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By Danish Radio

Soon more than 550 cities world wide will have a population of more than one million. In 2030 eighty percent of the world's population will live in cities. Megacities have traditionally been economic and political power centers but today the fastest growing cities are in developing nations.

The new challenge is that cities are growing helter skelter rather than planned. There is an acute need for new models of city planning to prevent collapses under such huge social, economic and environmental pressure. If cities are to remain livable, the problems of population increase must be understood and dealt with. Cities on Speed shows how four different megacities are dealing with this challenge. What are the visions and the solutions and how do they affect the inhabitants?


Shanghai is not just a city - it's an explosion of 4,000 skyscrapers, thousands of miles of highway, millions of citizens and thousands of government planners. Vast communities need to be expropriated to make way for new skyscrapers, roads and industries. The government tries to control it, the citizens try to use it but Shanghai is beyond control.

DVD / 2011 / 60 minutes

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China's economic prowess is seldom questioned, but how has the largest communist society in the world also become the most dynamic capitalist economy? In this video lecture from the 2010 Falling Walls Conference, sociologist Doug Guthrie disentangles the generally accepted assumption that markets are more efficient than state planning and provides a unique view on economic innovation. With ample academic research and experiences in East Asia, Guthrie's doctoral study on Chinese corporate response to institutional changes was awarded the field's top dissertation award and has formed the basis of several books of economic reform in China. After teaching at top international institutions like Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Stanford University, Columbia University, and Emory University, Guthrie was appointed the dean of George Washington University's School of Business, where he is committed to guiding the business community through the challenges presented by the new communist-capitalist economic landscape.

DVD / 2010 / 15 minutes

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Will the 21st century be the Chinese century? Economics correspondent Paul Solman examines the rise of China as a global economic power - and the challenges that lie before it - in this timely collection of NewsHour reports.

Episodes include...
  • China's Growing Economy: This segment spotlights the freewheeling Chinese economy - and its growing pains
  • The Chinese Consumer: This segment seeks to understand Chinese consumers and how both Wal -Mart and high -end boutiques are catering to them
  • The Cult of Mao Zedong: This segment illustrates how the idealism and enthusiasm of the early Mao years is influencing China's emerging free market economy
  • Misinvestment in China: This segment sheds light on the Chinese government's notably opaque investment practices and the failing Shanghai Stock Exchange
  • Interview with Cheng Siwei: In this segment, China's "father of venture capital" speaks on economic relations with the U.S., foreign investment, textile exports, and the revaluation of the yuan
  • Piracy Explored: This segment investigates piracy of foreign intellectual property rights in China, using Viagra as a case in point
  • Bumps in the Road?: This segment seriously questions whether China's economy can continue to grow at its incredible pace without major political reform

    Note: Only available in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan and Australia/New Zealand

  • "As a teaching tool, the seven episodes offer considerable background on the Chinese economy and a number of intriguing points to spark discussion. Recommended." - Educational Media Reviews Online

    DVD / 2007 / 77 minutes

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    By Lana Jokel

    Lana Jokel, the filmmaker, was born in Shanghai to a privileged family that lived an enviable life style. When the Communists came to power the family fled, ultimately to Brazil where her father became a successful industrialist. Lana eventually was educated in America, where she now lives, but her search for roots brought her back to China. This beguiling film records her first visit back to the land of her birth and the relatives she left behind.

    With her camera in hand she embarks on a personal odyssey to rediscover China. Lana reunites with her sole surviving Auntie, who at 90 lives in a rundown apartment that she does not want to leave since her neighbors watch out for her. Lana finds cousins she never met, some who led difficult lives under the Communists, but others who are now affluent. They show her the new China, a mingling of old traditions, such as tea tasting, with today's predilection for a western life style. We follow Lana as she visits old haunts, like the former French Club now transformed to the plush Garden Hotel. As she tours the country the viewer is given a quick history lesson of China's past by this insightful guide, infused with personal poignancy.

