THOUGHT PROVOKING JOURNALISM
ON AIR AND ONLINE
Young and Restless in China:
- Why do you think Miranda Hong describes her generation of Chinese as "confused"?
- Why do you think the Chinese government has nicknamed the young people coming home from abroad "returning turtles?"
- How do you think their work or educational experiences abroad have affected their ambitions in China?
- Why do you think these young people have returned to China?
- In what ways do you think Ben Wu, the entrepreneur launching the Internet cafe, is representative of the "new" China?
- What do you think are important historical, social or economic factors that have shaped the outlook of the Chinese generation profiled in the film?
- What do you think are important historical, social or economic factors that have shaped earlier generations in China?
- What differences or similarities do you see between these two generations?
- Why do you think that several of the profiled characters have turned to religion or spiritual outlets?
- Lu Dong likens Chinese ambition to a poor kid going into a candy store and grabbing too much candy because he has been hungry for so long.
- Is this an apt analogy about China?
- Propose another analogy to describe Chinese ambition.
- To what extent are the struggles of the rapper, Wang Xiaolei, unique as a Chinese artist?
- Do you think that his life is typical of artists elsewhere? Explain your position.
- Who do you think is the happiest of the young people profiled in this documentary and why?
- Why do you think FRONTLINE producers named this program Young & Restless In China?
- Do you think this is an appropriate title? Why or why not?
- What other titles would aptly describe this program?