Welcome to a special episode of The Youth Element, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s podcast series about youth cultures in Canada and Asia. Join Justin Kwan and special guest host Erin Williams as they talk to Canadian youth about their perceptions of Asia, their thoughts on Canada's engagement with the region, and their own experiences in dynamic Asia.
Special Episode: Talking Asia with Canadian Millennials
Canadian millennials are a complex group. From being described as tech-savvy trendsetters to selfish narcissists, there are a range of differing opinions that describe this generation. Likewise, when it comes to thinking about Canada’s relationship with rising Asia, Canadian youth have a diverse range of opinions on how they think Canada fits into an increasingly Asia-centric world.
Turning our attention to millennials here in Canada, join Justin Kwan and special guest host Erin Williams as they dig deeper into the opinions of Canadian millennials. What is the first country or territory in Asia that comes to their mind? How do they describe Canada’s foreign policy towards the region? Building on APF Canada’s previous 2017 National Opinion Poll, which focused on the views of Canadian millennials through a series of focus-group discussions, we speak to several Canadian millennials and their experiences with the Asia Pacific region – from those with familial ties to Asia, to those who have spent time in the region.
Discover how Canadian youth visualize and think about Asia, Canada’s role on the world stage, and how this might influence our relations with Asia with this new podcast episode.
APF Canada Resources:
- 2017 National Opinion Poll: Canadian Millennial Views on Asia, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, November 28, 2017.
- Eva Busza and Yushu Zhu, "Canada’s Millennials are Ready to Engage with Asia,” The Global and Mail, December 3, 2017.
- Justin Kwan, "ABLAC 2018 to Factor Youth into Strategy for the Future," Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, February 27, 2018.
- Justin Kwan, "Canadian Millennials Seek Closer, but Pragmatic, Connection to Asia," The Vancouver Sun, December 8, 2017.
- Ka Po Kong and Yushu Zhu, "Why are Canadian Millennials More Favourable Toward Asia than Non-millennials?," Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, February 2, 2018.
- AsiaToday, “Asian Millennials: The New Big Spenders in Global Consumer Market,” The Huffington Post.
- Chuck Chiang, “Poll: Canadian millennials more pragmatic, less value-driven when considering engagement with Asia,” Business In Vancouver, November 28, 2017.
- Keith Neuman, "Canada's World Survey 2018," Environics Institute, April 16, 2018.
- Éric Grenier, "The Pollcast: Are millennials now Canada's most important voters?" CBC News, January 18, 2018.
- Graham F. Scott, "Millennials are now the biggest generation in the Canadian workforce," Canadian Business, June 3, 2015.
- Matthews Dobbs, "The rise of young Asia: how millennials are transforming a region" Schroders, November 1, 2017.
- Richard Fry, Ruth Igielnik and Eileen Patten, "How Millennials Today Compare with their Grandparents 50 Years Ago," Pew Research Center, March16, 2018.
- "What we Get Wrong about Millennials," CBC Radio, February 11, 2018.
Justin and Erin's Recommended Books:
- Ben Bland, Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China's Shadow, Penguin Books (December 2017).
- Eric Fish, China's Millennials: The Want Generation, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 2016).
- Jiyeon Kang, Igniting the Internet: Youth and Activism in Postauthoritarian South Korea, University of Hawaii Press (January 2018).
- Somini Sengupta, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young, WW Norton (March 2016).