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  • Are China’s youth breaking away from old conservative values?
  • Are China’s youth breaking away from old conservative values?
    Chris McMillon, Creative Commons (2015) ©

How hedonistic are China’s youth?

A sexual awakening is occurring in China. As young people experiment with sex, drugs and civil disobedience, this shift has shades of the West’s cultural upheaval in the ‘60s. But are conservative values still shackling the majority? And to what extent can China’s youth really cut loose?

Location China

In the summer of 2015, China experienced its first sex tape scandal. The clip, which was leaked on WeChat, raced instantly through the social network, becoming the top trending topic on micro-blogging platform Weibo the following day with 2.5 million searches and posts. [1] In the weeks that followed, t-shirts of the couple appeared for sale on Taobao, and the site of their liaison became a place of pilgrimage for young people, who took turns mimicking the couple’s poses in selfies.

Predictably, the Communist party expressed outrage – “The vulgar video had spread like ...



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