China does not have a “breaking generation”

Only generations of "never bending young backbone"

Drawing: Cheng Can

In the past two or three decades, the “Beat Generation” has been placed on the heads of the 1980s, 1990s and 00s in China, and in the past two months or so, many young people have been able to find out from the crisis in Wuhan People, prove how absurd this title is.

There is no generation of Chinese who understand globalization and the "community of human destiny" better than they were. When these people were young, China joined the World Trade Organization. After a while, they witnessed the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai World Expo again. They are villagers of the "global village" and grew up in a prosperous country.

A foreign scholar commented on this generation of Chinese youth: they are not "little emperors". "Perhaps we know very little about this generation of people, and we haven't really seen the innate Chinese spirit in this generation of young people."


Facts have proved that there is no “breaking generation” in China.

Over the past two or three decades, the "Broken Generation", an imported "hat" that has long deviated from its original intention, has been installed on the heads of China's 1980s, 1990s and 00s. In the past two months or so, Wuhan has been able to find many young people from the crisis, proving how absurd this title is.

For well-known reasons, those youthful faces were obscured by masks, but they completed an impressive collective appearance.

After the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, people faced young volunteers in earthquake-stricken areas. They lamented that "the youngest generation in the 1980s has also become the backbone." This time, the new coronavirus spawned a new catchphrase, "It's 90's turn to protect everyone later."

"Wearing protective clothing, I am not a child." Liu Jiayi, a nurse who supported from Guangdong to Wuhan, said. She was one of the "millennial babies" born in 2000, and the longest period of time in Wuhan when she was away from home.

There are again and again, not again and again, and the stereotypes and intergenerational discrimination marked by the "Battered Generation" can "end their lives"!

Zheng Xiangyu, a doctoral student at Tsinghua University, pointed out that since the 1980s, every 10 years in China, a generation has been called the "breaking generation". In fact, China has never had a "breaking generation", only a generation. The backbone of a young man who never bends. " He said that this generation of young people does not act as the “spectators and visitors” of the era, but instead speaks for themselves and defines the era with the passion and enthusiasm that speak louder than words.

"I will be there when the country needs it"

Cao Wei, a doctor at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital who supported Wuhan, said that when the SARS outbreak broke out in 2003, she was a medical student and a "protected person". This time she was proud to go to Wuhan "to fight for the people and the country."

She emphasized her respect for the younger nurses-most of them were born in the 1990s and had only distant memories of SARS, "but when the virus hit, they all stood up."

Every medical team dispatched to Hubei urgently can find the story of "stand out"-the registration of "Solitaire" in WeChat group can be displayed. Many young people unanimously emphasized their "advantages": "unmarried, unborn, healthy parents, no burden at home."

"In 2003, I was just a first grader in elementary school. At that time, I was protected by a group of unknown medical staff; now I become that medical staff to protect other people who I don't know." Xu Haoyuan, a nurse at Wuhan Union Hospital, kept a diary Said.

Xu Haoyuan ’s grandfather passed away in February, and she could n’t go home to say goodbye, only to mourn in her diary. At the Vulcan Hill Hospital, Wu Yaling, a nurse sent by the military to receive reinforcements, received news of her mother's death and could only bow in tears toward her hometown.

23-year-old Zheng Yihuan drove from Ningbo to Wuhan and resigned, taking all his belongings-bedding, washbasin, clothes, shoes, instant noodles and water. He is from Gansu. He originally worked as a nurse in a private hospital in Ningbo. He read the recruitment notice of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital from the Internet and submitted his resume.

On February 16, Zheng Yihuan received a phone call from Wuchang Hospital and asked him whether he can come over now. At that time, the hospital was in a critical situation. Dean Liu Zhiming sacrificed two days later for new coronary pneumonia.

Zheng Yihuan decided to go to Wuhan. In his resignation application, he said: "The country is at the forefront and it is the responsibility of everybody. As the current epidemic situation, as a medical worker, it is more responsibility to support the frontline. This is the responsibility and obligation of a citizen, and it should be an adult Social responsibility and responsibility. "

Relatives and friends advised him not to go. He admits that he hopes to leave a mark in his life. He will recall how many years later, when the people of the whole country supported Wuhan, he was one of them. "When the country needs it, I will be there."

The new colleague expressed surprise or admiration for him. But in Wuchang Hospital, there are 4 post-90s similar to him, from Henan, Shanxi, Shandong and Guangdong.

He told reporters from China Youth Daily and China Youth Daily that this is what young people are now. They are self-willed. "If you want to do it, you will find a way to do it, and you will do what you want to do without thinking so much."

