Backyard furnaces in Xinyang county, Henan, during the Great Leap Forward in 1959. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Scene from To Live. Character pose for wedding photo in front of the slogan "The working class leads in everything."
First, to use land as a way of viewing the changes that occured in China from 1949 through to the Great Leap Forward. We’ll pick up where we left off with “Constructing Socialism” (slides) and move to the Great Leap.
Second, we’ll reflect on To Live (Huozhe 活着, 1994).
Finally, take about 10 minutes to write a short scene that might have been cut from the film—it could be a scene from before, during, or after the main events of the film take place.
Sami Thomas public history presentation
Andrew Lim public history presentation
Check for Understanding
Public history presentation by Chloe Powell
Discussion on Mao Zedong’s early life and rise to power:
Jiang Jieshi through the frame of a virtual gallery
Thursday: Evening dinner and screening of Finding Samuel Lowe
Paula Madison grew up in Harlem knowing her Jamaican roots, but unaware that her maternal grandfather was a Chinese migrant worker. After retiring from NBC Universal as an executive, she began tracing the footsteps of her Hakka grandfather from Kingston to her ancestral family village by Shenzhen. Ms. Madison is the Chinese American Museum's 2015 winner of the Chinese American Heritage and Legacy Award and a board member at the Center for Asian American Media.
A few links for your reference:
Friday: Screening of excerpts from China: A Century of Revolution
Saturday: Labor activism in contemporary China
Michael Haack is an educator who has been active in grassroots movements across five continents, including in China, Myanmar (Burma), Israel-Palestine, Brazil, South Africa, Britain, and the United States. Mr. Haack teaches history and politics at the Houde Academy in Shenzhen, China. He is the former Campaigns Coordinator for the U.S. Campaign for Burma where he rallied grassroots support for USCB’s congressional, corporate, and international campaigns. He completed his graduate work at American University and the School for Oriental and African Studies. In 2016-17, Mr. Haack was awarded a one-year grant from the Chinese Scholarship Council to study at the Wuhan University of Science in Technology.
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