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81.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Chinese POWs, ca. 1938

Sino-Japanese war; Japanese troops on the move, Chinese POWs
Online
1938
82.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Japanese Troops in Canton China, ca. 1938

Sino-Japanese War: Japanese troops enter Canton; effects on Chinese inhabitants
Online
1938
83.

In Search of Genghis Khan [electronic resource]

This program looks at the legend and the traces of Genghis Khan as well as the people and culture of his descendants, whose lives are barely changed since the Mongol horde burst out of Central Asia in the 13th century to ride as far as the gates of Vienna and permanently change the face of most of Asia and Europe.
Online
1993
84.

Sun Yat-Sen and the Three Principles of the Revolution [electronic resource]

This program shows the stark life of China's peasants as they lived in 1949, which is how they had lived for centuries, perhaps for millennia; the Boxer Rebellion; the revolts of 1911 and 1919, and the appearance of Sun Yat-sen on the scene; the founding of the Kuomintang, the role of the warlords, and the events following the death of Sun, up to the Long March. The program thus sets against the backdrop which explains their goals, the three principles of the Chinese revolution: improve the life of the people; drive out the foreigners; modernize China.
Online
1991
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Mao Tse-Tung [electronic resource]: The Architect of Modern China

This program looks at the life, the achievements, and the legacy of Mao Tse-tung: birth, education, enlistment in the revolutionary army revolting against the Manchu dynasty; founding the Communist Party and the first Chinese Soviet; break with the Kuomintang and the Long March; formulation of the rectification campaign adapting Marxism to Chinese culture; victory over the Nationalists in 1949; the Great Proletarian Revolution; the Cultural Revolution; swimming the Yangtze; opening to the West and the meeting with Nixon; the death of Chou En-lai; the death of Mao; the fall of the Gang of Four; the opening of a Pepsi factory and tourists on the Great Wall; the Tiananmen massacre.
Online
1991
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Children of Blessing [electronic resource]: Opportunity for China's Minorities

This documentary provides a poignant look at modern China. Flower, Rascal, and their friends come from a remote village in the Chinese mountains and speak only Lahu. Now they must leave their idyllic home for boarding school in the city. During their first year at primary school, they're modeled into being good socialist workers. Can the girls make their way in modern China? And what price will they have to pay to succeed? Both girls work hard, and in the end they achieve high scores in their exams. They're prepared for their new lives, but they realize they can have success only on terms of the Chinese system. Beautifully filmed, Children of Blessing reveals how China assimilates its minorities.
Online
2005
87.

Made in China [electronic resource]

Heqing and Heping Fan are responsible for China's economic miracle - they and millions like them who reluctantly left their homes in the countryside for steady wages in the Cixi Industrial Zone. This program follows the Fans during their seven-day workweek and a rare, difficult trip home to visit the children they had to leave behind. The impact of what is essentially an instant industrial revolution has China coping with social and psychological issues that took hundreds of years for the West to work out, in just one generation. The video also examines the role of the Chinese Communist Party in the country's financial boom and its clash with capitalist realities.
Online
2007
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Forging the Future [electronic resource]: China's Industrial Heritage

China's first industrial revolution occurred more than two millennia before Europe's. Today, there is a new wave of industrialization in China as the awakened dragon prepares to test its wings. This program draws on historical evidence and expert commentary to vividly illustrate China's early mastery of crucial industrial processes and to explain how they contributed to the wealth and progress of Chinese civilization. Pivotal events that hampered China's advancement in recent centuries and the country's move to regain its momentum as a world-class producer and an Information Age innovator are also examined.
Online
2000
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Two-Way Traffic [electronic resource]: China, the Hub of the East

China's Great Wall suggests a land that shut itself off from the world, yet travelers, ideas, inventions, and goods have flowed in and out of China since ancient times. Buddhism and Islam entered via its fabled silk roads, and innovations in the arts and industrial sciences were exported from its cosmopolitan seaports to the centers of the known world. Why, then, did the most powerful economy on Earth isolate itself from outside trade? In this program, archaeologists, scholars, and others shed light on the tides of China's cultural and economic fortunes, from ancient times to today, as the country once again opens its doors to the world.
Online
2000
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Beijing City Guide [electronic resource]: Pilot Guides

This Pilot Guides episode features the city of Beijing, capital of the People's Republic of China and a promised land of potential prosperity for the Chinese people. The trip begins in Tiananmen Square, former stage of Cultural Revolution rallies where soldiers run morning drills, then moves on to the Forbidden City, a cluster of ancient buildings off limits for 500 years during the Ming and Qiung dynasty. Watch the explorers climb to the roof of the Ancient Observatory, sample Mao's revolutionary cooking prepared by his townsfolk, admire the gardens and frescoes of the Lama Temple, and join the revelers of the Lantern Festival. Finally, the video takes viewers to the Longquin Gorge, a canyon in Yanquin County, for Beijing's Ice Lantern Festival.
Online
2003
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Chinatown [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

Delve into the multiculturalism of Chinatowns around the globe with travellers Lavinia Tan, Megan McCormick, and Justine Shapiro, as they visit Penang, Singapore, Lima, San Francisco, New York City, London, and Hong Kong. Tan discovers exquisite Chinese and Malay cuisine, visits a clan house, and experiences the Hungry Ghost Festival. She learns about Singapore's trading center, and the incredibly cramped living conditions of migrant workers. Next, Megan follows the "coolie workers," Chinese laborers forced onto ships bound for cities across the world. Exploring the history of the transcontinental railway, Justine Shapiro visits the Californian city of Locke - the only U.S. town built and solely inhabited by the Chinese. Back in the city, Justine is given a tour of Chinatown and visi [...]
Online
2005
92.

