Thursday, August 02, 2007

Recently, I learnt that the Taiwanese term for those born in Generation Y (apparently referring to those born in the 1970s and 1980s, meaning I am both Generation X and Generation Y, according to the time-line listed in Wikipedia) is "cao mei zu" (literally translated, the "strawberry generation").

Why are they called that? Well, firstly, strawberries are grown in the protected environment in a greenhouse. Secondly, they are very delicate fruit. You leave them out for too long, and they spoil or "SPOI!" as we say in Singlish). You drop them, and they spoil. You poke them, and they spoil... and so on and so forth. Essentially, the term's a reference to the strawberry generation's upbringing (a better and more sheltered environment than their parents), and to that same generation's inability to withstand pressure and to work hard.

I don't know why, but I just found the whole description rather amusing.

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