural parts of Shenzhen and I see the- the lost generation, these older folk, just sitting around and I look at them and I see no future. I’m not gonna lie, I just see there’s no chance or no hope for those people forever having anything to contribute to society or to anyone, you know what I mean?
And I- I, yeah, I don’t want to sound so bloody awful, I mean, ‘cuz I think every human being has potential to be something great but- no, when you look at them and they just sit there doing nothing all day kinda spitting- spitting on the floor and just being kinda of a overall rather nasty piece of work, ah, you know? There’s really nothing more that can be said about it, to be honest. C: Yeah. W:But the younger generation…yes, China has a bright future because of them. C: My-my wife always says that the difference between you and your great-grandparents is the difference between me and my parents. W:That makes total sense. C:Yup.
W:That’s-that’s a very good analogy. So yes, I think that’s something people need to be aware of and, for some reason, people seem to think that this, uh, this whole Cultural Revolution, and all this other nonsense that happened in China happed a while ago. C: No, it’s very recent.
W: It’s very, very recent…incredibly recent, you know, like C: –Went- went all the way through into the 70s.
W: Correct. Uh, it was only the 80s when, you know, China actually opened up and started to change and so, before that it was really pretty dismal. So, most of the people
you see walking around were… C: –went through that…
W: …horrible, turbulent times where… C: –North Korea-esque…
W: …yeah, yeah. So yeah, uh, I guess that’s really all we had to say on the subject. Again, we’re not like political commentators or anything we’re just here to tell people what China is like.
C: Right. W: And you can see the constant construction and boom going on around you. Uh, anything you’d like to say to our subscribers before we sign off?
C: Well, I hope you’re not lost, but I hope you’re part of the generation that thinks we’re awesome!
…just like yourselves… W: Haha C: …and, uh, please remember to
like, comment and subscribe. W: Correct. And, oh, I have to also just finish off and say that not all of them are like that. There were plenty who were still very well educated and just managed to secret themselves away and pretend to be stupid, or whatever, during that time. Or just go through the hardships and make it through.
So, you know, you do find civilized people from that…era. C:–Another- another silver lining…
W: Yep…totally. C: My parents-in-law…they met during one of those camps in Hainan when they were on the rubber plantation.
W: Oh wow. C: That ended in- that ended in divorce, but ya know, sometimes you find love through struggle. W: Yeah, exactly. Well, fantastic. –Let’s quickly go up here and, uh, I would like to say to all of our subscribers whether you’ve lost yourself or found yourself or found yourself at a gate that leads to nowhere.. [C-Milk laughs]
W: ..remember, as always, you know the drill… C: [Singing] It’s the end of the road…
W: …stay awesome! [Theme music plays] “When I close my eyes, I can almost see it!
Mmmm…when I take a breath you fill up my lungs! -eAhh…if my mind runs backwards for a minute…

100 thoughts on “China’s Lost Generation

  1. 7:44 Purple car! 🙂 (9:26 Purple scooter. But those are probably more common.)
    18:27 "…found yourself at a gate that leads to nowhere" – Man, that's poetically beautiful, but also sucks-in-the-guts-true, I guess.

  2. Have you guys read Jan Wong's "Red China Blues" and the biography of Mao by his personal physician, "The Private LIfe of Chairman Mao"?

  3. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia at the time of Haile Selassie's fall (early 1970's) and when a military junta took over the government, they had a lot of criticism from students, especially at the HS and university level. The solution: copying what China did but rather than elevate the farmers, it gave the farmers a headache to be minding the hordes of city-bred students that the government sent to the farms to "educate" them about "Ethiopian Socialism." They called this campaign the "Zemeicha" and they put uniforms on all the students and sent them to the countryside. The farmers had to feed the students because they didn't know how to produce their own food and basically at least for a time the students were no longer a problem for the junta (Dergue). I don't think the farmers became socialists as a result of the Zemeicha, because they were already nice people and very social.

  4. Thank you for video info, can you let me know how to buy a second hand motocycle and how much should I pay?
    for Kawasaki or similar?

  5. I’ve noticed that Chinese tourists are so aggressive like they have no manners or give a crap of anyone around them. Is this normal?

