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The family has traditionally been the basic unit of Chinese society. Throughout the imperial period and into the beginning of the twentieth century, the relationship among family members was proscribed by Confucian teachings. The revered philosopher sought order in the ancient ties within a family.
Women's roles, responsibilities and expectations have changed in dramatic ways as Chinese society has transformed throughout different political eras. From family structure, marriage, and childbirth to education, workforce participation, and political activity, women have seen and taken part in historical transformations that have accelerated over the last century. For students, exploring firsthand evidence of these changes – and witnessing continuities as well – is a far more exciting prospect than simply reading a text or even watching a documentary.
On June 5, 1989, one day after the Chinese army's deadly crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, a single, unarmed young man stood his ground before a column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured on film and video by Western journalists, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the struggle for freedom around the world. (more) »
China’s growing appetite for meat and dairy is driving big changes in everything from farming to food safety. Introduction: We turn now to China, whose growing appetite for meat and dairy is driving big changes in everything from farming to food safety. Our report is part of the series “ Food for 9 Billion ,” a partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting , Homelands Productions , PBS NewsHour and American Public Media’s Marketplace . Tonight’s story is reported by Mary Kay Magistad, China correspondent for “ PRI's The World .” Reporter Mary Kay Magistad: China’s people are on the move.
Li Zhensheng’s photographs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution are perhaps the most complete and nuanced pictorial account of the decade of turmoil ignited by Mao Zedong. Mr. Li was a photojournalist for the local paper in Harbin, capital of China’s northernmost province of Heilongjiang. That is where he did his life’s work documenting the Cultural Revolution, taking the “positive” propaganda images of masses whipped up in revolutionary fervor for the newspaper, and also the “negative,” more nuanced, questioning pictures. He snipped those frames off his film and hid them under the parquet floorboards of his house until the revolution ended. He did not show these pictures in China until the late 1980s.
Step 1: Researching Qin Shi Huang Di - Look at the pictures below and read the corresponding Information Handouts to complete the Note-Taking Graphic Organizer on Qin Shi Huang Di [ Word Version ]. Make sure you direct your note-taking on each Focus Question as they relate to each topic area. Event A: The Unification of China (Qin Shi Huang Di seated on a throne giving an order to an attendant)
Garden design was an art in China. One of the most common ways to make a Chinese home more elegant was to develop one or more compounds into a garden with plants, rocks, and garden buildings. Gardens were especially appreciated for their great beauty and naturalness.
As a symbol of the crossroads between civilizations, peoples, and cultures, the Silk Road offers rich materials for students to explore diverse but interrelated topics on geography, trade, art, music, religion and history. This free teachers guide and sourcebook, which you are welcome to download, supplements traditional classroom materials with interactive activity plans and reference materials. These materials are adaptable for students from elementary school through high school. Sourcebook: The easy-to-read sourcebook provides the background material you need to familiarize yourself with the Silk Roads as you plan your activities on this theme.
The Silk Road extending from Southern Europe through Arabia, Somalia, Egypt, Persia, India and Java until it reaches China. Good ideas and innovation travel easily--and far. Historically, these ideas spread along trade routes.
China's Cultural Revolution (1966-76) was a time of great hope and great sorrow. For thousands of years, China had been an agricultural society under an imperial ruler. In 1949 the charismatic revolutionary Mao Zedong and the Communist Party took control of the country, promising a break with the agrarian past. They had a dream of a strong, independent, more egalitarian China. The People's Republic of China was born.
Communist Party The Chinese Communist Party's more than 80m-strong membership makes it the biggest political party in the world. Its tight organisation and ruthlessness help explain why it is also still in power.