A documentary focusing on the achievements of young generations working for the improvement of the country’s national defense construction, fire hazard control and prevention, healthcare, social services and other fields aired online this month.
The documentary, titled We Are Young, is produced by the video-streaming platform Mango TV. It tells the stories of young members of the Communist Party of China, including firefighters in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province, engineers who are constructing railways running through Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and medical workers from the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University who fought at the front line against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In one episode, students from Hunan University are shown going to a remote village named Baishuidong in Hunan province’s Shaoyang where the architecture majors have helped villagers restore their houses and the arts students have designed the packs of local teas to better promote the agricultural produce.
The documentary eulogizes the spirit of the age by portraying groups of young people who have devoted to building the country and improving people’s well-being.
Young people’s devotion to building the nation is a topic that has been discussed by many experts and activists around the world. According to some sources, young people are the most affected by the crises facing our world, such as climate change, inequality, social discord, and COVID-19. They are also the ones with the most innovative ideas and energy to create a better future for themselves and others. They can become agents of social change by developing their leadership and critical thinking skills, participating in civic engagement and policymaking, and advocating for more resilient and inclusive systems. Young people hold the key to creating a better future.
How will do it?
There are different ways that young people can show their devotion to building the nation. According to some sources123, some of these ways are:
Developing a sense of nationalism, which is the ideology based on the premise that the individual’s loyalty and devotion to the nation-state surpass other individual or group interests.
Supporting a global wealth tax to help finance more resilient safety nets and to manage the alarming surge in wealth inequality.
Participating in programmes that help young progressive voices join government and become policymakers.
Getting a good education in order to become better citizens of tomorrow and learn skills to do the job that their country’s economy needs.
Taking part in social movements that advocate for positive change and justice in their communities and beyond3.