    DVD / 2006 / College, Adult / 56 minutes

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    A clandestinely shot, deep-access account of how the clothes we buy are actually made.

    Like no other film before, China Blue is a powerful and poignant journey into the harsh world of sweatshop workers. Shot clandestinely, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retailers don't want us to see: how the clothes we buy are actually made.

    Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society.

  • "China Blue lends itself to sparking classroom discussion because the story it tells is both crystal-clear and complex. The camera team got amazing access, so we feel in touch with what is real. And as a result, there are no bad guys. Everyone is trying to survive and succeed. Where is it in the system -- that starts with a factory in China and ends with us as consumers -- that the problems we see are going to be fixed?" - ANDREW NATHAN, CHAIR, DEPT. OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

  • "China Blue puts a human face on the contentious issue of "cheap Chinese labor." It shows us the links between the rural and urban areas, the farms and factories in China. Although the work is grueling and bosses often unscrupulous, we do see that the young workers who migrate to the burgeoning industrial zones have unprecedented opportunities to meet people from elsewhere in China, learn about city life and global popular culture. The film makes an excellent tool for stimulating classroom discussion on a broad range of topics impacting not only China, but the rest of the world as well." - THOMAS B. GOLD, CHAIR, DEPT. OF SOCIOLOGY, UC- BERKELEY AND DIRECTOR, BERKELEY CHINA INITIATIVE

  • "China Blue offers an illuminating window onto the normally hidden worlds of global production. It provides unparalleled access to the everyday lives of garment workers in China, giving them voice, and giving a face to the reality underlying China's emergence as the factory floor to the world. For those interested in globalization, economic development, or current controversies around sweatshops, China Blue is an excellent introduction to the experiences of workers from developing countries-even those supposedly 'winning' through globalization." - DARA O'ROURKE, Ph.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND LABOR POLICY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY

  • "Anyone who watches this movie...cannot help but gain some greater insight into what 'holism' and 'globalization' mean in the modern world. Not only are other aspects of Chinese society changing as it's economy changes...but the changes in China are being felt in the West and vice versa...Hopefully, American viewers of this film will think more critically about the jeans they wear, their own industrial history, the phenomenon of globalization, and the human cost of providing goods at ever-lower prices." - DAVID ELLER, METROPOLITAN STATE COLLEGE OF DENVER (for Anthropology Review Database)

  • "China Blue is more than an exercise in cinematic activism...the film develops a natural dramatic structure that's profoundly affecting. Mr. Peled doesn't just record the girl's indignities, he listens to their dreams...China Blue examines the plight of the world's largest pool of cheap labor and traces its exploitation to a retail outlet near you." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

  • "The most heartbreaking, moving film in theaters right now is not "Babel," "Letters From Iwo Jima" or "Little Children." It is China Blue...This is an unforgettable film." - THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

  • "Micha X. Peled's marvelous documentary about the young women who work in a Chinese jeans factory is an empathetic and revealing study. With probing access and a level of detail similar films have failed to obtain, the film doesn't just describe the tough working conditions of these factories-it draws vigorous, charming portraits of the women who work there. This is one of the best of many recent documentaries about globalization." - NEW YORK MAGAZINE

  • "Heartbreaking yet boldly essential...fairly balanced and richly human." - THE SEATTLE TIMES

  • "Compelling...gives the phrase "sweatshop" a whole different perspective." - MIAMI HERALD

  • "The Tacit fury of China Blue..." - RICHARD CORLISS, TIME MAGAZINE

  • "What if, when you stuck your hand into the pocket of a new pair of brand-name jeans, you pulled out a letter from one of the exploited workers who had slaved and sweated over your denim? Would you be surprised if the writer acted more curious than angry? Would you chuckle when she wondered why you need such tall, wide pants? That's the experience of watching China Blue...Refreshing." - THE BOSTON GLOBE

