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Program Title: From Confucius to Mao
EASC Code: CF-10
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subject: Religion & Philosophy
Program Type: Documentary
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Director:
Producer: Film for the Humanities and Sciences
Release Date:
Running Time: 54 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: After illustrating how a combination of laws, customs, and Confucian philosophy had reduced Chinese women to chattels, this program examines in detail the turning points from the late-19th century through the mid-20 centuries that paved the way for a complete reversal in Chinese women's status. Remarkable vintage film and fasinating interviews with women whose lives have spanned the 20th-century provide evidence of and insights into the harmful practices of foot-binding, arranged marriages, and polygamy; the positive imapct of the dowager Empress, Sun Yat-sen, Mao Zedong, and China's first feminest, Qiu Jin; and the salutary effects of female education and Ibsen's A Doll's House.
Data Entry Date:10/16/2003