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Eric Fish

Based in New York City, New York, USA

  • Author of China’s Millennials: The Want Generation
  • Journalist focused on politics and social issues, particularly related to Chinese youth.
  • Writer at Asia Society and host of the Asia Society Podcast.
  • Author of China’s Millennials: The Want Generation
  • Journalist focused on politics and social issues, particularly related to Chinese youth.
  • Writer at Asia Society and host of the Asia Society Podcast.

Eric FISH is a journalist and author who was based in China from 2007-2014.

His book, China’s Millennials: The Want Generation (2015), explores how Chinese youth are navigating the enormous socioeconomic and political shifts unfolding in their country. Based on interviews with scholars, journalists, and hundreds of Chinese born in the late 1980s and 1990s, it challenges the idea that China’s youth have been pacified by material comforts and nationalism.

Fish first moved to China as a university teacher in Nanjing, then went on to study at Tsinghua University alongside Chinese journalism students that would later become reporters at outlets including People’s Daily, Xinhua, CCTV, Caixin and Southern Weekend. He worked at the independent Chinese newspaper Economic Observer during a two year period coinciding with the once-per-decade Communist Party leadership transition, which yielded a far-reaching crackdown on critical reporting throughout the country.

As a journalist in Beijing, Fish wrote extensively on youth, politics, education, religion, and social issues in China for outlets including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Telegraph, and The Diplomat. He has appeared or been cited in Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Bloomberg, NPR, CNN, Foreign Policy, Time, The Guardian, South China Morning Post, and Quartz, among others. He currently writes and hosts a podcast on sociopolitical issues throughout Asia for Asia Society in New York and is researching a book about Chinese students in the United States.

  • Chinese youth
  • Social issues affecting young Chinese (gender imbalance, wealth inequality, aging population, gender inequality, religion, individualism)
  • Economic issues affecting young Chinese (unemployment, entrepreneurship, consumption, labor issues)
  • Youth activism
  • Higher education in China
  • Struggle, disillusionment and rebellion among Chinese youth

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Eric Fish book
China’s Millenials: The Want Generation

 

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