Chip Taylor Communications



Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

China Profile Series

This is a series of enlightening documentaries about China, its people, its politics, and how tradition and culture affect the country as a whole. Series: 7 programs (15 to 84 minutes). Click for more

The New China: Shanghai, Shanghai

New China, The: Shanghai, Shanghai

This documentary offers a fresh and original look at Shangahi, China, a harbor city that is developing at such a fast and breathtaking pace it is surpassing its "rival," Hong Kong. Not dwelling on the causes of China's economic boom, this program underscores the transformations, contrasts and exuberance of Shanghai's renewed dynamism. Here we get a glimpse of the new China, as well as a reflection on the responsibilities of Western countries. In Shanghai today we discover the buzzword is "success" - success at any cost. We are introduced to several Shanghai residents, such as architects, writers and entrepreneurs, plus a number of ordinary people, and some "nouveau riche," those who crave luxury. Shanghai we see represents the splendors and miseries of global capitalism, where there is sadly no room for the well being of a so-called Western-like middle class; also we learn how middle classes in Western countries are experiencing progressive erosion as a result of China's giant economy, which is impervious to the fair redistribution of profit. Finally, we look at the advantages and drifts of a model of economic growth that is striving to export all over the world, with unperturbed optimism, in the name of "development." Co-produced by RTSI/Televisione Svizzera and United Colors Communication SA. 2008 JSCA 50 min.





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