China's 'four generations' meme is the most wholesome trend of 2019, so far
A viral meme has spread around the world called the “four generations challenge,” which involves a child filing into a room, followed by one of their parents, then grandparent and finally great-grandparent. (Kassy Cho/Twitter)
Published Monday, January 7, 2019 12:15PM EST
Move over, Bird Box challenge, there’s a new more wholesome meme that’s going viral which could make you miss your great grandparents.
Originating in China, the wholesome “four generations challenge” meme (or “four generations under one roof”) involves a child filing into a room, followed by a parent, then a grandparent and, finally, a great-grandparent.
The trending videos often start with the appearance of a young child who introduces one of their parents into the room. When that parent shows up, they call in their own parent, who in turn, calls in their elderly parent.
The meme, which was already trending in China, began making waves in the West, after it was noticed on Friday by Twitter user and Buzzfeed reporter Kassy Cho, who posted a video of one Asian family taking part in the challenge.
“This Chinese four generations meme is so wholesome omg,” she tweeted.
The original videos appear to have been shared on the video app Douyin -- the Chinese version of TikTok -- a media app for creating and sharing short videos.
Since going viral, videos have been shared in such places as India, the Philippines and the United States, each involving families from varying cultures.
It’s hard not to smile watching all of the parents each walk into the room with noticeable joy on their faces.
this Chinese four generations meme is so wholesome omg pic.twitter.com/bozR6rB93w— kassy cho (@kassy) January 4, 2019
the challenge involves four generations of family members making an appearance so a son calls his dad who calls his dad who calls his dad pic.twitter.com/Q6UrBlIbWH— kassy cho (@kassy) January 4, 2019
this is too cute a woman calls her mum, who responds and calls her mum, who also responds and calls her mum, who also responds and makes an appearance pic.twitter.com/tHLD6eFtNB— kassy cho (@kassy) January 4, 2019
Our four generations all the way from India ;) pic.twitter.com/uSjqqZ3Pjw— Hemant Mohapatra (@MohapatraHemant) January 6, 2019
Four generations— Jess Wallace (@jesswallaceuk) January 6, 2019
Recreating a meme whilst we have all the family together pic.twitter.com/0lSahrMSLE
Four generations of first borns pic.twitter.com/YIc3Rqq8xZ— Mama Manii (@Imani1850) January 5, 2019