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Asian Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Asian countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 20 programs (20 to 54 minutes). Click for more

Bhutan: Gross National Happiness (Modernization)

Bhutan: Gross National Happiness (Modernization)

"Recommended The videography in this program captures the beauty of Bhutan, a country that has been slow to change to new technologies. Life here is based upon the concepts of being happy and preserving the environment. The people have not wanted to change to modern ways. The young Royals who oversee the country are introducing modern technology; however, the people here have been happy with their own lifestyles." -EMRO Review
"'Changing Face of Bhutan' - As the last Himalayan Buddhist kingdom cautiously opens itself to the world, traditionalists fear for its unique culture." -Smithsonian Magazine
"King Jigme Singye Wangchuck - 100 People Who Shape Our World" -Time Magazine
The land-locked kingdom of Bhutan, bordered by Nepal, China and India, is one of the world's smallest countries, about the size of Switzerland. This documentary offers a study of the former ruler of this Buddhist nation, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who had been called "a King of the people"; he encouraged participation in national assemblies, decentralized much of the government, and became famous for saying, "We are not interested in gross national product (GNP), but in gross national happiness (GNH)." His eldest son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, has now become the country's fifth king. Bhutan is not anti-technology; it wants to modernize, but on its own terms. To this day there are no traffic lights in the Himalayan kingdom, and by law its people wear traditional 14th century clothing; only a select number of tourists are allowed into the country, and only a few luxury hotels are here, but, as this program reveals, overall, as anyone who visits Bhutan understands, the former King's ideas may be unorthodox; however, in light of all the problems associated with unbridled economic progress, people may be happier following a path not based entirely on economics, but on GNH. Produced by ABC Australia. 04/10DE JSCA 20 min.
Also See: Bhutan: The Cloud Kingdom

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