Asia’s Growing Generation Gap: Causes and Consequences

Mar 27 4:15–6:15pm
S020 (Belfer Case Study Room), CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Harvard-Yenching Institute Annual Roundtable 
Co-sponsored with the Asia Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Korea Institute and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Prof. Cho Haejoang, Emerita, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Yonsei University, Korea
Prof. Ishida Hiroshi, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof. Teresa Kuan, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof. Shen Yifei, Department of Sociology, Fudan University, China
Elizabeth Perry (Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute)
Reception to follow

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?