The 20s are the busiest stage of life, and there are many important events in life to be completed. When going to Wuhan, some people said goodbye to their newly born children, and some people delayed their marriage. On February 28, Wuhan Thunder Mountain Hospital held a "field wedding" for nurses Yu Jinghai and Zhou Lingyi from Shanghai. Their wedding date is February 28, and their wedding photos have been taken. On the day of the "Fengcheng" in Wuhan on January 23, they received a notice to form a medical team on the way back to their hometown for the New Year.

"Battlefield weddings" are much more shabby, with only a bunch of flowers lasting less than 20 minutes. The wedding rings are tied with ribbons. Witnesses emphasize that they "use protective clothing as a wedding dress." But this said to the newcomers under the mask that they will never forget.

"In a word-the country is in trouble, the brave go." Zhou Lingyi recalled that he wanted to "help" at the time, and such small things as weddings "can be said."

Adult gift after 90

Among the medical staff supporting Wuhan, about 1/3 are born after 90 and after 00. Ding Xiangyang, a member of the Central Steering Group and deputy secretary general of the State Council, said of these figures: "These young doctors and nurses have proved their responsibility, responsibility and value by action. The children in the eyes of parents yesterday have become a new era today. The backbone of the Republic has become the pride and hope of our country. "

Before the arrival of foreign aid, the local medical staff in Wuhan was already desperate. These people bear the brunt of the “saturation shock” of the surge in diagnosis and treatment during the epidemic outbreak in Wuhan.

The hat of the "Beat Generation" was first thrown away by young medical staff who had sweated, shed tears, bleed, or even desperately.

According to Ding Xiangyang, in the early stage of the outbreak, more than 3,000 medical personnel were infected in Hubei Province. Beijing ByteDance Company donated to the China Red Cross Foundation to set up a humanitarian relief fund for medical workers, and conducted big data analysis on more than 2,900 infected people who have funded it. The largest proportion is after 80s, close to 40%, and after 90s, nearly 30%.

One of the youngest infected persons was born in September 2000, under 20 years old, and is a nurse in Wuhan.

The Hubei Provincial People ’s Government first criticized the 14 front line martyrs for the prevention and control of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic. The youngest two, Dr. Xia Sisi and Dr. Peng Yinhua, were only 29 years old.

On January 14, Xia Sisi received a patient during the night shift. On the way home from the night shift, she learned that the patient's test result was highly suspected of new coronary pneumonia and immediately returned to the hospital. This is the direct cause of her infection. After the death of Dr. Peng Yinhua, there were still unissued wedding invitations in the drawer. His wedding is scheduled for February 1. They all had an "excuse" to hide aside.

Dr. Wu Shilei, Xia Sisi's husband, told reporters that his wife was ordinary, but she was very brave in the epidemic and was "a performance of a hero."

He said that he would take good care of the elderly, raise children to adults, and inherit his wife's will.

"We used to say that we should grow old together and raise our children." He was sad.

Zhu Chouwen, vice president of Shanghai Zhongshan Hospital, is the leader of a 130-person medical team. The youngest member of his team has only two and a half years of work experience. But the team leader felt sorry for his classmates at the university. These people are excellent and trustworthy.

A nurse in the team could not help vomiting in the isolation ward. If the mask is removed, he may be infected with new coronary pneumonia; if he accidentally inhales vomit, he may suffer from aspiration pneumonia. He calmed down immediately and made a gesture to exit the ward.

Zhu Chouwen commented on reporters that the younger generation of medical staff is not a blank piece of paper, but has started life at a high starting point.

"The epidemic, let us see that the post-90s have grown up." A college student in Nanjing described his feelings. He shared a courseware in an online study titled "The Epidemic, the Ceremony of Adulthood after 90". It quotes the famous quote of writer Lu Xun: "May the Chinese youth get rid of the air-conditioner and just walk up, without having to listen to the words of the self-violent and self-abandoned people. The things that can do things, the sounds that can make sound, there is a bit of heat, a light, it makes fireflies Or you can shine a little light in the darkness without waiting for the torch. "

"Soul Painter"

The adult ceremony for these people is done in diapers and protective clothing-due to the inconvenience of wearing protective clothing for a long time, it is inconvenient to go to the toilet. Many medical staff have a record of "wearing diapers" in the Wuhan diary. They brought them to Wuhan's luggage, and diapers are a must-have.

The protective clothing that "burns after use" has exposed the personality characteristics of contemporary young people.

Protective clothing needs to be written on it in order to identify each other. The "soul painters" gave full play to their creativity and spirit of making fun.

There is no generation of Chinese who understand globalization and the "community of human destiny" better than they were. When these people were young, China joined the World Trade Organization. After a while, they witnessed the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai World Expo again. They are villagers of the "global village" and grew up in a prosperous country. They were born in comfort, pursue comfort and trends, and consume famous brands, so the uniform protective clothing will be painted with the unique Chanel and Louis Vuitton brand logos.

