This past spring, the NCAFP hosted a roundtable featuring Zak Dychtwald, CEO of Young China Global Group, and author of the recently published Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World. We discussed emerging Chinese views on censorship, technology and government. Click here to listen to a new podcast of the discussion.
The 21st century will be shaped in large part by China and by the U.S.-China relationship. Zak’s experience working with, living with and writing about the generation of Chinese “millennials” provides a unique perspective on China’s future that is often under reported in Western media.
Author biography: Zak Dychtwald is a lifelong fan of interesting people, big ideas, new adventures, science fiction and religious meaning. A writer, consultant, and public speaker, he has traveled extensively throughout five continents to explore what makes people and cultures tick while searching for glimpses into the future.
Fascinated by China’s ascending role in the 21st century, he moved there after graduating from Columbia University in 2012 to explore the country and get to know China’s young people on their own turf. Over the next four years, Zak traveled thousands of miles throughout both the Eastern megacities as well as China’s developing interior living in tenements, hostels and high rises, and he interviewed thousands of locals from Guangzhou to Chengdu to Shangri-La. Zak realized that the China we talk about in the West is far different than the new futuristic China he saw rising. Out of these experiences, emerged his first book, Young China: How the Restless Generational Will Change Their Country and the World.
Through his writing, speaking, and consulting, Zak’s overarching goal is to enrich and advance the way the world understands China today and in the future. He recently relocated to New York City where he is the Founding CEO of the Young China Global Group - think tank and consultancy. A fluent Mandarin speaker, he spends a third of the year in China.