View 22:45-23:30 Laobaixing express support for the party
View 56:14-57:25 Mayor Geng examines obstacles
Is Mayor Geng’s approach to corruption and incompetence likely to resolve the challenges preventing implementation of his vision? Why or why not?
How does the process of negotiation in this documentary compare with the picture presented by Philip Pan? Do you think residents featured in this documentary are treated fairly or unfairly? Why?
Thinking back to unit 3, how would you answer the question raised by one of the Datong residents in the film, “If Mao was still alive, dare he do this?”
View 23:35-26:00 Mayor Geng’s goals
Evaluate Mayor Geng’s development strategy. What are the major factors influencing your evaluation?
Do the following quotes support or complicate your initial conclusions? Would you choose to visit Datong if you were traveling in China? Why or why not?
Mayor Geng’s plan was projected to cost as much as 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) over six years, most of which was debt financed.
Why do you think Mayor Geng was transferred to the provincial capital of Taiyuan? Was this a promotion? What consequences might it have had for the people of Datong?