Fairytale of Kathmandu [electronic resource]: Portrait of a Fallen Idol

In this haunting documentary, the celebrated Irish poet Cathal O'Searcaigh invites his greatest fan Neasa di Chandin to Nepal. And so a journey begins which neither will ever forget. But what Neasa expected to be the trip of a lifetime soon turns into a disquieting and idol-smashing experience. "This was not the story I wanted to tell," says Neasa, who directed the film, and viewers feel her disappointment as Cathal's behavior with young men is revealed. Provocative in both content and technique, this finely crafted documentary is not only a portrait of a fallen idol - it is also a glimpse into the murky world of sex tourism.
Online
2008
93.

Google China Standoff [electronic resource]

Whether Google, Inc. expanded into China because of the country's vast consumer market or out of a sincere desire to make information available may be up for debate. The company is known for its idealistic corporate culture, but the controversy regarding Google China's censorship policy became so fierce that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton felt compelled to make a worldwide call for Internet freedom. This program examines Google, Inc.'s operation in China and its battle between political and economic sensitivity and unlimited access to information. Differing points of view are presented by Beijing professor Hu Yong; Kaiser Kuo, director of communications at the Chinese Web services company Baidu; CUNY professor Ying Zhu; Ken Auletta, author of Googled; and others.
Online
2011
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Hong Kong and Taiwan [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

This Globe Trekker video follows Megan McCormick through two countries closely linked to China's politics and traditions yet inching toward western modernity. In Hong Kong, Megan learns how feng shui influences many modern skyscrapers, sees a wishing tree, goes on a shopping spree in a piracy-friendly district, sees a fortune-teller, bets on horses, hits the city's trendiest club, takes a tai chi lesson, meets a legendary movie stunt man, visits the historic Sam's Tailor, which has clothed Bill Clinton and Luciano Pavarotti, goes paragliding, and marvels at the world's biggest, sitting Buddha. In Taiwan, she starts in Taipei, visiting a night market that specializes in medicinal snake products, Martyrs' Temple, and the still under-construction mirrored 101 Tower. Out of the city, Meg [...]
Online
2003
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Ultimate China [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

This Globe Trekker episode follows several explorers through China, a country with over 1.3 billion citizens on a land mass barely larger than the U.S. They visit Emperor Qin's mausoleum in Xianyang and study China's history in Beijing. For centuries under imperial rule China was civilization's hot-spot of arts, sciences, and trade, providing the world with silk, porcelain, and tea, but it was all ended by the British Opium Wars and Mao Zedong's communist revolution. Since Chairman Mao's fall, China's rich cultural diversity and capacity for major trade are resurfacing. The team goes shopping in Shanghai, bets on the races in Hong Kong, visits Buddhist and Daoist temples, tries tai chi and acupuncture, and tastes scorpion on a stick. They glimpse peasant life at a rural festival and [...]
Online
2005
96.

Maostalgia [electronic resource]

In this program, Niall Ferguson asks how China manages to live under a Communist government but with a thriving capitalist economy. He travels to the new supercity of Chongqing and to the rural backwaters of Anhui to talk with survivors of Mao's regime, new billionaires, and Maoist nationalists, and finds the way China is governed now is eerily similar to the way it was under the First Emperor.
Online
2012
97.

SuperPower [electronic resource]

In this program, Niall Ferguson asks what China's growing global presence and aggressive nationalism mean for the rest of the world. The West is increasingly dependent on China's money to bail out its own fragile economies - but at what price? What would it be like to work in a Chinese-dominated world? Should China's abuse of human rights criticized, or ignored?
Online
2012
98.

Emperors [electronic resource]

In this program, Niall Ferguson shows how the vast apparatus of the Chinese state has always been called on to subjugate individual freedom to the higher goal of unity. Ferguson also examines how, on the other hand, centralized control produces tensions that threaten to destroy the country.
Online
2012
99.

Inside China [electronic resource]: The Newest Revolution

Through the eyes of one peasant family, this classic film looks at China's latest revolution: a gamble with individual wealth and material incentives. A huge national experiment plans to dismantle the communes in an effort to modernize the country. While this refocusing on individual effort would potentially enrich the peasants and workers, it could also threaten the communal life established since the Chinese Revolution of 1949.
Online
1983
100.

A Song for Tibet [electronic resource]

The mythical image of Tibet as the land of snow and mountains and burgundy-clad monks and prayer wheels often hides the tragedy of a forgotten people. Since the 1950 invasion of their territory by China, Tibetans have been struggling for cultural and political survival in a world surprisingly indifferent to their plight. Filmed in the Indian Himalayas and in Canada, A Song for Tibet tells the dramatic story of the efforts by Tibetans in exile, including the Dalai Lama, to save their homeland and preserve their heritage against overwhelming odds. This documentary received the award for the Best Short Documentary at the 13th Genie Awards as well as the People's Choice Award for Best Documentary Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Online
1991