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Streaming Videos on Chinese Ethnic Groups
Inside China—The Kazakhs: Disappearing World (1983)
This film looks at the Islamic Kazakhs of Xinjiang—an autonomous province in northwestern China—in particular the nomadic Naiman tribe. Following these famous horsemen on their annual migration to summer pastures in the Tian Shan Mountains, the film looks at the way in which they organize their affairs and the schooling of their children, while exploring how the revolution has affected their traditional way of life. Amid the Chinese policy of moving as many Han as possible from the overcrowded central areas of China to the less populated border areas such as Xinjiang, the continued cultural independence of the Kazakhs is an open question. This program not only gives an understanding of the Kazakh society, but also offers insights into the conflicts of domination and independence. Part of the series Disappearing World. (53 minutes)
Children of Blessing: Opportunity for China’s Minorities (2005)
This documentary provides a poignant look at modern China. Flower, Rascal, and their friends come from a remote village in the Chinese mountains and speak only Lahu. Now they must leave their idyllic home for boarding school in the city. During their first year at primary school, they’re modeled into being good socialist workers. Can the girls make their way in modern China? And what price will they have to pay to succeed? Both girls work hard, and in the end they achieve high scores on their exams. They’re prepared for their new lives, but they realize they can have success only on terms of the Chinese system. Beautifully filmed, Children of Blessing reveals how China assimilates its minorities. (47 minutes)
Traditional Chinese Dance
The Aini people live mainly around mountains and canyons; they have a long history of tea planting. This film examines traditional Aini dancing and singing.
China's largest ethnic group is the Han. During the festivals each year, folk dance groups parade through the streets across the Han region. Today, performers bring those street dances to the stage. This film examines ethnic stage dance and the use of props.
Ethnic Dance-Inner Mongolian
The openness and strength of the Inner Mongolians is evidenced in their dance. This film examines the postures and movements of traditional Mongolian dance.
Tibetan people are known to be candid, compassionate, and devout. Years of oppression, geographical conditions, and weather conditions significantly impact Tibetan dance movement. This film examines their dance style that reflects daily life and maintains a strong religious quality.
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