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China [electronic resource]: Global Factory?

Europe Images International
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
How did China go from agrarian-based communism to being the world's top source for consumer goods? By following three European buyers obtaining wholesale merchandise, this program explores China's manufacturing industry and its attempt to balance economic concerns with political and social ideals. Visiting Chinese factory towns, the buyers meet an ex-communist CEO who talks about what changed after Mao died; manufacturers frustrated by the Western demand for low-cost products made without violating human rights; and workers who say that free housing, even at one room per family, is fair exchange for long hours and low pay. With commentary from economists and historians, the video also examines China's resolve to produce goods for its own middle class, and what European companies are doing to remain competitive with Asia.
Release Date
2010
Run Time
52 min.
Language
English
Rating
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8 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 10, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Global Factory?
Contents
  • Introduction and Credits: China: Global Factory? (1:27)
  • China's Industrial Cluster (1:44)
  • Datang: Socks Town (3:14)
  • Government Policy Encourages Factories (0:53)
  • Factory Workers' Living Conditions (2:24)
  • Middle Men - Sourcing (2:13)
  • Leather Sofa Manufacturing (2:10)
  • Factory Department Store (2:01)
  • Alibaba.com (2:17)
  • China's Economic Liberalization (2:02)
  • Privatization of Chinese Industry (3:02)
  • Labor Costs (1:01)
  • Checking for Dust on the Nameplate (4:37)
  • Thinking About Working Conditions (2:17)
  • Qingdao's Industrial Zone (1:55)
  • China's Future lies in Domestic Markets--and Quality (2:37)
  • Adapting for Survival (2:58)
  • Collective Economy Model (3:40)
  • Life Under a Collective Economy (2:43)
  • Competing with China - Socks (2:39)
  • Competing with China - Pastry Molds (1:56)
  • Competing with China - Eyeglasses (1:41)
  • Thinking About China as the World's Factory (0:24)
  • Credits: China: Global Factory (0:23)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2010.
Publisher no.
47369 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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