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Introduction: China: The Miraculous Recovery (03:27)


By 1978, the Chinese economy barely functioned, millions had died, and people were starving. Peasant farmers in Xiaogang defied the communist system of collective agriculture. They inspired Deng Xiaoping who established China as an urbanized world leader within one generation.

We Must be Bold to Implement Reform and Open Up Policies... (04:22)

Xiaoping adapted ancient systems to modern problems while reaffirming the continuation of Mao Zedong's revolution. In 1978, Deng began reinvigorating China's economy. He developed special economic zones; Shenzhen was the stepping-stone in the free zone.

We've Got to Develop by Leaps and Bounds (00:51)

Approximately 80% of China's population lived in one million small villages when Xiaoping rose to power. He initiated the world's greatest human migration; Xiaoping was progressive and autocratic.

Reform is China's Second Revolution (04:35)

Xiaoping recognized the threats of uncontrolled urbanization, so he continued the system of household registration. Hukou significantly influenced educational opportunities for Ma and his sister. Chairman Mao closed the universities in the 1960s.

We Must Improve the Quality of Education to Better Serve Socialist Construction (02:42)

China has traditionally honored education. Anna Hwang is part of the new middle class in Penglai and an example of life under the One Child Policy. Officials begin phasing out the policy in 2015. Approximately 600 million people rise out of poverty under Xiaoping's leadership.

Successful Reformation in Rural Areas Strengthened Our Confidence (01:06)

In 1978, the Xiaogang farmers, including Yen Hongchang, were the poorest of the poor. The defiance of collective agriculture triggered the Ge Ti Hu policy.

Small Businesses Will Sprout Like Bamboo Shoots After a Rain Fall (01:45)

Millions of young people were out of work when Xiaoping came to power. Ge Ti Hu allowed people to make more money and live better lives.

Let Some People Get Rich First (01:38)

Alan Lau created a successful business empire. He opened the first house project, hotel, shoe factory and sewing factory in the special economic zone in Shenzhen. His exhibition of wealth was too much for some hardline communists.

Keep a Cool Head and Maintain a Low Profile... (01:10)

Gong tried several businesses before he and his wife settled on silk flowers. The chrysanthemum flower depicted in a model's hair launched their success.

Poverty is Not Socialism (02:41)

Ma is in his final year at university; he struggles financially and decisions about his future. Anna Hwang relies on her family who want her to pursue a career in Civil Service; candidates must pass a series of examinations.

This System of Selection Will Create a Revolutionary Atmosphere... (02:03)

The Civil Service exam is a reinstatement of imperial examinations but with increased meritocracy. Ma decides to take the Civil Service exam. Gong is a multi-millionaire businessman.

To Get Rich is Glorious (03:51)

The Canton Fair, where East meets West, exemplifies Xiaoping's proclamation. Eastern and Western interactions have not always been hospitable; Xiaoping determines that China will never again endure humiliation. The old Summer Palace symbolizes the brutality of imperialism.

Our Revolution and Development Should be Done Our Own Way (02:18)

Shenzhen is a thriving city. Alan Lau discusses opening the Bamboo Garden Hotel; his firing practices earn him enemies. Ma registers to take the Civil Service exam and studies several hours a day; passing the exam will gain him Beijing hukou.

Development is of Overriding Importance (03:37)

Anna Hwang enrolls in the Shangzhou cramming school in preparation for the Civil Service exam. She visits the temple in Shandong for inspiration. The core principles of Confucianism can work well in a modern Chinese society. Gong shares his home with his in-laws.

Independence Does Not Mean Closing the Door to the World (04:35)

Alan Lau belongs to the Right Party; he is comfortable with capitalism. Hardline Communists who do not approve of Lau cause his businesses to fail. A museum in Xiaogang honors the 18 farmers but the village does not exhibit modern China in action.

It Doesn't Matter if a Cat is Black or White, as Long as it Catches Mice (03:33)

Xiaoping tolerated some corruption as a part of growth; it is a big problem today. Journalist Luo Changping exposed massive corruption in the National Energy Administration. In 1989, demonstrations in Tiananmen Square were initially a challenge to corruption but became a democracy movement.

Prosperity is Only Possible With Political Stability (03:06)

Thousands of students take the Civil Service exam. Anna Hwang does not pass but gets a job in the legal department of a state-owned company. Ma also fails but gets a job at the Beijing School of Economic Management and a Beijing hukou; he visits family.

A New Era Will Soon Open in Which Talented People Will Come to the Fore in Great Numbers... (03:46)

Gong reflects on the symbolism of silk flowers. Alan Lau, who now lives in Vancouver, discusses receiving a gold medal from the Chinese government. Yen Hongchang reflects on his life. China’s economic development under Xiaoping is impressive; his memorial remains alive.

Credits: China: The Miraculous Recovery (01:02)

Credits: China: The Miraculous Recovery

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It required someone strong to rescue China from the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. This film reveals how Deng Xiaoping, a strategic genius and the ultimate bureaucrat, used ancient wisdom and 14th Century systems to set China on the road to becoming a superpower.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL285625

ISBN: 979-8-88678-657-6

Copyright date: ©2017

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