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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?: Dharmaga Tongjoguro Kan Kkadalgun

In a remote monastery high up in the mountains an old master, a young monk and an orphaned boy devote themselves to their Buddhist teachings. As the master faces death, he must lead his disciples away from their past ties to the outside world and its rapidly changing values, and point them toward their quest for enlightenment.
1999; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)

Asia Today

"A series of five programs which explores the rapid development taking place across Asia. The series explores the changing culture and emerging economies of five regions, along with the problems that foreign investment, industrialization, and international tourism are bringing ... Also shows how social change is taking place throughout the region by contrasting traditional and modern practices in small villages and large cities"--Container.
Ivy (By Request)

A Woman's Place: Short Stories

Six 10 minute videos by women about the status and condition of women in 6 countries. [1] In Fiji women are involved in new sea farming projects. [2] In South Africa a literacy campaign gives birth to an effective anti-liquor campaign. [3] In South Africa, the Women's Health Project ensures that women will have a voice in shaping the new health care system. [4] A new generation of Caribbean women are using drama and reggae to focus attention on domestic violence. [5] Thousands of Filipino women are leaving children and country behind to work as domestics in Hong Kong. [6] Guatemalan women widowed in the civil unrest have formed an organization, Conavigua, to conduct literacy classes and encourage political participation.
Ivy (By Request)

China [electronic resource]: Heritage of the Wild Dragon

The fine loess soil of the Yellow River basin quickly established that region as the home of China's earliest recorded dynasty. This program focuses primarily on Bronze Age China and the contributions of the Yin (or Shang) dynasty, with a tangential emphasis on the reign of the Qins. Commentary by Tang Jigen, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and other experts; archival film of the excavation of Yinxu; armor and artifacts from the tomb of Qin Shihuangdi; footage of loess being used to replicate intricate Yin-era bronzes; and incredible 3-D computer animation provide penetrating insights into the history of ancient China.
2005; 2000

Japanese Dance [electronic resource]: Succession of a Kyomai Master

With a gracefulness equal to its subject, this intriguing program goes behind the scenes to film for the first time the private world of kyomai, Kyoto-style dance. The efforts of the 95-year-old reigning master, Inoue Yachiyo IV, to prepare her 43-year-old granddaughter to become her successor are deftly captured amidst footage of training sessions and performances; rare film clips of Yachiyo IV and her predecessor, Yachiyo III, on stage; background on the history of kyomai; and insights into the education of geisha, chief practitioners of this centuries-old form of Japanese dance.
2006; 2000

Ancient China [electronic resource]

From the creation legend of Panku to the demise of the Han Dynasty, this program traces Chinese history and explores the roots of Chinese culture today. Visit the Great Wall of China as scholars discuss why it remains even today a symbol of oppression, exemplified in the legend of the weeping woman; the Imperial Palace and how it exemplifies Chinese beliefs in harmony; and the Beijing Opera, whose works are an elaborate retelling of traditional folktales. The influences of Buddhism, ancestor worship, and Taoism in China are also discussed, along with stunning footage of the Buddhist caves and the terra-cotta army.
2005; 1996

Chinese Cracker [electronic resource]: Making of Peony Pavilion

Written by 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, The Peony Pavilion is a 19-hour epic opera in 57 episodes that tells a story of youth and love literally triumphing over death. This program follows director Chen Shi-Zheng and the Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe in their monumental effort of staging the entire production, an event that had not occurred in nearly four centuries. Despite resistance by the Chinese government and the project's inherent difficulties, the debut at the Lincoln Center was an overwhelming success. Coverage of rehearsals, set construction, and costume preparation is combined with interviews with Chen Shi-Zheng and his musical director Zhou Ming, who place this masterpiece in its historical and cultural context.
2005; 2000

No Rest for the Weary [electronic resource]: Cultural Revolution and Its Origins

From World War II until Mao's death in 1976, the Chinese faced recurring hardships, the Cultural Revolution perhaps the most damaging to their traditional society. This program carefully traces the origins and implementation of Mao's agenda of social upheaval, bringing together documentary footage and firsthand accounts from those who experienced it. Among those interviewed is Song Yongyi, a history professor at Dickinson College who left China in order to write an account of the movement.
2005; 2003

The Unfortunate Generation [electronic resource]: Cultural Revolution and Beyond

Within two years of the Cultural Revolution, armed factions battled each other in Mao's name. To avoid civil war, Mao essentially banished his zealots to the countryside. This program chronicles the Cultural Revolution, its disastrous aftermath, and the role of Mao's wife, Jiang Qing. Scholars, diplomats, and survivors discuss the forced labor camps known as "Schools of May 7th"; the attacks on foreign consulates in Hong Kong and Beijing; China's support of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge; and the trial of the "Gang of Four." The program concludes with Deng Xiaoping opening China to the West.
2005; 2003

The Real Dr. Evil [electronic resource]

North Koreans call him "dear leader." President Bush calls him part of an "axis of evil." Kidnapper, terrorist, and likely nuclear tyrant also apply. This program uses extensive newsreel footage, archival materials, and exclusive interviews to create a biographical and psychological profile of Kim Jong Il in order to understand what motivates his sometimes bizarre and often tragic deeds. Interviews include former bodyguards, a former central committee member, a former North Korean spy, CIA profilers, Pentagon advisers, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg, and Selig Harrison, author of Korean Endgame.
2005; 2003

