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Charting Their Own Course: Resources for Teaching about China’s Youth

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By Mary Cingcade

I begin this review of resources for secondary teaching about youth culture in China with a bit of encouragement. To those for whom the mere mention of “youth culture” evokes an unknowable world inhabited by unforgiving digital natives, fear not. Early in my survey of resources, I realized that to do this topic justice, you must cede certain ground to your high school students—doing so will pay dividends in your classroom. If you provide the perspective on China’s youth and allow students to do the bulk of the exploring, you will illuminate major issues in China today while satisfying students’ desire to uncover trends among their peers.