People inside China and around the world will be affected by the values and intentions of China’s next, rising generation of innovators, disruptors, parents, and citizens. The members of this ‘Want Generation’ were raised in increasing prosperity but now take their place in a country with dire environmental challenges, newly evident corruption problems, and uncertain political prospects. Eric Fish does a wonderful, accessible job of portraying the complexities of this new generation and the mixture of pride and dissatisfaction with which they regard their country and its future.
— James Fallows, The Atlantic, and author of China Airborne
A really terrific book—one that is both entertaining and extremely informative. It brings to light a number of important trends underway in China today that are likely not well appreciated by many outside the country.
— Elizabeth Economy, The Council on Foreign Relations
Through nuanced reporting, Eric Fish offers a meaningful comparison between China’s youth today and the earlier “Tiananmen generation.” The stark differences between them might foretell China’s future.
— Xujun Eberlein, author of Apologies Forthcoming
Eric Fish’s rare and insightful look at China’s millennials provides a first-hand description of a new generation unlike any that has come before it. In telling the personal stories of young people from all over China, Mr. Fish offers an invaluable perspective on a cohort that is becoming an important voice in the country—and one that is bound to play an increasingly key role in China’s present and future.
— Paul J. Mooney, journalist based in China 1994-2012
Eric Fish’s new work, China’s Millennials, chronicles in entertaining, lucid prose the vicissitudes, triumphs, hopes, and prospects of the next generation of one of the world’s most consequential countries. Fish’s field of vision ranges from geopolitics to quotidian concerns, and he handles both well. While no one book can capture a generation of 250m, Fish’s skillful and engaging mix of anecdotes, observation, and evidence should secure this work a place on the shelf of all who wish to understand the rise of China.
— Walter Russell Mead, Bard College, The American Interest
In debunking generational stereotypes, Mr. Fish gives the future of the world’s most populous country a human face. He also outlines a relationship between the youth and the state that is far more nuanced than many have suggested it to be. The question now is how that relationship will play out once the millennials become China’s movers and shakers.
— Wall Street Journal
This well-written book actually makes for an excellent starting point for any company seeking to market to or employ China’s millennials. Through first-hand reporting on the stories of China’s young from all over the country, Fish provides a fascinating road-map on how China’s millennials think. If you are looking to better understand China’s youth, I highly recommend you read this book.
— Dan Harris, China Law Blog