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Film Review Essay, Resources

China Rises

China Rises represents an extraordinary international collaboration that pooled the resources of documentary makers in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom to accomplish a project literally and figuratively too large for any to complete alone. The result is an exquisitely photographed and thoughtfully scripted introduction to the “new” new China in the era of economic reform. This documentary portrait of China refuses to get trapped in stereotypes—for every ec...

Film Review Essay, Resources

Human Rights in China: The Search for Common Ground

A Film By Raymond Olson Sacred Mountain Productions VHS. 50 Minutes. Color. 2004 DVD. 114 Minutes. Color. 2004 English Only (No Subtitles, Occasional Translations as Voiceovers) Distributed By Sacred Mountain Productions, PMB 157, 16420 S. E. McGillivray, Suite 103, Vancouver, VW 98683-3461 Sociologist Raymond Olson uses recorded interviews and striking video footage from contemporary China to take the viewer inside one of the most fascinating intellectual arguments and most frustrating...

Book Review Essay, Resources

To Live: A Novel

Yu Hua is one of the leaders of the post-Mao generation of writers struggling to find a voice for their experiences in a literary world whose perspectives had been warped by the constraints of socialist realism and which could voice criticism only in a veiled historicism that located exemplary mistakes in the experiences of figures associated with dynasties well removed from the present. The results of that search led young authors to experiment with a variety of genres—science fiction, surrea...