  6. This is the first video I've watched on your channel and I really like it. Two gents, well spoken, one Brit and one American. Both giving decent opinions, while just cruising around and having a chat. Well done

  7. Sounds disturbingly like the current identity politik being forced down western throats by the bordeline psychotic, ineffectual and pathetically weak left leaning (marxist-socialist-communist) millenial generation.
    Generation Z will fix that right quick 💊👌🐸💪

  8. It's so crazy to me how quickly things turn 3rd world when you all are riding. Like turn down a pretty street and BAM everything is dirt roads and kids in mud puddles.

  9. Chinese man: So, you are English?
    serpentza: No, I'm a Boer.
    Chinese man: That's wonderful. Can I put on in hot pot?

  10. i always wanted to xxxx Counselor Troi.
    Mao the Dung=communist=that fat fuck never missed any meals when people were starving.


  12. My college Chinese teacher was a part of this generation and she essentially described a concentration camp where all the laborers would fight over the easier and indoor jobs like cooking for the farm. Her father was a doctor and was therefore considered upper class enough to be brought to the country side. Once removed from their home in the far northeast, they were brought down to the hilly regions further south (I think maybe Yunnan or Sichuan). Her father educated her from the age of 6 I believe. She said that every day, all the other kids were allowed to play, but she had to sit and learn. She now lives in America with much of her family all thanks to her brave and intelligent father's foresight of these very negative aspects.

  13. Just FYI SerpentZA when people ask you about your nationality and assume that you're an american or russian just don't take it in a wrong way it it just means that they dont know how to ask that question properly its nothing personal. i believe what they're trying to ask you is what is your background that's all

  14. The people in China and Korea do have so many reasons to hate the Japanese since their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents was abused by the Japanese, but this is a new day and we have to learn to put all of what happened in the past behind us and live for today.

  15. In 1974 Ethiopia following the fall of Haile Selassie, the Derg (junta) initiated a program called the Zemeicha (Crusade) which, similar to but different from Chinese students going to the countryside to learn from the farmers, Ethiopian students were supposed to instruct the farmers in "Ethiopian Socialism" – in the end the students didn't do much teaching/converting but the farmers DID prevent the city kids from starving out in the "wilderness"

  16. After losing some many people during the great famine, how could they possible come up with the one child policy?

  17. This is so valuable for me, because I can never learn about this in Chinese schools!!!
    I really wanted to know more about this period of time, and what changed China to this state over the years.

  18. I grew up in Guangzhou. I remember during the morning after 9/11, my elementary school classmates were in the class. And the chief teacher for the class asked if the students heard about 9/11. The students replied by a thunderous applause. I was sitting there just observing, neither upset nor approving. The teacher was a liberal (classical sense), and she was furious and she chastised us saying how could you cheer for such a loss of human lives.

    We were brainwashed to hate America from the beginning.

    I used to ask my father who visited the US for medical meeting many times, if America was really that bad, why did America not nuke China in 1940s and 50s when only America had nuclear weapons. My father replied with certain indignation by saying the US was a democracy and by nature it does not do such a crazy thing. That also left me a deep impression.

  19. Listening to 2 white people disparage a generation of folks in another country like Europeans haven't raped and pillaged most of the world is really unsavory.

  20. Don't believe all the western propaganda about Chairman Mao or communism- America's older generation has the same issues of entitlement, and they had a western style education. I dream of a day when America goes through the same Great Leap Forward, and all the bourgious scum moan from doing the work they force those under them to do each and every day.

  21. I'm at 3:00 in and you only described half of the story of what Mao envisioned. He sent the richer, more well-off and educated children into the countryside to learn a rural way of life and he also brought poor, less well-off, and largely uneducated people from rural areas to take their place in the city schools and universities. One side of my Chinese family was screwed over by this (city folks sent to the countryside) and the other side of my Chinese family benefitted immensely from this (rural people sent to the city). Having been a labourer in a western country, it's obvious that hard labour is underappreciated and underpaid in western societies (and in China as well), and this is due to an inability for those better off people to relate to the lower status people in society. So it's easy to understand what Mao was trying to do with this policy.

