China Triology Teachers’ Guide
Project Director for Ambrica Productions Kathryn Dietz, 1997
Project Director for Osterman Associates Leah Osterman
The history of China is as rich and long as that of any country on earth, yet for centuries China has bewildered us with its different languages, customs, and political traditions. The CHINA Triology, produced by Ambrica productions, tells the story of the eight extraordinary decades of upheaval in China which followed the fall of its last emperor in 1911. The series is comprised of three films: China in Revolution which examines the early years of the Chinese Republic; The Mao Years which tells the story of how Mao Zedong and his colleagues tried to build a “new China”; and Born Under the Red Flag which examines the nation’s transformation under the leadership Deng Xiaoping into an extraordinary hybrid of communism and capitalism.
The CHINA Trilogy Teacher’s Guide is an invaluable resource to any educator who wishes to bring the modern history of China into their classroom. The guide provides a separate lesson for each one-hour segment and includes: a list of historical events explored in the segment; an overview of segment content; a brief description of the historical characters introduced or featured in the segment; “before viewing questions” and “after viewing questions”; class and group activities; and focus group suggestions to encourage more advanced study and research in Chinese history.
To obtain a teacher’s guide, contact Ambrica Productions
Major funding was provided by the Freeman Foundation.