Introduction to China (02:58)
The people of China are connected by the same ancient written language, but the land is so vast and the people so diverse, the spoken language in the south is nearly incomprehensible to those in the north. Please preview prior to using this video as it contains subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Ancient Chinese Civilization (03:33)
The prehistoric ancestors of modern man existed in China between half a million and two million years ago. This may indicate that humanity in China developed independently from civilization in the Middle East.
No Euclidian Geometry (04:21)
Karole Armitage describes how much Japanese calligraphy and asymetry influence her choreography. She always uses an odd number of dancers, slightly off center, and they rarely dance in unison. "Connoisseurs of Chaos" is inspired by fractal geometry.
Dynasties of China (06:58)
The many separate provinces of China were first united under one nation in 200 B.C. More than one thousand years later the Great Wall was completed. Under the Han empire China expanded its influence into central and southern Asia.
Arts and Religion of Ancient China (07:19)
In 1974 peasants digging a well accidentally discovered one of the most remarkable relics of Ancient China. Imported from India, Buddhism had great influence on Chinese thought, creating conflict with imperial rule.
Prosperity in Ancient China (04:18)
While Europe was in the dark ages China rejoiced in prosperity under the Tang dynasty.
Ming Dynasty (07:37)
A hundred years before Columbus thousands of Mongolian soldiers pushed southward led by Genghis Khan. It was during the Ming era that the northern capital city was given the name Beijing
China's Last Imperial Dynasty (06:02)
During the Manchu Era western visitors and though began sifting into China and by 1830 one of the most profitable cargos coming into Shanghai was addictive drugs from India. China was forced to make large concessions to foreign powers. Please preview prior to using this video as it contains subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Beginning of Modern China (05:00)
Shanghai in the 20th century was far less Chinese than international and revolutionaries continued to hammer away at the remnants of the old ways. A young revolutionary rose to prominence within the Chinese Communist Party.
Invasion of Manchuria (11:02)
In 1931 the Japanese army entered Manchuria and the war that followed seemed to spark the flames of war around the world. The League of Nations condemned Japanese aggression but no foreign powers moves in to assist the Chinese. Please preview prior to using this video as it contains subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences.
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