  • "A riveting documentary...a heart-wrenching story of the exploitation of young optimism and energy by...the desire for profit. See it before you head off to the mall for that clothing sale." - THE MARIN PACIFIC SUN

  • "Intimate and rigorously detailed...remarkable level of access and the complex portrait of globalization as an intractable beast that relies on consumer complicity in viewing foreign laborers as subhuman." - TIME OUT NEW YORK

  • "Eye opening...[filmmaker] Peled was harassed at every turn by Chinese officials, but he managed to get this shocking film made. That's just one reason China Blue is worthy of praise." - NEW YORK POST

  • "Surprisingly fair-minded...it gives its heart and soul to the girls." - THE NATION

  • "There's a terrible irony to the designer jeans uniformly worn by teenage laborers featured in China Blue, Micha X. Peled's meticulously livid expose of a sweatshop in Southern China." - VILLAGE VOICE/SF WEEKLY

  • "Bay Area documentarian Micha X. Peled got unprecedented access to a blue jeans factory... It's a verite portrait of adolescents who are instantly recognizable, though their sweatshop environs strike us as nearly unendurable." - THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

  • "Pic's degree of access and intimacy is surprising, even more so when closing intertitles reveal Chinese authorities did try to shut down the filmmakers several times...engaging in character and narrative terms...much of China Blue is charming, because its subjects are...Micha Peled's docu China Blue makes a stronger case against worker exploitation than any news item could..." - DAILY VARIETY

  • "The Best Documentary of Toronto 2005? Micha Peled's China Blue, a heartbreaking, truly unforgettable "cinema verite" stay with two teenage girls employed in a Chinese bluejean factory. It's even worse than the news stories, the exploitation, degradation, and downright slavery of millions of Chinese peasants who have traveled to the cities looking for work." - GERALD PEARY, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

  • "An intimate and eye-opening look into the personal lives of sweatshop workers...The film is an unflinching indictment of globalization. " - THE MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

  • "It is difficult, but necessary, to watch China Blue. For those who take shopping for consumer goods for granted...this behind-the-scenes look at how one popular item is produced will leave you chilled...China Blue is a must-see." - FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL

  • "China Blue can burst through the typical abstract depiction of this problem in order to confront its human dimension. It's a shocking experience." - THE L MAGAZINE

  • "Without (Chinese) government knowledge or approval, San Francisco filmmaker Micha X. Peled shot a stunningly candid portrait of the lively teenagers who make blue jeans." - RELEASE PRINT

  • "This eye-opening documentary will have particular value for students of sociology, Asian studies, and economics. Jasmine's plight can serve as an excellent springboard for discussions about women's and worker's rights and the eco

    DVD(Color) / 2005 / Grades 10 - 12, College, Adult / 88 minutes

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    By Tang Yuen Mei Joani and Fung Wing Chuen Tely

    A pair of small feet -- three-inch golden lilies -- were once the male-designated yardstick for feminine beauty in China. A young girl"s feet were broken and bound inwards along the instep, a process that caused excruciating pain. Systematically bound, day after day, the stunted feet began to take on the coveted look of that profoundly sensuous image, the lotus bulb.

    Today there are fewer than 400 women with bound feet among the 1.25 billion people of China. Most of them are over 80 years old. Some of these women tell us of the event that branded their lives with its singular mark. Once an erotic symbol of beauty and eligibility, the bound foot confronts us with a custom that subjugated women to a brutal beauty myth.

  • Association for Asian Studies, 2009

    DVD / 2004 / College, Adult / 52 minutes

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    By Frank Esman

    This is a view of China in transition through the eyes of six members of the intelligentsia. They are addressing the issue of freedom of expression and censorship. Among them are: an author who points out that if his book gets banned in China he will reap the profits from foreign sales; a film director who know how far he can go to get by the censors; a journalist dedicated to socialism who feels she must expose corruption despite receiving threats; a dramatist who speaks out about China's transformation; a composer who observes that Western music has gained acceptance; and an artist who looks forward to the day when "more voices can be heard."