Ravi Shankar [electronic resource]: Man and His Music

This loving portrait of Ravi Shankar shows us the totality of Shankar's art, the inner peace from which the fiery dexterity emerges, the philosophy that underlies the shape of raga, and the characteristics of the sitar, tabla, santur, sarod, and sarangi. We see and hear him play and talk: in Europe and America, with Yehudi Menuhin, Zubin Mehta, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and George Harrison, and at home, in India, with his students and his wife.
2007; 1986

Rhythms to Nirvana [electronic resource]: Introduction to IndiClassical Music

Since India's ancient times, music has been considered a potent vehicle for attaining nirvana, spiritual salvation. This intriguing program provides an overview of the history of Indian classical music, from its divine origins to the present day, showcasing popular stringed, wind, and percussion instruments such as the sitar, sarangi, veena, tambora, and sarod; the flute, shehnai, and harmonium; and the mridang, tabla, and bayan. The Indian approach to teaching music is also discussed.
2005; 1998

East and West: Pt. 1 [electronic resource]

Born into a prominent family in China, Soong Mei-ling was nonetheless thoroughly Western in thought and philosophy, having studied in America-one of the first Chinese women to do so. After marrying Chiang Kai-shek, the couple led a China embroiled in years of war and political intrigue. During World War II, she became the first Chinese national ever to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress and was counted as the fourth luminary of the Cairo Conference, alongside Roosevelt, Churchill, and her husband. This program tells the compelling story of Mme. Chiang up to the ousting of the Chinese Nationalist government.
2006; 2003

Exile Years: Pt. 2 [electronic resource]

After the Chinese Nationalist Government fled to Taiwan, Soong Mei-ling remained in the public eye as the distant and mysterious "Madame Chiang." She continued the role she had played during her years in mainland China, remaining prominent in foreign affairs and devoted to her work with women and charitable causes. This program examines the second half of Madame Chiang's life: her often-fractious relations with her stepson, President Chiang Ching-kuo; her efforts to safeguard the legacy of the Republic of China; and her relocation to the U.S., where she lived in seclusion until her death at the age of 106.
2006; 2003

Samurai Japan [electronic resource]

From their ascension to power in the 13th century to the unconditional surrender of Japan at the end of World War II, the Samurai, with their code of virtue and discipline, created a society that prized one's honor over one's own life. In this program, scholars discuss the unique influence that this created and the impact of the Samurai on Japan's institutions and history, including the role of women in political alliances. Also discussed is Japan's shift from feudalism to a bureaucratic and cosmopolitan society, symbolically ruled by the emperor and administered by shoguns.
2005; 1996

The Age of the Shoguns [electronic resource]: 1600-1868

This was the age of the Tokugawa family, the era of Edo, a period of over two-and-a-half centuries during which Japan was hermetically sealed off from the rest of the world and only a few Dutch and Chinese-constantly watched and treated like pariahs-were allowed to live on Japanese soil and to trade with the Japanese. This program treats the history of Japan during this period: the established classes of daimyo, samurai, farmer, and merchant; the political organization of the shogunate; the growth of the merchant class and the development of Kabuki; the delineation of Japanese sensibilities and the meaning of seppuku.
2005; 1989

Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire [electronic resource]: The Way of the Samurai

In the early 1500s, Japan was a divided society ruled by samurai and their daimyo warlords-but all of that changed under the Tokugawa shogunate. This program depicts the early years of Tokugawa Ieyasu, his entry into the world of Japanese military conflict and political intrigue, and his rise to ultimate authority over the country. Viewers will learn about Ieyasu's role in the development of Edo, or Tokyo, and how his uneasy alliance with Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Hideyori eventually led to his bloody seizure of power.

Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire [electronic resource]: The Will of the Shogun

When Tokugawa Ieyasu died at age 72, his vision of a strict class system based on the rule of the samurai had become reality in Japan. But his grandson, Iemitsu, governed in a different style. This program recounts how Iemitsu tightened control over warlords and samurai, pursued policies that led to confrontations with peasants and Christians, and eventually closed Japan to the Western world. Viewers will learn about foreign influences in the country, including Portuguese and Spanish missions and William Adams' role as advisor to the shogunate, as well as the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637.

Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire [electronic resource]: The Return of the Barbarians

By 1690, Japan was completely cut off from the outside world, and a time of cultural flowering and intellectual pursuit ensued. However, conflicts simmered beneath the surface of Edo society. This program sheds light on the factors that helped end Japanese isolation, including the growing restlessness of daimyo armies, mounting interest in Western science, and-most dramatically-the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and his squadron of black ships in 1853. Viewers learn about the eventual disbanding of the samurai class, the demise of the Tokugawa shogunate, and the dawn of the modern era in Japan.

Making Mao [electronic resource]

When the Communist Party took over China in 1949, it engineered a massive propaganda campaign to promote a worker's utopia and make Mao Zedong a god. This program examines the creation of the Mao-centered iconography that permeated the visual, performing, and popular arts as China struggled through its brutal metamorphosis into a modern nation. Artists relate the experience of being forced to work in the Soviet-inspired style that fueled the leader's popularity, as the video tracks Mao's image from revolutionary symbol to its appropriation for kitschy pop art.