  22. At 16:00 you turned into a biggot. During the Cultural Revolution the economy grew at an average rate of 5.5% which is much higher than at any time in U.S. history. The "lost" generation began the process of lifting the Chinese nation out of poverty and they are mostly now retired because they created a social system wherein they could retire. Who gives a crap if they want to relax in their retirement. You should consider your own judgement before spouting off like that.

  23. Whenever I watch you riding through what I assume is an urban landscape (in Taiwan?) I've noticed that many city streets don't have footpaths. Do pedestrians have to use the main thoroughfare to get around?

  24. Strange that Mao is still revered (at least, officially).
    Does nobody think (and say): "This guy was a total arse hole"?

  25. please visit the location of the chinese Tesla gigfactory. It would be an awesome video for the channel, and talk about ADV's opinion of EVs

  26. I remember reading a western historian back in the 1980s, I forget his name at the moment, but he said at one point "We will never fathom the depth of chaos in China during the Cultural Revolution". That was a time when the elite, the leaders, the professors, the doctors, anyone with technical knowledge was sent to the rice paddies. The result being the entire country was in the hands of incredibly inept people…

    This was the time that Ai Weiwei's father, who was a party member in Mao's inner circle, was banished to a northern province close to the Mongolian border. He was sent there because as an esteemed poet, he had written a poem about a gardner who he criticized for only taking care of the roses, ignoring the rest of the flowers. Mao took exception to the poem, and banished him. This was the environment that Ai Weiwei grew up in, living in a salt cave. The result was that Ai Weiwei taught himself to build furniture, and became a master of it. When Mao died, his father was permitted to return to the cities. Ai Weiwei at that point told his parents that he was leaving the country, and he moved to New York City. In that city, he contacted all the major players in art and philosophy. He witnessed the televised Iran/Contra Hearings in Congress, and was fascinated by a government that was criticizing itself. He was in NYC for like a decade, until around the time of Tianamin Square, his father became ill. So Ai Weiwei returned to China, and was able to be with his father for the last three years of his life. At that point his father was quite esteemed within the culture. His father told Ai Weiwei, "This is your home, don't be polite", speaking of toward the government. So the government asked Ai Weiwei to design the Bird Nest Stadium for the Olympics, which he did. But then he began to publicly criticize the government for using the Olympics to hide its oppression. That of course went over like a fart in church…

  27. every country has its deplorable "trump generation", which is more about quality of education than national history. it may even be partially genetic, which means that democracy in china would probably be very dangerous as the proportional size of their deplorables is greater than the entire population of america.

  28. Gosh! I could have sworn that this conversation was about American liberals and millennials who by the way, love Mao. The United States of America's Progressive Democrats want America to be run on the Chinese model of Communism.

  29. Mao destroyed China and then blocked the people from realizing its ramifications.. they are only now realizing or seeing the horror of what happened but their priorities are skewed…sadly the effects of the 20th century are irreparable, and have created a money hungry, selfish and Godless people with no soul, no heart, no compassion, and a nationalistic racism so deeply ingrained that the whole world is truly in danger of their potential cruelty. China needs God like mankind needs oxygen but there are gatekeepers in place to keep them spiritually suffocating.

  30. I always wondered what the great leap forward resulted in. I have heard of 30 million people starved to death. Now I've heard this. and that the little red book generation is in charge, too…
    right now. Combined that explains a lot.

  31. I know this probably wont be seen because this video was posted so long ago, but I would love for you guys to show what a Chinese school is like. Or maybe what University is like? Great video either way! Cheers 😁

  32. I'm revisiting this video. You might say that our educational system and corporate advertising system has DRUMMED some things into our heads over here in the west (USA in my case)

  33. @ADVChina I watched all your videos and overall I have to say they are mostly great – this video in particular is superb and overall a gem of informative opinions. Great job guys

  34. Alright I have to agree that Mao had an awful effect on the country (65 million dead, millions more oppressed, destruction of ancient Chinese culture), I have to disagree with many parts of this video. There's nothing wrong with nationalism and I'd argue that the world in general has become to international. In fact we in the west have been brainwashed in our education system the exact opposite with Cultural Marxism, Cultural Relativism, mass immigration, multiculturalism, and all this other nonsense that's destroying our cultures. That's why many parts of Europe are going down the more nationalist route. There are many different forms of nationalism and we in the western world need to start embracing our own countries and cultures more and REJECT globalism! Being nationalist doesn't make you uneducated or stupid Winston.