Many people are "eaters", with "Zhou Hei Ya", "hot dry noodles" and "milk tea" written on their heads. They feel that they are still "babies", and they will emphasize "the best in Mengmeng", "Ning Ning, come on" or "30 in New Year's Day, don't yell at me." They like anime, and the protective clothing is painted with the virus breaking their wrists. A young man named Zhu Peiqi determined for himself a portrait of "Piglet Peggy" carrying a medicine cabinet and walked around the ward. She explained that "to bring joy to everyone is also a fighting force."

Of course, they also chase the stars, proudly indicating on their chests and backs that they are "wife Hu Ge", "friend Jeremy Lin" or "sister Peng Yuyan" ...

Jeremy Lin, a Chinese star, responded to his "girlfriend" on a social networking site: "Be sure to pay attention to safety, and thank you and your colleagues for fighting with their lives ..."

They advertise. On the day of February 14, a Fujian nurse named Zhu Rui drew 4 hearts on his chest and confessed to his distant lovers: "Shao Meiling, when the epidemic is over, I will marry you!"

They are humorous. An auspicious person inspired colleagues to name “Ruyi”, “Ping An”, “Ronghua”, “Rich Hua”, “Wealth”, and “Jin Bao” in front of the patients ......

On the bed of the most critically ill patient in Wuhan Central Hospital, a reporter from China Youth Daily and China Youth Daily saw that the nurses blew the rubber gloves into a "fat hand" and placed them on the patient's head to avoid pressure sores caused by the pipes. A smiley face was painted on the balloon, saying "Come on", even though the unconscious patient couldn't see it all.

Of course, more than one young man wrote "Sincerely serving the country."

"Wuhan's winter is not cold at all because of the presence of our bloody youth." Xu Yun, a nurse at Shanghai Oriental Hospital, said. She wrote "Undefeated in the East" on her protective clothing, an unpredictable character in martial arts novels.

"Wuhan was suspended by the epidemic. After everyone's efforts, Wuhan is about to restart." Xu Yun, who returned to Shanghai 67 days later, said, "I am very proud that I have contributed."

Not a "hero" or "little emperor"

Even if they fought against each other, they all played lightly. In front of these people, the virus is the "monster" in the game.

At Raytheon Mountain Hospital, nurse Yang Ting from Dalian wrote a letter to her twin sons. She described the virus as a monster and her mother as Ultraman. There are tens of thousands of Ultraman here, and they will definitely win the monster.

She wrote: "Mum hopes that you will grow up like your mother when you are in trouble in the country, regardless of remuneration, regardless of life and death."

Xu Peng, a volunteer of the Blue Sky Rescue Team who rushed from Suzhou to Wuhan, also left a message to the children and said, "Children must be good, Dad goes to Wuhan to fight monsters!" He was unfortunately killed in a car accident while transporting supplies.

Sang Ling, a post-80s doctor in Guangzhou, went to Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital on January 23 when the city was closed. At that time, Jinyintan was at the peak of the consultation. He likened the experience to the game of "Infinite Loop Version of Plants vs. Zombies".

Zhong Nanshan, his teacher and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, commented: "These young people are very promising."

Zhong Xiaofeng, head nurse of the Department of Intensive Medicine of Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital, remembers that a young colleague squatted on the ground and cried after taking off protective clothing one day. She thought something was wrong and asked to know that this colleague had been caring for a patient for more than a month and she was conscious.

The young nurse said, "I think all my hard work and all my work are worth it."

Li Tianjiao, a nurse from Inner Mongolia, believes that this experience has made him more mature. The day of departure to Wuhan was her 24th birthday. Some of the patients she cared for were preparing for the college entrance examination. One of them told her that she didn't want to choose a computer major anymore and had to change to study medicine.

Xu Haoyuan told reporters that she had previously denied her occupation and did not want to be a nurse anymore, mainly because she encountered some difficult patients, even "white-eyed wolf" patients, who were doing dirty work. Going to the front line this time, her professional identity has improved a lot and found that "nurse can be great, like a hero". She also understood more about patients.

She feels that she has changed, will continue to be a nurse, and will become a more patient nurse.

Shanghai nurse Zha Yun remembers that in the shelter hospital she served, an old man could not eat lunch because of bad teeth. She turned to other patients and received a dozen types of unopened milk powder, nutritional powder, porridge and milk in a short time. In another hospital, a patient had to give a N95 mask to the nurse before he was discharged.

Li Niane, a 94-year-old patient, told the "children" who came from Zhejiang to support that she had more than 30,000 yuan in deposits.

Zha Yun said that in fact, she and her colleagues are ordinary people. Supporting Wuhan is the responsibility, just like farmers go to spring farming and workers go to work, there is no difference.

