Idols for the young

Who are the most ad­mired in­di­vid­u­als among Shang­hai’s post-2000 gen­er­a­tion?

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE -

Are­search re­port on the fa­vorite idols of Shang­hai cit­i­zens born af­ter the year 2000 con­ducted by re­searcher Yang Xiong from the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences was re­leased on Mon­day, Shang­hai Ob­server re­ported. The re­port was based on a study cov­er­ing all pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in Shang­hai between Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber of this year.

At a sem­i­nar to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of China’s re­form and open­ing-up on Mon­day, Yang shared some in­ter­est­ing high­lights of the re­sults of his work. No­tably, ac­cord­ing to Yang, Chi­nese po­lit­i­cal leaders in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, the late Chair­man Mao Ze­dong, for­mer Premier Zhou En­lai and for­mer leader Deng Xiaop­ing topped the list of most ad­mired in­di­vid­u­als among mil­len­nial stu­dents in Shang­hai. Chi­nese sci­en­tists, writ­ers and en­trepreneurs were in the top-15, in­clud­ing

Jack Ma Yun, founder of Alibaba

Group, sci­en­tists

Qian Xue­sen and Yuan Long­ping, fa­mous Chi­nese writer Lu Xun and even Western physicist Al­bert Ein­stein. Some con­tem­po­rary celebri­ties also made the list, in­clud­ing Wang Yuan and Yiyang Qianxi, who are mem­bers of the boy­band TFBoys.

Yang be­lieves idols can have a big im­pact on the val­ues of to­day’s youth. By an­a­lyz­ing idols of younger gen­er­a­tions of Chi­nese, so­ci­ety can gain deeper in­sight into the morals and ethics of to­day’s stu­dents. No­tably, Chi­nese po­lit­i­cal leaders hold an im­por­tant place in the hearts of the post-2000 gen­er­a­tion of Chi­nese, which re­flects that to­day’s youth ap­pre­ci­ate China’s vast im­prove­ments un­der the guid­ance of their lead­er­ship, Yang said.

The fu­ture of so­ci­ety

Pop stars such as singers, movie stars, ath­letes and even on­line stream­ing hosts ac­count for 30 per­cent of the top-100. No­tably, young male celebri­ties are a prom­i­nent group of ad­mired in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing Wang Yuan (top 13), Yiyang Qianxi (top 14), Hua Chenyu (top 17), Wang Junkai (top 23), Li Yifeng and Lu Han.

The re­search found that an­cient Chi­nese politi­cians and ide­ol­o­gists, such

as Qu Yuan and

Yue Fei, are not so hot among mod­ern-day youth. Also, not many sci­en­tists made the top-50; only the most well-known, such as Qian Xue­sen, Yuan Long­ping, Stephen Hawk­ing and Al­bert Ein­stein, were in­cluded. Like­wise, not many writ­ers and po­ets were in the top 50; only four: Su Shi, Bing Xin, Li Bai and Jin Yong.

In­ter­est­ingly, many Chi­nese stu­dents men­tioned that their teach­ers are also their idols. This shows that ed­u­ca­tors are seen as role mod­els and have a huge im­pact on the lives and think­ing of to­day’s youth. Mean­while, three suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs in the IT field ap­peared on the list: Jack Ma Yun, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. The ex­pe­ri­ences, suc­cesses and achieve­ments of these en­trepreneurs in­spire to­day’s Chi­nese young peo­ple to make bold choices in their ca­reer paths, Yang said.

Yang also pointed out that idols dur­ing one’s teenage years tend to have a very im­por­tant in­flu­ence on their fu­ture adult life. Since present-day teenagers are the next gen­er­a­tion of our so­ci­ety, Yang called on all schools, fam­i­lies and so­ci­ety as a whole to guide Chi­nese youth to­ward more pos­i­tive role mod­els and idols.

The story was trans­lated based on a re­port by Shang­hai Ob­server.

Photo: VCG

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