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This is a discussion on Chinese Zodiac VS American Generations within the Generation Z Forum forums, part of the The Generations category; The boundary between a generation, particularly the line between Gen Y and Gen Z, has been discussed to death on ...

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    Chinese Zodiac VS American Generations

    The boundary between a generation, particularly the line between Gen Y and Gen Z, has been discussed to death on this forum. Granted, it's a pretty inane discussion to begin with, as a one or two year age difference is completely nugatory, however, I believe that the reason this gets discussed so much is probably because most people born in the mid to late 90s are still generally immature and still haven't gotten out of that phase of wanting social acceptance, albeit luckily there does seem to be a rise in the number of mid to late 90s borns accepting the Gen Z label and even taking pride in not being Millennials, probably due to their toxic leftist reputation.

    Still though, when you hear someone in their 40s or older talk about "their generation", they're not talking about the arbitrarily set cohort they belong to, they're talking about those close to their age.
    When an older Boomer born in 1946 or 1947 talks about their generation, I can guarantee you they're not including younger Boomers born in the late 50s early 60s, nor are they excluding younger Silents born in 1944 or 1945.
    The American Generation system is also heavily flawed. There are too many definitions, the lines are set arbitrarily, and are often based on limited research that is impossible to foul proof.

    There is a better system to use to determine which cohort you are in, that system is the Chinese Zodiac, a system where each 12 years are all named after 12 different animals. After each 12 years, the animal gets repeated. So using this method, your personal generation, regardless of which year you were born, would be in between the range of 12 years older than you and 12 years younger than you. Perfect if you ask me, as culturally, those 12 years apart all show a generation gap in their own way.

    For example, let's use the Boar Zodiac Sign.
    Those born in 1935 came of age in the early/mid 50s when conformism was key, and when teenage culture was just beginning.
    Those born in 1947 came of age in the mid 60s when the Vietnam War was starting and when Flower Child culture was taking off.
    Those born in 1959 came of age in the late 70s when Star Wars, Atari 2600, and early home PCs came out and when disco was popular.
    Those born in 1971 came of age in the late 80s when hip hop was taking off and when the Cold War was beginning to end.
    Those born in 1983 came of age in the early 00s when the dot com bubble busted, 9/11 occurred, and when DVD was becoming popular.
    Those born in 1995 came of age in the early/mid 10s when the leftist and alt right movements were starting out and when Snapchat and Vine were taking off.

    Every birthyear aforementioned is a Boar year in the Chinese Zodiac, and all of them came of age in a time different enough to truly be considered an all out generation gap, regardless of which year you were born.
    So therefore 12 years would be a generation gap, with each 3 years leading up to 12 all elevating to a generation gap.

    0-2 year difference = Your core age group.
    3-5 year difference = Pretty different, but no signs of a generation gap yet.
    6-8 year difference = Earliest signs of a generation gap.
    9-11 year difference = Semi generation gap.
    12+ year difference = Generation gap.

    What do you guys think of this formula?



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    In my opinion it's the most accurate generation chart I've seen.
    Makes perfect sense. And it's the first time I see someone talking about the different levels of a generation gap. I had only seen people saying: "those born between (wathever years) are from (whatever generation)", but it's not the same. For example, I'm from the same generation as someone born in 2003-2004, but there's a difference between us, a little gap (the same thing can be applied to those born before me, but to be honest I don't really know anymore where does Z generation starts).
    And by this same problem, the fact that it's not really clear the start of Generation Z makes the traditional generation chart confusing or even inaccurate.
    So I consider this chart to be reasonable.

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    Wow.I'm pretty shocked because I see someone discuss about Chinese zodiac since I'm Chinese.My birthyear is in 1999 but in Chinese calendar I'll be born in 1998(a few days before 1999's Chinese new year).So my gen chart will have two versions:
    1997~2001/1996~2000 My core age group
    1994~2004/1993~2003 Pretty different
    1991~2007/1990~2006 Earliest sign gen gap
    1988~2010/1987~2009 Semi-gen gap
    ≤1987 or ≥2011/≤1986 or ≥2010 Generation gap
    I think that's accurate!
    Last edited by THY9899; 10-20-2017 at 01:48 PM.

