Segments in this Video

Introduction: Shanghai: Head of the Dragon (00:52)


This segment orients viewers to the topic of Shanghai's historical geography, market reform, and economic growth.

Recent Economic Boom (03:17)

For most of the 20th century, communist investors were apprehensive about moving business to Shanghai. In 1991, the city was designated a special economic zone and capitalized on foreign trade.

Strategic Gateway (02:42)

Susan Walcott explains why Shanghai is considered a learning location. The Yangtze River allows for the transport of commodities inside the heart of China. Shallow sections of the river substantially affect Shanghai's economy.

Deep Water Port Construction (01:48)

Salt deposits make Shanghai's port too shallow for container ships. In 1991, the river was dredged which expanded capacity. Shanghai attempts to compete trans-shipman ports.

Growth and Expansion (03:33)

Consequences of Shanghai's rapid population growth are traffic, air pollution, and housing shortage. Walcott compares Shanghai to Atlanta. The district of Pudong exemplifies Shanghai's economic future.

Urban Geography (02:41)

The airport and port are separated from the business district of Pudong by the Huangpu River, causing challenges for urban planners. Walcott comments on the underutilized airport.

Introduction: Sijia: Small Town, Big Change (01:06)

This segment orients viewers to the topic of China's uneven modernization and economic disparities.

Township Enterprise (02:21)

Ornadera Jun studies the impact of new manufacturing on Chinese farming villages. In 1999, China had over 20 million township enterprises with an expected annual growth of 10%. The disparity between industry and agriculture grows.

Lifestyle of Factory Workers (03:51)

Jun visits the home of a Chinese family. Three members of the family work in a factory. This urban lifestyle affords conveniences such as appliances and electronics.

Rural vs. Urban Designation (02:49)

Zong-Guo Xia explains the current living standards of farmers in rural areas. Rising income, foreign trade, and immigration forces Sijia to urbanize rapidly.

Human Geography (01:18)

Eighty percent of China is rural, with 150 million unemployed. Immigration laws force millions to move illegally to find better jobs and schools.

Credits: Changes on the Chang Jiang—The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century (00:60)

Credits: Changes on the Chang Jiang—The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century

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Changes on the Chang Jiang—The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century

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Shanghai: Head of the Dragon— Shanghai enters the 21st century on a wave of development, ready to reclaim its legacy as China's commercial center. Sijia: Small Town, Big Change— The steady growth of a township enterprise illustrates three great contrasts in modern China: rural vs. urban, agricultural vs. industrial, coastal vs. interior.

Length: 29 minutes

Item#: BVL113492

Copyright date: ©2003

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