    They offer widely differing opinions about China's future. Some have developed into high powered entrepreneurs; others still long for communism in its purest form. Artistic freedom is no longer looked upon as a force that threatens the system. There is a growing understanding that in a society as complex as China's, the state-sanctioned arts of the communist era are simplistic and irrelevant.

    DVD / 2002 / College, Adult / 28 minutes

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    In Bejing stands the only hospital in China to specialize in allowing people approaching the end of their lives to die with dignity. It was established ten years ago by Dr. Li Wei, who had been a barefoot doctor in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. He saw much hardship during those years and vowed to help some of those people who survived.

    Compared to a Western hospital, this is a simple, basic facility. Care and respect permeates the atmosphere. Each of the elderly patients embodies the history of his or her generation. Entwined with their stories is film footage illustrating the turbulent times through which they lived. By focusing on the stories of a few people nearing the end of life, The Chinese Hospice lends a personal face to history.

  • "Highly recommended... for those interested in the sociology of aging in contemporary cultures." - Charles Greenberg, Yale University Medical Library

  • American Society on Aging, 2000

    DVD / 2000 / College, Adult / 46 minutes

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    By Yue-Qing Yang

    In feudal China, women, usually with bound feet, were denied educational opportunities and condemned to social isolation. But in Jian-yong county in Hunan province, peasant women miraculously developed a separate written language, called Nu Shu, meaning "female writing." Believing women to be inferior, men disregarded this new script, and it remained unknown for centuries. It wasn't until the 1960s that Nu Shu caught the attention of Chinese authorities, who suspected that this peculiar writing was a secret code for international espionage. Today, interest in this secret script continues to grow, as evidenced by the wide critical acclaim of Lisa See's recent novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, about Nu Shu.

    NU SHU: A HIDDEN LANGUAGE OF WOMEN IN CHINA is a thoroughly engrossing documentary that revolves around the filmmaker's discovery of eighty-six-year-old Huan-yi Yang, the only living resident of the Nu Shu area still able to read and write Nu Shu. Exploring Nu Shu customs and their role in women's lives, the film uncovers a women's subculture born of resistance to male dominance, finds a parallel struggle in the resistance of Yao minorities to Confucian Han Chinese culture, and traces Nu Shu's origins to some distinctly Yao customs that fostered women's creativity.

  • "An eye opener. Good documentaries are able to not only uncover facts but get to the emotional core of their human subjects. Yue-Qing Yang does just that." - Mark Andrews, Vancouver Sun

  • "Yang's film is an intimate look at all aspects of the women's lives: their abusive husbands, the hardships and hunger they faced, and the beauty of their songs and embroidery." - Lisa Smedman, Vancouver Echo

  • "We just don't get a chance to see China on such an intimate level. This film is absolutely fascinating." - Netty Wild, Filmmaker

    DVD(Color) / 1999 / 59 minutes

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    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.

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  • Emmy Award Nominee

    DVD / 1998 / 29 minutes

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    By Mayfair Yang

    "THROUGH CHINESE WOMEN'S EYES offers an insightful journey into the transformations in the lives of Chinese women over the 20th century. In a fascinating overview, anthropologist/director Mayfair Yang documents the attempts to erase gender differences under Mao, today's changing ideas of femininity, and the crystallization of Chinese feminism at the UN Women's conference in Beijing. As propaganda films and news footage of the 1960's, present day television images, and interview footage from the 1990's mingle in a rich visual history, teachers, karaoke singers, organizers, and others share their lives. This sensitive portrayal of the daily experiences and historical memories of Chinese is essential to an understanding of contemporary feminisms." - Faye Ginsburg, New York University

  • "A visual and conceptual compilation of incredible interest and a fascinating exploration of the contradictions and satisfactions of Chinese feminism." - Janet Walker, UC Santa Barbara

  • "A remarkable and complex visualization... compelling both as image and scholarship." - Shirley Lim, UC Santa Barbara

    DVD(Color) / 1997 / 52 minutes

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    By Georges Dufaux

    A penetrating look at urban life in contemporary China, this film takes us into the rhythms of the great train station in Wuchang, a city of four million in Hubei province, 240 kilometers south of Beijing. We watch long lines of passengers guided and exhorted to be orderly by station employees, who win red flags for neat rows of travelers. Young and old workers talk about their daily lives, the impact of the revolution, their jobs. We witness the retirement party of 60-year-old Lin Pingjie, celebrated with thermoses of tea, drums and cymbals, and resounding speeches.

