(Image Forever Young from Mina Anot)
Culture & Art Youth (文艺青年 pingyin: Wen Yi Qing Nian, C & A Youth) is a name given to someone who loves art and culture in China.
Recently, these people have been getting a lot of attentions by the Chinese media and the public, as people are starting to recognise a considerable amount of them raising in China, especially in the cities. Starting from 2011, people posted pictures to compare normal youth (Pu Tong Qing Nian, 普通青年), Stupid youth (2b Qing Nian, 2b青年) and Art & Culture youth (Wen Yi Qing Nian, 文艺青年).
The competition went viral as many people entered the competition online.
Some people argue that these people should be called the Chinese Hipsters. There are some common characteristics between the general term Hipster and the Chinese Hipster. Hipster is described by Urban Dictionary as:
“a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”
The C & A youth possess most of the above, however, they are still different in their own right, in this article I try to find out what these art, culture, literature and fashion loving youth.