Yang Xue, a post-90s young man in Wuhan, began to pick up and drop off his cousin who was a nurse after the bus stopped, and became a volunteer of the "Guardian Angel" fleet. Once, she was waiting for the traffic lights, a military vehicle next to her lowered the window, and the soldier saw the "Youth Commando" logo on the front of her car and saluted a military salute. At that moment, she felt "shocked".

She admitted that she was not brave from the start. When her cousin made a request for her pick-up, her first reaction was fear and danger.

Hua Yuchen, another post-90s volunteer, said that she lived with her parents and at first cheated her parents that she was on duty and was afraid to take the virus home. Many volunteers have said such kind of lies.

This elementary school music teacher, who had been the driver of the medical staff, also took his temperature at the highway toll station. After she confessed to her parents, her father said sadly that she would do something for her.

She replied: "I am more resistant than you."

In these days, what impressed her was that several farmers from the Wenchuan earthquake-stricken area drove to Wuhan to deliver supplies. They were helped by Wuhan people in the year of the earthquake, and this time they carried a banner "Wenchuan Thanksgiving, Wuhan Xiongqi" on the truck.

"I think that you can feel that kind of shock only by experiencing that scene in person." She said that such moments made her feel not afraid and felt that Wuhan would not lose.

Hua Yuchen said that because of wearing masks, volunteers may not recognize each other even if they meet in the street in the future. She agreed with some people to take off the mask in the future, to re-know and embrace each other.

"Our generation of young people can really take on the important tasks given us by this era." She said.

Sudanese scholar Gafar Khalal Ahmed, who works part-time in multiple academic institutions in China, is very concerned about the behavioral changes of the new generation of Chinese. Chinese friends told him that these people are "little emperors"-a "hat" that began in the 1980s.

He said that when he took the subway in China, he would see young people looking at their valuable mobile phones with their heads down. Many people dyed their hair colorfully, carrying designer bags and wearing high-quality sports shoes. This reminded him of the "little emperor". But this time, when the country faced great challenges, these "little emperors" went into battle without hesitation, put down their beautiful clothes and handbags, and supported Wuhan from all directions.

Recently, in an article written for a newspaper in Egypt, the scholar pointed out that the "little emperor" generation has grown into a strong warrior. They are not "little emperors". "Perhaps we know very little about this generation of people, and we haven't really seen the innate Chinese spirit in this generation of young people."

During the interview, he explained that these people did not grow up in an instant, but "we didn't find out at ordinary times". He believes that this generation will contribute to the stability of China and the world.

We didn't look away

In 1998, a national-level research project survey revealed that most primary and secondary school teachers are not optimistic about students, and 70% of their comments on students are critical and negative.

In 2006, in response to the popular saying that “the post-80s are the collapsed generation”, the China Youth Daily opened a column to organize a discussion on whether the “post-80s are the collapsed generation”.

By 2008, the first batch of post-90s students were admitted to the university. A college freshman survey found that they had strong political enthusiasm, patriotism, and national pride, and were enthusiastic about public welfare. A report titled “Do n’t Frow Your Eyes After Seeing the 90s” published by China Youth Daily at the time said: “These qualities are never suddenly said to have existed, which shows that the post-90s college students are already a very good generation. "

A college teacher studied the post-90s image presented by the China Youth Daily-sampled from the 2008-2010 report, compared with the overall news retrieved from a Chinese search engine during the same period, compared and analyzed, and found that The post-90s images presented in the sample of China Youth Daily have 15 items that are higher than the overall sample to varying degrees, such as strong self-care ability, good psychological quality, good learning attitude, strong social welfare concept and strong sense of social participation.

The conclusion of the study is that the image of the post-90s presented by China Youth Daily is more positive and positive. From the content and standpoint, when reporting on the post-90s, it is "focused on love".

Today, the youngest post-90s are also grown-up, "90s turn to protect everyone later". We can say that we did not look away. China does not have a “breaking generation”.

So many people testify--

On New Year's Eve, Xu Ziyang, a student of China University of Geosciences, decided to follow his father, an engineer, to participate in the construction of Vulcan Hill Hospital.

Next to the construction site is a beautiful lake. Although he was tired and soaked there every day, he felt that all his efforts here were to let people enjoy the other side.

Some relatives and friends praised him as a "little hero", and he opposed this statement. "We who are involved in the construction of Mount Vulcan are just ordinary people, with ordinary families and ordinary friends behind us. We just deeply love this country, this land, and this land. The people we are closely related to ... Because of love, that's all. "

When the father and son entered Wuhan, the inspectors asked them: "Are you sure you want to go in? You can't get out when you get in."

"Okay, understand."

China Youth Daily · China Youth Daily reporter Sun Qingling Zhang Junbin Li Qiang Wang Xinxin Zhang Guo Source: China Youth Daily