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ERIC Number: EJ878904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Ten Top Films for Teaching about China Today
Lee, Tanya
Social Education, v74 n1 p49-51 Jan-Feb 2010
As it becomes increasingly essential to include China in the social studies curriculum, teachers are faced with the challenges of finding appropriate, high-quality resources, and, more fundamentally, of engaging students with a culture and a place far removed from their own. Film and video can address both issues, and there is a wealth of resources available. Both feature (fictional) and documentary films can and should be used to help bring China to life in the classroom. This article presents recommendations which come from the author's own experience as program director of the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) and editor of "AEMS News and Reviews," a newsletter featuring film reviews specifically for educators. As she is not currently a classroom teacher, she also sought the advice of teachers around the country who use film in teaching about China. China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) is a period well suited to being illuminated by film. In addition to being critical for understanding the context of Chinese society today, an exploration of the Cultural Revolution is also an opportunity to consider the nature of revolution, of ideological zealotry, and even of adolescent passions. The top ten films for teaching about China today are: (1) "To Live (Huo Zhe)"; (2) "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress"; (3) "Morning Sun"; (4) "The Gate of Heavenly Peace"; (5) "The Tank Man"; (6) "China Blue"; (7) "Up the Yangtze"; (8) "Not One Less (Yige dou bu neng shao)"; (9) "Two Million Minutes"; and (10) "Children of China" Series ("One Day in Ping Wei"; "New Year in Ping Wei"; "Land of the Dragon"; and "Return to Ping Wei"). Included in this article is a list of questions that can be used by teachers who choose to view one or more of these films as a means of strengthening students' analytical skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China