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    Core age group: February 1999 to December 2004
    Very accurate, the age group I can date with Romeo & Juliet laws.

    Pretty different age group: February 1996 to January 1999 / January 2005 to December 2007
    Ehh okay.

    Ealiest signs of generation gap group: February 1993 to January 1996 / January 2008 to December 2010
    I see, the earlier is Gen Y-ish while the latter is Gen Alpha-ish.

    Semi generation gap group: February 1990 to January 1993 / January 2011 to December 2013
    I like it! The earlier is pure Gen Y, while the latter is pure Gen Alpha.

    Generation gap group: January 1990 & before / January 2014 & later.
    It makes so much sense now!!!

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    I think anyone who is less than 5 years age gap with me(1994~2003/4) will be someone I can relate well with and the both maximum range will be a decade(which is usually used to define a generation,at least in my country) so it make sense.

    Anyway this chart is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THY9899 View Post
    Wow.I'm pretty shocked because I see someone discuss about Chinese zodiac since I'm Chinese.My birthyear is in 1999 but in Chinese calendar I'll be born in 1998(a few days before 1999's Chinese new year).So my gen chart will have two versions:
    1997~2001/1996~2000 My core age group
    1994~2004/1993~2003 Pretty different
    1991~2007/1990~2006 Earliest sign gen gap
    1988~2010/1987~2009 Semi-gen gap
    ≤1987 or ≥2011/≤1986 or ≥2010 Generation gap
    I think that's accurate!
    I was technically born in the year of Ox even though I do not believe in Feng Shui.I was born on 8th December 1997.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THY9899 View Post
    Wow.I'm pretty shocked because I see someone discuss about Chinese zodiac since I'm Chinese.My birthyear is in 1999 but in Chinese calendar I'll be born in 1998(a few days before 1999's Chinese new year).So my gen chart will have two versions:
    1997~2001/1996~2000 My core age group
    1994~2004/1993~2003 Pretty different
    1991~2007/1990~2006 Earliest sign gen gap
    1988~2010/1987~2009 Semi-gen gap
    ≤1987 or ≥2011/≤1986 or ≥2010 Generation gap
    I think that's accurate!
    I was technically born in the year of Ox even though I do not believe in Feng Shui.And I am a Malaysian Chinese who was born on 8th December 1997 in Brunei.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboBayCaptain1297 View Post
    The boundary between a generation, particularly the line between Gen Y and Gen Z, has been discussed to death on this forum. Granted, it's a pretty inane discussion to begin with, as a one or two year age difference is completely nugatory, however, I believe that the reason this gets discussed so much is probably because most people born in the mid to late 90s are still generally immature and still haven't gotten out of that phase of wanting social acceptance, albeit luckily there does seem to be a rise in the number of mid to late 90s borns accepting the Gen Z label and even taking pride in not being Millennials, probably due to their toxic leftist reputation.
    I'm sure a lot of mid and late '90s borns will want to ditch the Millennial label and want to be the start of Z instead, considering we're closer in age to them than those born in the 1980s. After the walkout protests began last year, the media was saying nothing but positive things about them ("They're heroes!/They're gonna save us all!, etc.), compared to the Millennial label being portrayed as everything wrong with society. However, the kids who did the protesting were all born in the early 2000s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willtip98 View Post
    I'm sure a lot of mid and late '90s borns will want to ditch the Millennial label and want to be the start of Z instead, considering we're closer in age to them than those born in the 1980s. After the walkout protests began last year, the media was saying nothing but positive things about them ("They're heroes!/They're gonna save us all!, etc.), compared to the Millennial label being portrayed as everything wrong with society. However, the kids who did the protesting were all born in the early 2000s.
    With the exception of the C/O 2018 with late 99 borns (wx/ Emma Gonzalez)

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    I was born in 2002 and I think those born in 2006-2009 are different.


     
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