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Famed names make fresh impression

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Chinese people have not had to declare their family background on registration forms for 40 years, but that has not switched off the public's interest in the heritage of their peers.

In addition to the much talked about "rich second generation" and the "poor second generation", a "red third generation" is emerging.

The relatively small group comprises the grandchildren of New China's first top officials and is getting much attention.

Typically, people in the "red third generation" were born after the "reform and opening-up". Many were educated abroad. And most are embarking on their careers.

Among the better-known members of the group is Bo Guagua, grandson of former vice-premier Bo Yibo (1908-2007) and son of former Commerce Minister Bo Xilai. Wan Baobao, granddaughter of former Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Wan Li, is another member, as is Ye Mingzi, granddaughter of Ye Jianying (1897-1986), who was one of the "Ten Great Marshals" of China.

Wan is a jewelry designer with her own brand, Bao Bao Wan Fine Jewelry. Ye is a fashion designer. Bo is a student at Oxford University with aspirations to work in the culture sector.

"I don't have to be a politician to contribute to society," said 22-year-old Bo, who received the Big Ben Award for Top 10 Outstanding Chinese Young Persons in the UK in May. "I think culture and education are particularly important for today's China and it is an area I believe I can contribute to."

Wan has a strong interest in jewelry and feels fortunate to combine her interest with her work. Having studied literature and photography in the United States and France, she started her own jewelry brand two years ago and is often at Beijing's most fashionable parties.

Family influence is important in the "red third generation", which grew up listening to revolutionary stories from their parents and grandparents.

"I believe in the ideal of 'serving the people', and this in no way compromises my own personal pursuits," said Bo. "Because the two are one for me."


1. Who makes up the red third generation?

2. Where does Bo Guagua attend College?

3. What is Wan Bao Bao’s business?


1. Grandchildren of New China's first top officials.

2. Oxford University

3. Crafting and selling jewelry

(英语点津 许雅宁编辑)

Famed names make fresh impression

About the broadcaster:

Famed names make fresh impression

Chantal Anderson is a multimedia journalist at the China Daily Web site. Originally from Seattle, Washington she has found her way around the world doing photo essays in Greece, Mexico and Thailand. She is currently completing a double degree in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Washington.