Past Event

The Committee on Global Thought Presents: Youth in India and China: Hopes and Anxieties Amidst Global Change

February 17, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Young people in China and India are poised to define their countries’ futures and roles on the world stage. Their aspirations impact everything from education and economics to social views and technology trends. Why and how do the hopes and anxieties of these young people matter to their nations and to the world?

Join two young authors as they provide insights gleaned through their exhaustive research and interviews with young people of the two most populous nations in the world. 

Speaker Bios:

Vivan Marwaha, Author and User Researcher

Vivan Marwaha is the author of What Millennials Want and a user researcher who works on technology projects in emerging markets. A millennial himself, he cares deeply about understanding India and its future through its youth. He has lived and worked in New Delhi, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Buenos Aires, and has written for the Washington Post, New Statesman, Mint, and Times of India, among other publications.

Zak Dychtwald, Author of Young China, Founder of Young China Group, CC ‘12

Zak Dychtwald is the author of Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World, which explores how the country’s young generation feels about everything from sex and romance, to education and the high personal costs of competition. The founder and CEO of Young China Group, Zak has spoken at forums across six continents and his insights have been featured in The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and others. A CC ’12 graduate, Columbia magazine ran a feature “Bright Young Things” on his work, with an excerpt you can read here.


Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, Chair of the Committee on Global Thought, President Emerita, Asia Society

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is the Chair of the Committee on Global Thought, co-principal investigator of the CGT’s “Youth in a Changing World” project, and Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University. During her tenure as the president of Asia Society, she  developed a major interdisciplinary program for young leaders entitled Asia 21. She has also worked with youth across the world as the Chair of AFS Intercultural Programs. Dr. Desai is the author of a recent memoir, World as Family: A Journey of Multi-Rooted Belongings (Columbia University Press) intended for young “global natives.”

This event is hosted by the Columbia University Committee on Global Thought and cosponsored by The Weatherhead East Asian Institute.