Welcome to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s new podcast series about youth cultures in East Asia. Over the next several weeks, join co-hosts Justin Kwan and Linda Qian as they travel across five cities in East Asia: Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul, to listen to the voices of millennials and learn more about contemporary East Asia through their views and the stories of their own lives.
The Youth Element is now available on iTunes and Google Play Music!
The Youth Element Trailer
Why Focus on East Asian Youth? There is plenty of information available on the subject of East Asian youth and youth cultures, but it tends to focus on analyzing and generalizing youth behaviours, values, and consumer preferences. Young people are spoken for, spoken to, but are rarely speaking for themselves about their views on society and their role in the world. As we step into the future, youth will increasingly form the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, scholars, parents, and, of course, citizens. These citizens will have a stake in their own communities, and also in this incredibly interconnected, globalized world.
This is where The Youth Element enters the conversation.
The Youth Element is a podcast produced by youth representing youth. Instead of trying to understand “East Asian youth” as a singular category of analysis, Justin and Linda put the microphone directly into the hands of their millennial counterparts to make sense of the bigger questions around society, culture, politics, economics, national defence, and even geopolitics – and all through the narrated stories of youth and their everyday realities, challenges, and motivations living as citizens in their respective communities.
To listen to other episodes in The Youth Element series, click on the links below:
Ep 1: Young Beginnings: Nostalgia, Youth, and School - LISTEN NOW
Ep 2: Military Service: National Duty or Nuisance? - LISTEN NOW
Ep 3: Japanese Politics: The 'Allergic Reaction' - COMING SEPTEMBER 28
Ep 4: Beyond Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan - COMING OCTOBER 5
Ep 5: Politically Charged Youth in South Korea - COMING OCTOBER 12
Ep 6: Consumption or Happiness in Austerity - COMING OCTOBER 19
Ep 7: The Rise of China's 'Boring Economy' - COMING OCTOBER 26
Ep 8: Visions of the Future - COMING NOVEMBER 2
*Note: Titles and release dates are subject to change.