Chinese college students fear life as ‘Ants' (3)

10:01, March 18, 2010      

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During the discussion, what the young scholar Lian did not hide was the fact that during the survey, they found that out of the youths from the "ant group," 50 percent came from rural villages, 30 percent came from small cities and only less than 7 percent came from provincial capitals. In addition, most of them have gone through the "rural village to university to ant tribe" route and are not living on their parents' money. It can reflect some social realities. For instance, the question was asked, "I exchanged a bag of money for a pile of books four years ago, but why can I not exchange a pile of books for a bag of money now?"

A student who once aided education in the western regions of China said, "The housing prices were not as hot 10 years ago, and we do not know what it will be like 10 years later. Therefore, we should not always focus on the present. While we are discussing whether or not we can stay in Beijing and afford a house, there are still many kids who cannot afford schooling in the western regions. We should have long-term viewpoints rather than just being worried and pessimistic. Countless places in China, where we will not live in 'ant tribes,' need us."

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