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GRANT WINNER

ANDY HAPPEL

Germany

While the moonlight showers upon my dark robe.

 

Pressure to perform, career, comparatively early marriage. The lives of young Chinese are shaped by conservative ideas of their families and society. However, the most populated country in the world is a fast changing one. The ambience is changing drastically - and so are the people. Many feel overwhelmed and question the traditions of their homes. Instead of living according to their parents’ wishes, they demand self-realisation and self-determination.

 

China's young generation and their attitude towards life are colourful and wide-ranged. In fact, it is a large diversity of very different minded people - and all of them have their own stories to tell. There is however one thing most of them have in common: they have to deal with the pressure and conservative expectations of their families and society. Many have difficulty identifying with the places they are living in. Some people moved abroad and some have adapted. For many it remains difficult to reconcile their own dreams with those of their parents.

 

Frequently people in their mid-twenties return home for the spring festival only to face stressful questioning on why they are not married yet. The traditional ideas of the older generation and the modern concept of the youth have caused a huge social gap. The question is will they find harmony with the world at the end?

 

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