    DVD(Color) / 1980 / 59 minutes

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    By George Chang, Richard Chen and Norman Miller

    The film concerns the traditional "floating population" who fish Chinese coastal waters from family sized Junks based in Hong Kong in competition with salaried fisherman using large, mechanized boats. The combined effect of education and an increased integration with shore life is putting strains on the old ways.

    This is a "process film" in that it portrays the economic activities of three fishing families, each pursuing a different kind of fishing. Like the whole "Faces Of Change" series, it focuses on rural people using small-scale technology. Other fishing methods exist in the South China Sea-the large "long-liners" and deep-sea trawlers are big business operations with hired crews and constantly changing technology.

    China Coast fishing styles around Hong Kong waters have changed greatly in the last decade. Most of the sailing junks have given way to junks with small inboard diesel engines. Of the nearly 5,800 registered boats in Hong Kong in 1973, less than 900 had sails of any kind and many of these had auxiliary engines.

    The scale of fishing operations here is far larger than one might expect. The former British territory of Hong Kong has some 280 islands and encompasses 404 square miles of water. Fishing people often shelter in the bays of uninhabited islands and use the beaches to clean their boats. Many boats are double licensed and ply the waters of both Hong Kong and mainland China. The small family junk is found along the whole South China coast.

    DVD(Color) / 1974 / 19 minutes

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    By George Change, Richard Chen and Norman Miller

    A fourteen-year-old boy, living with his family on a fishing junk near a small island in Hong Kong territory reflects on his visits to an ancient harbor town, on his experiences in school, and on his future. His teacher, his parents, and the village headman provide three other vectors on Hoy Fok's life and expectations.

    DVD(Color) / 1974 / 32 minutes

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    By George Chang, Richard Chen, and Norman Miller

    Tai A Chau is home for both farmers and fishermen who use the island as a permanent harborfor their small floating homes. The daily routines of Mr. Wong, a fisherman, and Mr. Ng, a farmer, are representative of their respective problems of survival, mutual dependence, and hopes for the future.

    Island in the China Sea is the introductory film in the China Coast series of Faces of Change. It provides a broad overview of the rural societies of both the island farmer and the boat people who harbor here. It traces the lifestyle of agricultural and fishing families, juxtaposing their daily activities and their tacit interaction. The symbiosis is in delicate balance, however, since ideas of class and caste set the two groups apart. Island farmers have traditionally regarded boat people as inferior.

    DVD(Color) / 1974 / 16 minutes

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    By George Change, Richard Chen and Norman Miller

    A young, a middle-aged, and an old woman all agree that life on a small Chinese island in Hong Kong waters is better for them now than it was in the past. Participating fully in the island's decision-making and economic life, they also share equally with men in the rigors of manual labor.

    DVD(Color) / 1974 / 17 minutes

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    They live there. They eat there. Their children attend school there. But most of all, they work there. They are the 17000 employees of EUPA, a "Factory City" in the southeast corner of China. EUPA's massive workforce pumps out 15 million irons per year, millions of sandwich grills, microwaves, coffee makers and blenders. Now they are about to take the manufacturing world by storm with their introduction of solar powered products. The show will focus not on how the goods are made, but how the Factory City operates. It is a novel concept for the rest of the world but it has become a way of life in China, where a new industrial revolution is unfolding on a scale the world has never seen before.

    DVD / Grades 9-12 / 60 mintues

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