East Asian Youth: Identities and Practices in Public Spaces

East Asian societies have, over the past few decades, undergone dramatic demographic, economic, political and technological transitions. Particularly impacted by these transformations is the younger generation, which experiences differ greatly from earlier generations. Continually exposed to both traditional and modern values and practices, East Asian millennials or members of “Generation Y” (i.e. cohorts born from the 1980s to the early 2000s) have proven particularly active in appropriating old and creating new practices when seeking to shape their identities.

The main objective of this project is to examine the relationship between youth identity construction and public spaces in East Asia. It seeks to understand how public spaces shape East Asian youth identities, how youth use these spaces, what the practices and strategies of appropriation are and how youth active presence in public spaces influence the negotiation of beliefs, values and memory in terms of continuity and change, and shape collective identities.


Vanessa Frangville
Chinese studies
Faculty of Letters, Translation & Communication

Created on August 31, 2018