ERIC Number: ED210240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Transformation: Building a New Society. Through Chinese Eyes, Volume 2. Revised Edition.
Seybolt, Peter J.; Clark, Leon E., Ed.
A Chinese view of China and the world is presented in this book, which is second in a series of two volumes which can be used in secondary and college courses. The reality of everyday life as experienced by the Chinese people is recreated in the series. Almost all of the material in both volumes has been written by Chinese and has been taken from a variety of sources: autobiographies, fiction, poetry, newspaper and magazine articles, and historical documents. Each primary source selection is preceded by an editor's introduction which provides background information and a few questions for class discussion. Volume two continues the theme of change by exploring the struggles and debates within China over economic development, the proper path for socialism, and the role of literature and art in society. This second volume is comprised of four sections. In the first section, "The Cultural Revolution," a student talks about the Red Guards, a young man tells how he became a writer, and a once idealistic young woman talks about the disillusionment of youth. The second section deals with "The Economic Revolution." Included is a fictionalized account of how a farming cooperative got started in one area, a criticism of some of the agricultural decisions made during the Cultural Revolution, and a description of a model worker in the Taching oil fields. The primary sources presented in the third section examine "Population, Pollution, and Health Care.""China and the World" is the topic of the fourth and last section of the book. Included is a letter which illustrates the arrogance of the traditional Chinese attitude toward foreigners, and excerpts from speeches showing the arrogance of Westerners once they had become dominant in China. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Area Studies, Asian Studies, Chinese Culture, Communism, Economic Change, Health, Higher Education, Pollution, Population Growth, Primary Sources, Reading Materials, Revolution, Secondary Education, Social Attitudes, Social Change
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for International Training and Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: China; Chinese People
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