Springtime of Life: Youth in Chinese History


  • Bart Dessein Ghent University
  • Alison Hardie University of Leeds
  • Sascha Klotzbücher University of Vienna, Austria/University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Frank Kraushaar National Library of Latvia/AsiaRes
  • Alexis Lycas École pratique des hautes études
  • Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik University of Ljubljana




Youth, Censorship, Self-censorship, Sinology, Chinese Studies, Editorial


This editorial introduces the research articles on the topic of “Youth”. Further, it discusses the recent developments of censorship and self-censorship.


Bonnin, Michel. 2013. The Lost Generation: The Rustication of China’s Educated Youth (1968–1980). Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.

Chan, Anita, Rosen, S. & Unger, Jonathan. 1980. “Students and Class Warfare: The Social Roots of the Red Guard Conflict in Guangzhou (Canton).” The China Quarterly 83: 397–446. https://doi.org/10.1017/S030574100001290X.

Chan, Anita. 1985. Children of Mao: Personality Development and Political Activism in the Red Guard Generation. London: Macmillan.

Clark, Paul. 2012. Youth Culture in China: From Red Guards to Netizens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Demes, David. 2021. Konfuzius wünscht keine Kritik. Jungle World, 25.11.2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20211129095221/https://jungle.world/artikel/2021/47/konfuzius-wuenscht-keine-kritik.

Fong, Vanessa L. 2004. Only Hope: Coming of Age under China’s One-Child Policy. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Greatrex, Roger. 2014. Report: The Deletion of Pages from EACS Conference Materials in Braga (July 2014). EACS European Association for Chinese Studies. Ac-cessed September 27, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170927142953/http://chinesestudies.eu/?p=584.

Ho, Ming-sho. 2019. Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Jureit, Ulrike. 2017. Generation, Generationality, Generational Research. Dokserver des Zentrums für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam e.V. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14765/zzf.dok.2.1110.v2

Klotzbücher, Sascha, Frank Kraushaar, Alexis Lycas, Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik. 2020. Censorship and Self-censorship in Chinese Contexts. Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies 1: 9–18. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25365/jeacs.2020.1.9-18

Liao, Yiwu 廖亦武. 2011. Liu si ∙ wode zhengci: Cong xianfeng shiren dao diceng zhengzhifan 六四 ∙ 我的證詞:從先鋒派詩人到底層政治犯. (My Testimony of June 4 [1989]: From Avantgarde Poet to Underdog Political Prisoner). Taipei: Yunchen wenhua shiye gufen youxian gongsi.

Mützel, Daniel. 2021. Xi Jinpings trojanische Pferde: Wie China die Meinungsfreiheit an deutschen Unis bedroht. t-online, (November 7, 2021). Accessed November 11, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20211108093738/https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/deutschland/innenpolitik/id_91087744/konfuzius-institute-bedroht-china-die-meinungsfreiheit-an-deutschen-unis-.html.

Rotella, Sebastian. 2021. Even on U.S. Campuses, China Cracks Down on Students Who Speak Out. ProPublica, November 30th, 2021. Accessed on December 8th, 2021. https://www.propublica.org/article/even-on-us-campuses-china-cracks-down-on-students-who-speak-out.

Tsimonis, Konstaninos. 2021. The Chinese Communist Youth League: Juniority and Responsiveness in a Party Youth Organization. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Yar, Lucia. 2021. Head of Chinese Institute Threatens Slovak Expert. Euractiv, April 21, 2021. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210427103021/https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/head-of-chinese-institute-threatens-slovak-expert/

Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo zhu Oumeng shituan 中华人民共和国驻欧盟使团 Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union. 2021. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Announces Sanctions on Relevant EU Entities and Personnel. March 22, 2021. Accessed on December 22, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20211222190907/https://www.mfa.gov.cn/ce/cebe//eng/fyrjh/t1863128.htm




How to Cite

Dessein, B., Hardie, A., Klotzbücher, S., Kraushaar, F., Lycas, A., & Vampelj Suhadolnik, N. (2021). Springtime of Life: Youth in Chinese History. The Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies, 2, 1–9. https://doi.org/10.25365/jeacs.2021.2.1-9