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Business & Economics in the Pacific Rim

24 City (Er shi si cheng ji)

A documentary film on the state-owned Factory 420, also called as the Chengdu Engine Group, which was founded in 1958 to produce aviation engines. Now abandoned, the factory is sold for millions to real estate developers to be transformed into a complex of luxury apartment blocks called 24 City. The film revolves around eight dramatic interviews that present three generations with ties to the factory: the first factory workers, more recent employees, and the children of former laborers. Woven into this oral history are three fictional monologues delivered by actors.

Advertising Missionaries

In Papua New Guinea, where over three quarters of the population cannot be reached by the regular advertising mediums of television, radio or print, "the market" must be developed by other means. Small theater groups travel the remote highlands performing soap operas devised around advertising messages for a variety of Western products like soft drinks and washing powder. This film follows the theater troupe Wokabout Marketing, and records the reaction of the engrossed audiences. It also parallels the story with some glimpses of village life without Western goods.

Asian Values Devalued

As the economies of East Asia turned from boom to bust in the 1990s, the general public was amazed, yet many economists nodded their heads knowingly. This program focuses on the plights of Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, where nepotism, cronyism, corruption, suppression, and the exploitation of cheap foreign labor brought about a financial crisis of enormous proportions. 1998. 39 min.

Because They're Worth It (Life, Part 19)

Out of a total Chinese population of 1.3 billion, there are 42 million Chinese who are poor. This film looks at programs which are helping impoverished Chinese break out of the cycle of poverty and ignorance -- by providing them with micro-credit, basic health information, education and hope. c2000. 24 min.

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Big Business and the Ghost of Confucius (Pacific Century; 7).

Describes the economic success stories of Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. Examines how these newly industrialized countries moved to the forefront of the world economy so rapidly. Examines the role played by America and Confucian beliefs in shaping the successful formula for East Asian capitalism an grapples with the question of the role of government in economic growth. Presents profiles and interviews of politicians and business leaders like former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, and the chairman of South Korea's Hyundai Corp. c1992. 60 min.

Cash in Hand: Microcredit in the Philippines

Access to credit is one of the main keys to lifing people out of poverty. This documentary looks at a microcredit project in the Philippines which has enabled small entrepreneurs to establish weaving, furniture-making and glassblowing cooperatives. Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines : Asian Development Bank, c1995. 8 min.

China and Its Sphere, [Pt.2] (Power of Place: World Regional Geography. 23-24; 1)

Prog. 23. China's metropolitan heartland: Shanghai, awakening the giant. Nanjing, rural industry.--Prog. 24. The Booming maritime edge: Guangdong, the booming maritime edge. Taiwan, avoiding the crush.

China Blue

Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society. Directed by Micha X. Peled. 2005. 88 min.

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China Trade

First segment: South African president, Nelson Mandela, discusses his plan to forge a "government of national unity." Second segment: Examines the controversy surrounding the linking of trade to human rights policy, with regard to China's "most favored nation" status, through interviews with politicians, the Dali Lama and former Chinese political prisoner, Wang Juntao.

China's Changing Face (Only One Earth, 7).

Examines China's attempts to create more jobs by allowing individuals to have their own small businesses. 1987. 30 min.