Four years ago, many young Chinese liked to use hashtags #Amazing China..
Two years ago they Said China is an “A” student of anti-pandemic measures, urging other countries in the world, especially the United States, to “imitate China’s homework.”
Many now believe that it is the unluckiest generation of Beijing since the 1980s. Permanent pursuit One of the Zero Corona policies is causing havoc. Finding a job is difficult. Frequent Covid tests determine their lives.The government is increasingly imposing limit About their personal freedom, encouraging them to marry and give birth to more children.
“I can’t stand the idea that I have to die here,” said Cheng Xinyu, a 19-year-old writer in Chengdu, a city in southwestern China who is thinking of moving abroad before the government’s iron. .. Her fist falls on her.
She can’t even imagine having a child in China.
“I like children, but I don’t dare to bring them here because I can’t protect them,” she said. The key to the door lock in their apartment.
Mr. Chen said, “Carry out philosophy“Runxue” preaches to escape from China in search of a safer and brighter future.She reposted her and millions of others video If the young man refused to go to the quarantine camp, his family opposed police officers who warned that they would be punished for three generations. “This will be our last generation,” he told police.
His reaction later became an online meme that was discontinued. Many young people sympathized with the feeling, saying they hesitated to give birth under an increasingly authoritarian government.
“Not taking children to this country, this country, would be the most charitable act I can manage,” Weibo users wrote before being censored under the hashtag #thelastgeneration. .. “As ordinary people who are not eligible for personal dignity, our reproductive organs will be our last resort,” another Weibo user wrote.
“Management Philosophy” and “Last Generation” are the cry of a rally for many young Chinese in their 20s and 30s who are desperate for their country and the future. They join the workforce, get married, and decide whether to have a child in one of the darkest moments in the country in decades. Some are censored, politically oppressed, and are considering voting on their own feet, while others want to protest by not having children.
This is a good starting point for members of the generation previously known for them. Nationalist tendency..
They grew as China became the world’s second-largest economy. They deceived critics of Beijing’s human rights record and boycott Many Western brands for the perceived few of their homeland.
Sometimes they complained about them Tight work schedule Lack with Upward social mobility..But if they weren’t sure about their future, they were convinced that China would be great again — as their top leader. promised..
This spring, the government has failed to fulfill its promises, and it is becoming increasingly clear that the states have different expectations for their lives.
new Research Of the more than 20,000 people, mainly women between the ages of 18 and 31 have found that two-thirds do not want to have children.The government has another agenda and tells people 3 children To rejuvenate one of the world’s most aging people.
Doris Wang, a young expert in Shanghai, said he had never planned to have a child in China. She reaffirmed her decision by surviving a severe blockade over the past two months. Children should be playing in nature and with each other, but they were trapped in an apartment, repeated Covid tests, yelled at by pandemic workers, and heard harsh announcements from speakers on the street. increase.
“Children, not to mention, even adults feel very depressed, hopeless and unhealthy,” she said. “They definitely have psychological problems to deal with when they grow up.” She said she would move to a western country so she could have a normal life and dignity. He said he was planning.
Further exacerbating frustration, the headlines are full of bad news about work. There are records that there are more than 10 million university graduates in China this year. However, many companies are dismissing workers or freezing personnel as they seek to overcome blockades and crackdowns on regulations.
Zhaopin.com, job site, found The employment outlook index for the first quarter of this year is about half that of the same period last year, even lower than when the coronavirus first occurred in 2020. Graduates who sign the offer are paid an average of 12% less per month.Last year, the company report..
More and more college graduates are enrolling in graduate school and passing the increasingly competitive civil service exam to get a safe government job.
According to the government, in April, two-thirds of the 131 new civil servants in Chaoyang District of Beijing received a master’s or doctoral degree. DocumentReflecting the increase Trend. They have graduated from top universities in China and around the world, including Peking University, University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney, Imperial College London. Many of them will be doing the most basic government jobs that were once filled by high school graduates.
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According to the report, the person who holds a PhD in particle physics from Peking University will be the city manager, or Naruseki.Naruseki Most cursed An official known for brutal begging, chasing street sellers, and helping people destroy their homes. The contrast is too dark.
One of the bright spots in the employment market is the Covid test. As Beijing sticks to the Zero-COVID policy, local governments need a lot of staff to staff a large number of test stations.Henan Province in Central China Said In January, we plan to train 50,000 people this year on Covid’s testing, disinfection, and public health management.But even government-run news sites Asked What kind of career prospects did these jobs show after the pandemic?
For young Chinese, increasingly stricter social controls are just as depressing.
Some students in Changchun, northeastern Jilin, complained on social media that they couldn’t take a shower for more than 40 days because the city was closed and they couldn’t access the public baths.
According to a system review document reviewed by the New York Times, Tongji University in Shanghai, known for its engineering and construction programs, has given detailed instructions on how to use mobile-based queuing systems for toilets and washrooms.
According to the instructions, each student should press “Start” when leaving the dorm to go to the bathroom and press “Stop” when returning to avoid having two people in the hallway at the same time. Each toilet is allowed to run for up to 10 minutes. Eight minutes later, the others in line were able to digitally poke the students in the bathroom. After 10 minutes, the student needs to explain to the queuing group why it took so long.
Some of the social control mechanisms were never lifted.
In 2020, Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University developed a tracking system that requires students to register their health status and real-time location every day. This is similar to a system developed by some countries, including South Korea, to monitor travelers’ short-term home and hotel quarantine. Fudan University students had to enroll in the system every day, even during the year and a half when there were few infections in China. According to the step-by-step registration process reviewed by the New York Times, you will not be allowed access to the campus otherwise.
Universities are less tolerant of acts of disobedience.
Sun Jian, a graduate student at Ludong University in eastern Shandong, was banished in late March after walking around the campus with a sign saying “Unlock It.” He was also warned by police for disturbing public order and morals.
A college student in Shanghai told me that her adviser was able to track her for an important Weibo comment she made about the blockade, even though she used a pseudonym. She was told to delete her post.
It is impossible to measure the number of young Chinese disillusioned with government Tekken in a recent blockade that has affected hundreds of millions of people. Beijing has complete control over advertising agencies, the Internet, textbooks, schools, and almost every aspect of the Chinese people’s brainwaves.
But it’s no wonder that the magic of online is unraveling. And people will always find a way out of oppression. In “1984,” Winston wrote his diary. In “Unbearable Lightness,” Tomasz and Teresa moved to the countryside.
“When you realize that you have no ability to counterattack national institutions as an individual, your only way is to run,” said Wang, a young expert in Shanghai.