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What have been the major developmental trends in Hong Kong's younger generation over the last three years? Have their lives and values been influenced by the economic downturn and increased contact with mainland China?
To deepen understanding of the psychosocial, cultural, and political issues facing youth today, the Youth Studies Net (YSNet) ( was founded jointly by the Department of Applied Social Studies and the Division of Social Studies in March 2000.
Think of your favourite idols. Would they include Magic Johnson, Zhou Enlai, or Faye Wong by any chance? Now think of the most creative Chinese minds, historical or modern. Would Confucius, Sun Yat-sen, or I M Pei appear on your list? To learn more about adolescent idol worship in different Chinese cities and young people's perceptions of the most creative figures, Dr Yue Xiaodong of the Department of Applied Social Studies conducted two lines of research over the last few years.
Arecent addition to the CityU scene, the Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC) is fast gaining a reputation as a unique research institution. Inaugurated in February 2001, the Centre has spent the past 10 months hiring new staff-one senior research fellow is already on board and there are two others on their way-receiving and funding research applications, putting a series of working papers on its website and offering a range of seminars.
In Hong Kong, youth research under colonial rule was primarily remedial in nature, focusing on topics such as outreach services and rehabilitation programmes, whereas youth research post-1997 emphasizes the cultivation of leadership and patriotism, social participation, as well as the adoption of a global or Greater China perspective.

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