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Legacy: The Origins of Civilization

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This six part series explores the influence on ancient culture on our lives today. Host Michael Wood visits the ancient cities and great ports of India and China, the deserts of Egypt and Iraq, the Mexico of the Inca, Aztec and Mayan peoples, the Greek and Roman monuments of Europe and the jungles of Central America searching for the living legacies of these once great civilizations. The series traces how the institutions that arose with urban civilization 5,000 years ago, such as organized religion, bureaucratic government and international trade are still affecting the political and cultural mindset of many parts of the world today.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Zhongguo Min Su Wen Hua

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Introduces social life and customs of various ethnic groups in China.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Chinese Traditional Painting

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"Chinese traditional painting expresses the essence of Chinese culture. Using brush-pens, ink, paper, and ink-stones as tools, traditional painting has its own unique system for portraits, landscapes, flowers, birds, and other animals. This episode follows the trail of influential artists. It also describes the spiritual framework that developed Chinese traditional painting by examining their works, techniques, and individual life experiences."--Publisher's website.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Chinese Silk

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"In ancient times, Chinese silk and porcelain provided quintessential images of China. This program chronologically describes the development of the Northern Grassland Silk Road, the Southwest Silk Road, and the Silk Road by the Sea. It tells the stories of these ancient trade routes from both western and eastern perspectives. The viewer will learn about silk production, the legendary stories of the Silk Road, and appreciate the most precious silks from each dynasty."--Publisher's website www.huwadvd.com viewed 1/23/06.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Chinese Garden

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"Chinese gardens live in the tradition of ancient landscapes. This program details the architectural characteristics of Chinese gardens, the subtle spatial relationships in the gardens, and the philosophy behind Chinese gardens. Viewers will appreciate the royal style of northern Chinese gardens and the delicate style of southern gardens, understand the ingenuity of the original garden architects, and sense the delightful experience of walking in a Chinese garden."--Publisher's website www.huwadvd.com viewed 1/23/06.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ancient China: A Journey Back in Time

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Using superb 3D graphics, this program highlights China's architectural achievements including The Great Wall of China, the terracotta army of the First Chinese Emperor, a Chinese village from seven thousand years ago and Beijing's Forbidden City.
DVD
2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Dragon Ascends?

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Using the experiences of entrepreneur Guo Guanchang, this film explores China's progress during the past two decades towards a modern, industrialized and economically prosperous nation. It explores the possibilities of future political and social developments.
DVD
2004; 2001
Clemons (Stacks)
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Forging the Future

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"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."--Container.
DVD
2004; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Two Way Traffic

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"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."--Container.
DVD
2004; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Feast or Famine

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"This program documents farmers' hardships... and discusses the exacerbating effects of deforestation and urban growth. Also, potential remedies are showcased..." --container.
DVD
2004; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Family and Social Life in China

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This episode looks at how the Chinese relate to each other on a daily basis and evaluates to what extent the Confucian ideal of family life really exists.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Traditional Concepts of Morality in China

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This episode examines the various aspects of traditional morality in China. Family life, work ethics, and social responsibilities are part of a well maintained unwritten code of ethics originated at the early stages of social development in China.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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China Institutionalizes Itself

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This episode examines Confucianism, the moral system at the root of Chinese civilization. Explores the basics of the code, and the reasons why it has survived centuries of foreign religious influences and competing domestic ideologies.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Gansu Grotto Arts

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Gansu Province lies in Northwest China and is crossed by the famous "Silk Road". Through this ancient route, Chinese silk spread to the Western world and Buddhism and the arts of Buddhist sculpture and architecture were introduced to China. Over centuries, the Chinese art of Buddhist sculpture came into being. Grotto temples, such as the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang, Yulin Grottoes, East Thousand - Buddha Cave, Bingling Temple and Maijishan Grottoes, are scattered throughout the vast land of Gansu Province. They are not only living proof of the hard work and wisdom of the ancient Chinese people but also ancient witnesses to the history of economic and cultural exchange between the Eastern and Western worlds -- Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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He Shang

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A well-documented study about the origin of the Chinese civilization - "Yellow River". The history, culture and the future of China are examined and discussed.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
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Symbolic History : Through Sight and Sound Part Eleven Ars Nova: 14th Century

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A slide show presented as a video of the art, sculpture and architecture of China in the 14th century.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
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Democracy in China [electronic resource]: Billion Small Voices

In China, where approximately 80 percent of the population is rural, the impact of democratic village elections could reshape the future of the nation. Although some Chinese are skeptical, many believe that establishing democracy at the local level will pave the way for a democratic national government. This program focuses on the efforts of The Carter Center to support China's initiative by inviting Chinese delegates to observe U.S. primaries and by sending emissaries to China to assist in the mechanics of gathering and tabulating votes. In its post-Mao effort to catch up economically with other nations, China is opening the door to Western ways and attempting to take its place in the growing Global Village.
Online
2006; 1998
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China [electronic resource]: Dance Around Golden Calf

As China continues to experiment with Western-style economics, many city dwellers already enjoy the prerogatives of a market economy. But how will China feed itself as more and more farmers flee their land for the allure of urban living? This program seeks to understand the effects of economic reform on Chinese society, from the villages to the cities. Will cultural values and the traditional arts and sciences retain their importance as China makes its bid for first-world status, or will they and the rest of the old China be swept away by Western attitudes, a burgeoning middle-class, and the country's new identity as a nascent economic powerhouse?
Online
2006; 1997
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The New Leap Forward [electronic resource]: Chinese Communist Party in 21st Century

Thanks to reforms first enacted by Jiang Zemin and others, Chinese communism has adopted some remarkably capitalistic ideologies. This landmark program documents the transformation of the Chinese Communist Party as, in its efforts to advance the nation's manufacturing power and extend the benefits of Party membership, it inducts a previously banned member segment: private entrepreneurs. But can the new Communist Party still be called Marxist?
Online
2006; 2003
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Hutong [electronic resource]: Alleyways of Change in Contemporary Beijing

As Beijing prepares for the 2008 Olympics, most of the hutong-the city's small traditional dwellings and the network of lanes and alleys formed by them-are being demolished to make room for skyscrapers. This program explores social and cultural changes in historical Beijing, as seen in the life of a few ordinary citizens who still live in the hutong. The program includes computer models of the designing of ancient Beijing City.
Online
2006; 2002