- Foreign Worlds, Adventure, Human Interest, and Social Issues
Introducing students and teachers to the real China. It puts a human dimension to the critically important American issue of the value of international understanding.
We follow a group of American teachers—who teach students about China—as they visit it for the first time. From historic sites to people's homes they confront their book knowledge with personal experience and discover a new passion for Asia. We see how back in their classrooms this changes them, energizes their teaching and expands horizons for their students
The teachers in turn inspire their students with a desire for learning about China, to the point that the students are so eager for more of what they are being taught, they don't want to leave when the bell rings.
"Ideal in preparing teachers for a study tour to China..."
-Anne Prescott, Associate Director, Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies, Univ. of Illinois
- Show treatment
The documentary primarily tells the story from the points of view of two middle school educators: Michelle, a young teacher never before overseas, who eagerly soaks up everything; and Wanda, an older, more experienced teacher who enthralls her students with stories about China and many fascinating souvenirs she acquired there.
In China we follow teachers to famous and not so famous locations and cultural experiences in Beijing (Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, hutongs), Great Wall, Xian terra cotta warriors, a small rural village, Suzhou (canals and scholar gardens) and the futuristic city of Shanghai. We also see them visiting a school where they relate to students, sharing a meal in a home, learning about daily life and making new friends.
We intercut between Michelle and Wanda opening up to China and teaching back home in America, where they bring awareness of the growing significance of China in the world, an open-mindedness about cultural differences, fresh knowledge and excitement for the subject to their students.
- Running time
- 57 minutes
- Robert Richter ... Producer, Director, Writer
- Prod. Co.
- Richter Productions
- United States
- Years of Production
- China--Beijing, Xian, Shanghai.Suzhou, Great Wall; U.S.--North Carolina
- Prod. Partners
- Houghton Freeman Foundation
- Release year
- Broadcast (Acq.)
- North Carolina Public TV
- English, Chinese
- English Subtitles
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