Young & Restless in China
China is a country of young people and the new generation is coming of age, full of hope, energy and ambition. Young people are driving China's blazing economy and grappling with huge challenges and changes. When today's young adults were children, families in China needed ration tickets to buy simple things like clothes and groceries. Since the 1990's, the economy and culture of the country has been transformed. Once a country dominated by a nearly spiritual belief in Maoism, young adults in China today want to grab the new opportunities, get rich as fast as they can and live "the good life." Nine young people from across the country are followed for four years, as they pursue their hopes and dreams for success and as they encounter conflict, love, success and confusion. Whether it's defying eastern cultural traditions in pursuit of more western values, struggling through the (often dirty) government protocols trying to start a new business, fighting for the rights of others as an environmental lawyer, the young people profiled are caught between the bonds of their nation's history and their own quest for a very different future.
Wei Zhanyan, Wang Xiaolei, Zhang Jingjing, Xu Weimin, Zhang Yao, Yang Haiyan, Miranda Hong, Ben Wu, Lu Dong, Alexandra Lydon, Chris Cook, Tim Hopper, Kate Middleton, Columbia McCaleb, Debra Sperling, Eric Forman, Ming-Na Wen, Will Lyman