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A New Generation [electronic resource]

It can be argued that China's newfound affluence is made possible not by bold entrepreneurs but by disadvantaged migrant workers, millions of whom have left the rural villages in which they were born to seek better lives in cities. This film takes viewers inside that globally significant megatrend with stories of Chinese migrants and their challenges. Li Xu Bin and his wife Dai barely get by on temp jobs in the Beijing suburb of Dong Xin Dian. But in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, a young woman named Tian Qiuyu has rejected work for hire and founded her own PR firm. And at Tongji University in Shanghai, budding architect Guan Zhaoyu makes the most of the education her parents never had. Expert commentary comes from Fudan University professor Zhou Dunren, who talks about the im [...]
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2012
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More Than Half the Sky [electronic resource]

Mao's aphorism about the strength and ability of women may have helped to do away with foot-binding, child marriage, and other archaic traditions, but in 21st-century China gender equality is as illusory as ever. This film examines the challenges that Chinese women face, especially the obstacles to prosperity and security that the country's poor, rural women know all too well. Viewers meet Yu Xinpei, who migrated to Shangai from a remote southern village. At first apprenticed to a hairdresser, she's now starting a salon of her own. Meanwhile, sociologist Liu Bohong talks about the difficulties women encounter when they move to cities-although those who stay in the provinces "have it harder." Many become suicide statistics, which is why physician Xu Rong has founded a support group fo [...]
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2012
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Sun and Wind But No Water [electronic resource]

Promoting growth and protecting the environment is a contradiction, says Chinese ambassador Chen Mingming, insisting that the opulent lifestyle of "people overseas" should figure into any assessment of his country's environmental policies. "Isn't it legitimate for the Chinese to seek the same quality of life? That means economic development." Others who support the government's approach to ecological problems also appear in this film, such as political observer Xie Chuntao-although he does acknowledge tangible policy splits within China's leadership and the difficulty of balancing environmental protection with the constant need for energy and raw materials. For a less ambivalent view, the film turns to activist Chen Faqing as he meets with angry suburbanites outside Hangzhou-a suppos [...]
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2012
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A Dramatic History [electronic resource]

Three decades ago China was regarded as a developing country. Today it is the world's second largest economy, having made the journey from scarcity and poverty to wealth and abundance faster than any other nation in history-a narrative that Chinese leaders are eager to promote. But the official record makes no mention of events which directly precipitated China's astonishing economic rise-most notably, the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. This film describes what happened when the rigid policies instigated under Mao gave way to the era of Deng Xiao Ping, who ushered in unprecedented opportunities for creating personal wealth-as well as sociopolitical paradigm shifts that no one could anticipate. Expert commentary is provided by Chen Mingming, a high-ranking Chinese diplomat; Profes [...]
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2012
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The Comeback [electronic resource]

To surpass the U.S. in economic might, China needs access to cheap energy and raw materials. That's why it is now heavily invested in developing countries-most notably in Africa, where millions of Chinese citizens have relocated. Mozambique, which has China to thank for its remarkable 10 percent growth rate, offers an eye-opening case study. This film travels in and around the capital city of Maputo, highlighting examples of Chinese-backed development and assembling various perspectives on China's involvement in the African "lion economies." Surveying a vast, fertile field with his African business partner, Chinese-born rice producer Luo Haoping describes new agricultural techniques he's shared with local growers, while Lyle White, a South African expert on China, sheds light on the [...]
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2012
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The People and the Power [electronic resource]

They aren't chosen by popular election, but when the 3,000 members of the National People's Congress gather in Beijing, they do the nation's business within their ascribed political parameters. Does this mean that the average citizen has a voice in government? Are China's top leaders influenced by these locally appointed representatives, or is power so centralized that over 1.35 billion people can still be ruled as a whole, from behind closed doors? This film presents stories and discussions about China's one-party system, how an individual NPC appointee participates in it, and what alternative forms of political expression are possible. Viewers meet Dilina'er Abudulah, a delegate from the Xinjiang autonomous region who represents the Uyghur ethnic minority. Her thoughts and daily ac [...]
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2012