Copyright 1995 ABC-CLIO. This review was taken from the ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries on CD-ROM, a 5-year compilation of over 8900 video titles and reviews, 1990-1994. For information regarding order VRGL CD-ROM, contact: ABC-CLIO, P.O. Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911; 805-968-1911
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The Meiji Revolution covers the period in which Japan was opening itself to the West. Japanese and US experts are used to help explain and clarify the many changes that occurred in the Japanese government, economy, and culture during this period.
The Fight for Democracy focuses on the role of women in South Korea. The women's movement there is fighting to bring equal rights into the relationships between men and women, reasoning that once there are equal rights in the home, it will be easier to create equal rights and democracy in the nation.
From the Barrel of the Gun describes Ho Chi Minh's life as a child in French-controlled Vietnam and as a student in Paris. It explains how he turned to communism after the Treaty of Versailles ignored the rights and wishes of Asians.
Writers and Revolutionaries shows how the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations were named for and modeled after the May 4th Movement of Chinese students in the early 20th century. Those earlier demonstrators were inspired by Lu Xun, an intellectual who used his satiric stories to look at the traditional strengths and weaknesses of China.
The series is closed captioned. There are accompanying print materials available - a textbook, study guide, and faculty guide. All technical aspects are excellent, with one small exception in The Meiji Revolution where the narrator sounds as if he had been recorded alternately in a small studio and a large, empty lecture hall.
Highly recommended for high school through adult audiences.
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