Asia's Growing Generation Gap: Causes and Consequences


Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 4:15pm to 6:15pm


Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Harvard-Yenching Institute Annual Roundtable Forum, co-sponsored with the Asia Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Korea Institute and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

Haejoang Cho, Emerita Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Yonsei University
Ishida Hiroshi, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Teresa Kuan, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shen Yifei, Department of Sociology, Fudan University, China

Moderated by Elizabeth J. Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute

This roundtable aims to exchange ideas about the sources and possible significance of generational differences in contemporary Asia. We hope to discuss the question of how recent trends in social media, popular culture, education, demography, labor markets, etc., have led to differences in identity and outlook between young people and their parents in various Asian countries, and what the future impact of such generational differences may be. Are the younger generations of different Asian countries being drawn closer together by shared technology and popular culture, or are they being pushed further apart by growing nationalism, for example? 

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