Tank Man: Roots of Contemporary China in Tiananmen Square, 1989

Discuss your reactions to the documentary -- both the first portion on Tiananmen Square and the second portion on the post Tiananmen explosion of the Chinese economy. You will watch most of the first portion in class and complete the assigned portion of video for homework.

20 point homework grade: 1) Questions of clarification. 2) Offer historical connections: where/when have we seen similar events in Chinese history? 3) Find articles comparing Tiananmen Square to ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

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2 years ago
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I agree that it is inevitable that the inequality is going to happen, but I think the discrepancy between the city and rural life is what is so shocking to many. How can there be so much wealth and luxury in the cities and not amenities such as school available to rural people

2 years ago
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It seems like there are two possibilities for China:
-The one that Jake describes above where wealth inequality is inevitable with 1 billion people.
-And the idea that maybe the wealth inequality is due to the extremely rapid economic growth of China in the cities, that forgot about rural areas.

2 years ago
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In the first documentary, Chinese Dreams, the same problem about money for education came up. That is probably one of the most important problems.

2 years ago
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I agree Jake, yet here we see two extremes. One would expect there to be inequality, but the gap between classes found in China is far too vast. There must be some reason as to why there is such a huge gap. The narrator even describes it as two different Chinas, "China A and China B". I wonder if it is possible that some of this inequality is a result from Tiananmen square. Theoretically, people could have felt isolated from the government after the protests and thus fled to rural areas to escape the corruption, resulting in the gap in inequality we see today.

2 years ago
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Ironic how Communism is all about equality..

2 years ago
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I think one thing we have to keep in mind is that when someone produces a movie, they have to tell a story. I may be wrong, but I can't imagine that the cities are so flawless. There are all these workers with low salaries. Even with a middle class of 200 million people, a huge part of China's population can't be considered members of that middle class. I'm not saying that the movie is inaccurate, but I am saying that we can't look past the possibilities of more nuanced inequality within cities or small rural villages.

2 years ago
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It's amazing to me that the people who are keeping up the economy are viewed as the greatest risk for the creation of urban slums.

2 years ago
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With all this pressure on the workers, it is almost inevitable that they will revolt against the government. It's almost like smaller scale Tiananmen squares. The protests are inspiring the workers to rebel against the cruel government that prevents them from having a decent living.

2 years ago
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it makes you wonder what or if America is hiding anything from us.

2 years ago
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It's ironic how the most educated in China are blind to such an important event.