From an isolated agricultural society, China has risen in the last 20 years to the rank of the second largest economy in the world. While many tabloids cover this event, little is remembered about the tumultuous interaction between China and the Western powers throughout the nineteenth century. This documentary will explore the fundamental differences between the Western and Chinese culture from early beginnings. Part one will debate how Christianity and Confucianism were translated in political thought and social systems. Next, the film explores why the industrial revolution did not take place in China, despite its many early inventions, but in Europe. Part two explains the first economic and military encounters between the British and Chinese Empires. Trade deficits, war threats and reprisals have marked the 19th century as one of the bloodiest and most shameful in Chinese history. Today, these past lessons can serve as an powerful insight for what the future might bring for China and the rest of the world.
Mitch Anderson's China's Century of Humiliation is an in-depth look at the impact of China's history and culture on its relationship with the Western world. Drawing on historical documents; interviews with international scholars, a prominent Chinese dissident, and a leading Chinese journalist; and glimpses inside modern-day Chinese life, it presents a balanced portrait of the often troubling Western involvement in China and how that involvement continues to affect China's view of and approach to world issues. This is a must-see film for serious students of Chinese affairs and those who are simply seeking an understanding of what makes China tick. Kenneth M Currie, PhD Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia National Intelligence Council --Academia feedback
China's Century of Humiliation gives the watcher just the right balance of educational and editorial content. It helps students of China better understand the dynamic relationship between China and the West over the last three centuries in a way that is factual, yet dynamic and provocative. The use of Western and Chinese sources and content provides an objective narrative and the watcher benefits from the directors presentation of both perspectives. Interviews with experts and average Chinese also provide excellent supplementary support for the filmmakers contentions. The film is an excellent teaching resource for university professors and could supplement even the most sophisticated observers understanding of China's Century of Humiliation. Josh Eisenman is a senior fellow in China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC). He and Ambassador David H. Shinn have recently completed a coauthored book on China's political, economic, and social relations with African countries entitled A Century of China-Africa Relations (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). Mr. Eisenman was coeditor of China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the 21st Century. --Academia feedback
The director has arrayed an impressive cast of experts and his film provides a wonderfully informative exploration of Chinese history, politics, and culture. One gets a real sense of how Chinese philosophy and religion have shaped a culture imbued with a sense of reverence for stability and collective life. In addition Anderson s deft contrast of China with Western development and philosophy offers a respectful and informative view of both cultures and traditions. Overall, his film provides a deep foundation for understanding East/West interaction today and, as such, it is a must see if one cares about the future of world affairs. Darren Guerra, Associate Professor of Political Science, Vanguard University of Southern California --Academia feedback