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Unit 5 Assessment/ Chinese Communism in 21st Century

The following are the group links for the Unit 5 Assessment:

Group 1  The Widening Gap in Politics

Pictures

Stefan Landsberger’s Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages: Lei  Feng.  http://www.iisg.nl/~landsberger/lf.html
The site features poster art from the days of Maoist China exhorting the Chinese population towards self-sacrifice and volunteerism. The “Lei Feng” posters are annotated by Stefan Landsberger and the site itself is hosted by the International Institute of Social History in the Netherlands.

“China’s Wealth Gap.” BBC NEWS. Picture Gallery.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/04/asia_pac_china0s_wealth_gap/html/1.stm
BBC NEWS Online visited two of China’s poorest interior provinces and recorded comments by Chinese peasants as to what their government has or hasn’t done to alleviate their economic and social plight. The peasants interviewed appeared keenly aware of the extent to which rural areas have been shortchanged by government policies.

Videos

New Worker

“Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online.” Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/wideangle/videobank/tohave_newworker.html .

 

Home Village

“Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online.” Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/wideangle/videobank/tohave_village.html .

 

Group 2  Rural vs. Urban Chinese Society

 Video

 Illegal in Beijing

      “Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online.” Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/wideangle/videobank/tohave_illegal.html .

Article

  • “China Pledges Elimination of Rural Compulsory Education Charges In Two Years.” PEOPLE’S DAILY. March 5, 2006.
    http://english.people.com.cn/200603/05/eng20060305_248011.html
    The article appears in an official government publication noting what the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, has promised to do to begin to close the recognized rural-urban gap in educational services. The article is quite candid in pointing to China’s inability to live up to its goal of providing a government-funded, free and compulsory education for every citizen.

Group 3  Economic Reform

Video

To Have and Have Not

“Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online.” Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/wideangle/videobank/tohave_beijing.html .

 Pictures

 “China’s New Shoppers.” BBC NEWS. Picture Gallery.

Group 4  Economic Effects on a Democratic China

Videos

            To Have Barshefsky

“Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online.” Wide Angle . Video Bank | Thirteen Ed Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/wideangle/videobank/tohave_barshefsky.html .

Articles

  • “China Village Democracy Skin Deep.” BBC NEWS. October 10, 2005.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4319954.stm
    The article discusses the difficulty for political reform (e.g. Democratic institutions) to take root in the PRC. Citizens are given a modicum of political freedom only to see that freedom disappear when candidates who oppose the Communist party line are discouraged from running for office. Political change is slowly occurring in China’s villages; when such change will reach China’s cities is an open question.
  • “China’s Tight Rein on Online Growth.” BBC NEWS. March 8, 2005.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/technology/4327067.stm
    The article details the explosive growth of China’s online population (now second only to the U.S.) and the Chinese government’s strenuous efforts to control the country’s Internet infrastructure. Despite severe penalties, the posting of politically sensitive comments continues within the country.
  • Tim Luard. “China’s Censored Media Answers Back.” BBC NEWS. February 23, 2006.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4743274.stm
    Demands for freedom of expression in China are being heard within the PRCÑsome of them coming from former senior Communist Party members. The author notes that China’s leaders are faced with a dilemma: they need the media to expose corrupt local officials as a way of heading off local unrest. However, they worry if too much exposure of corruption within the Communist Party will cause even more unrest.

 

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