  35. My first Chinese teacher was from the "lost generation". He was a nice and hard working person, so I think not everybody in this generation is a lost cause.

  36. Mao was definitely the worst thing to happen to China within the past century. I hope Xi doesn't bring China back to the 60's and 70's and I hope the younger generation in China can realize that almost not a single person in Japan today was involved in what happened in Nanking.

  37. Gentlemen, don't confuse Gulags with collective farming. Gulag was forced labor comprised of political prisoners and criminals, while collective farms were full of brainwashed idiots.

  38. 3:20 Chairman Mao tells China it's 'cool to be poor'….words from a guy who during this period lived in total luxury and not like someone poor whatsoever.

  39. I am Chinese and what you guys said are absolutely right. This generation are poorly educated and most of them didn't have an ideology of law.

  40. You're actually referring to the generation that forms the main backbone of China's workforce when it opened up. Out of whatever of the nothingness they had they shed their sweat of brow to build almost everything we see in China today. People like my father who is very intelligent and capable but also very conservative and patriarchal did (ultimately) cause lots of troubles, but still they have my respect. Be it not for them I won't be forced use a VPN to comment here; but be it not for them, I might not be able to comment at all.

  41. Guys, I want to ask, is it safe to talk this kind topic in China? I'm Chinese overseas that never live in Mainland and hold other country citizenship. Yea we hear about censorship in China. I just want to know about that coz will take a degree soon in Nanjing. Thank you~

  42. Look at all that plastic waste on the side of the river. These people have 0 respect for the environment, or anything actually.

  43. I will do the politics part so you don't have to… Just think about the SJW and other American nitwits like AOC and Bernie, and their Useful Idiots, who are calling for socialism and communism. They don't know history. They ARE in fact ignorant.They want to create a lost generation here to the USA. Sheesh! Good analysis and video guys.

  44. I am glad about your optimism but you are not living reality. The younger generation is just as arrogant. Just look at the 50 cent army of propagandists. I realize they are getting paid for there dirty deeds but they are still loyal to the CCP.

    I do realize that you have to skirt sensitive issues and often self censor but It would be good to have a candid conversation of your thoughts. I do remember in one of your videos were you made the claim that westerners are generally honest in business and often get scammed. I think you are a product of that phonominum in your optimism.

    Just like in many countries, Youth are very liberal when young but die very conservative.

  45. When the guys are riding around everything looks like a crappy rabbit warren, things are old and run down, the cities with the tall blade runner skylines are the exception to the rule of peasant towns of shitty rural poverty.

  46. You guys are awesome, you make such entertaining videos, the hair on the back of ym neck always stands up when i hear the intro, because i know im about to watch a good video. I got promoted at work and the new responsibilities are very stressful, i find this good for taking my mind off things. Cheers from a drunk canadian. 🙂

  47. Well society mean WE … you own a company to grow pigs and make money just to sell on those people who are in society and have something to eat… if they are not there.. you have nothing to contribute in society for .. so yeah.. learn more everyday^__^

  48. My roommate and his friends went through the Cultural Revolution. This was in California in 1983. At the time my girlfriend, whose parents left China in the late 1940s, had never been out of California, so her image of China was from these parents from a country town not far from present day Shenzhen.

    The first day she met him, she was hopeful that he would understand her tensions with her parents. Instead, he laughed out loud, saying "That's the countryside from 100 years ago!" In fact they were describing 35 years before.

    Since then another 35 years have passed and your Vivi's comment about the "difference between me and my parents are like the difference between you and your grandmother" rings true.
    I'm really enjoying your videos.

  49. Are you allowed to go against your in law's & dress your child as you want or must you follow tradition wether you like it or not 🇿🇦🇺🇸 xx

  50. Communism just doesn’t work, especially the type of communism China uses. Notice the leaders are all rich and have all the extras! China criticizes other countries but they should look at what they did in the “great leap forward “ Untold millions died and why? They are doing the same things today with government approval. Makes no sense!

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