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All parents hope their kids will have a bright future. However, parents’ expectations are not always in accordance with their children’s personal ideals, and sometimes they are even conflicting with each other. In most cases, it is the parents who make decisions for their children.
These eight young people come from distinct backgrounds, but share many of the labels attached to people born in China in the 1990s. They are sometimes called individualists, but also sometimes follow paths laid out for them by their families. Many struggle with the responsibilities of adulthood and their own unfulfilled dreams.
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Song Tian, born in 1990, is a receptionist at a bank. She took her current job under parents' advice. She trained as a flight attendant and that was her dream job, but the wishes of her parents prevailed.

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Luo Jinqiang was born in 1992. He manages an afterschool center for children of migrant workers. Luo quit middle school to work for a grassroots non-governmental organization. Five years later, he decided to start his own NGO. Luo hopes to get the children a bigger playground so they do not have to play basketball on the street

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He Yunkun was born in 1998 and works on an assembly line at a luggage factory in the northern province of Hebei. He has been there for six months and earns 1,500 yuan a month. He said he had never thought about what he wanted to do in the future

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Ma Lu, born in 1991, manages a club for fans of "fixie" bicycles, which have a fixed gear and no front brake. She dropped out of college her freshman year and has worked many jobs, including as a reporter, pub singer and clothes salesperson. Ma said she will open a youth hostel when she gets tired of cycling

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Born in 1990, Rong Rong is the owner of a store that sells goods on the popular e-commerce website Taobao. She quit her job as a graphic designer in Beijing because she could not find fulfillment there. Taking her parents' advice, Rong went home to find a job in the coastal city of Qingdao. Rong later returned to the capital and has not told her parents what she does.

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Zhou Zhou, born in 1993, works in a barbershop in the capital. He dropped out of high school, then thought about joining the army. However, his family convinced him to train as a barber. He says he feels uncertain about his life, but doesn’t know how to change it.

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Li Xiaonan, born in 1990, is an assistant director of documentary films. He dreams of opening a photography studio

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