The Youth Element: A Podcast Series on East Asia’s Millennials

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' - LISTEN NOW

Ep 4: Beyond Sunflowers and Umbrellas: Social Movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan - LISTEN NOW

Ep 5: Politically Charged Youth in South Korea - LISTEN NOW

Ep 6: Consumption or Happiness in Uncertain Times - LISTEN NOW

Ep 7: Visions of the Future - LISTEN NOW

Special Episode: Talking Asia with Canadian Millennials - LISTEN NOW

The views expressed here are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Linda Qian

Linda Qian is a Post-Graduate Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and a graduate from the University of Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.

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