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China's Century of Humiliation (2011)

Richard Baum PHD , Yunxiang Yan PHD , Mitch Anderson  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Baum PHD, Yunxiang Yan PHD, Wang Gungwu PHD, Jianli Yang PHD, Clayton Dube
  • Directors: Mitch Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deep Waters Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XWHU0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 Drawing on historical documents; interviews with international scholars, a prominent Chinese dissident, and a leading Chinese journalist; and glimpses inside modern-day Chinese life, it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

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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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Depth and Balanced April 29, 2011
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This film 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 the film'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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Overall, this is a good documentary for individuals without much background on China's modern history. The most insightful portion of the video is the first half which juxtaposes the development of intellectual thought in both China and the West. A clear understanding of these points of origin is imperative for anyone interested in China, as is a firm grasp of how our two civilizations have developed throughout history.

While the documentary provides a good survey of the period, it did not exhaustively explore the full "Century of Humiliation" (i.e. 1839 - 1943; the first Opium War through the Cairo Conference--arguably you could extend this to the founding of the PRC in 1949). In fact, a bit more than half of the movie is spent on the aforementioned developments of Eastern and Western intellectualism, and the other 35 minutes or so on China's history from 1840 to the end of the first Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895).

It does not cover the second half of this "century of humiliation," which included further encroachment by the imperial powers; most notably Japan's 21 demands, WWI and the setbacks encountered by secret treaties signed at the Paris Peace Conference, annexation and full scale invasion of Manchuria by Japan, and the atrocities carried out by the Japanese from 1937 - 1943. The self-inflicted wounds brought about by the civil war between the Nationalist and Communists during this period is also worthy of mention.

There is a lot more to this period than this documentary covers. While it's unfair to expect its directors to adequately address all of these issues, providing each event with the attention it deserves, the documentary could use a less misleading title. While quite a mouthful, something along the lines of "The Intellectual Points of Origin of Chinese and Western Thought, and China's Initial Encounters with the West in the Late 19th Century" may be more appropriate.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating documentary May 5, 2011
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"China's Century of Humiliation" is a fascinating account of Chinese history and in particular Chinese-Western relations. A sensible combination of Western and Chinese expert analysis, animation and film documents make Mitch Anderson's work a must-see film for everybody dealing with China these days. Mitch Anderson is certainly a master of his craft and he is able to tell a rather complex story without losing the thread.

This film helps Westerners to see China with different eyes and creates understanding at a much deeper level. It will be a valuable source for cross-cultural trainers and managers working in and with China and I can only highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, it brougth a new understanding May 25, 2011
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This is a must see for anyone interested in world history, economic history, and current events. Despite the fact that the film is based in the 19th century, the conflicts described parallel a lot what is happening in the world today. Trade deficits, cultural misunderstandings, economic nationalism are thoroughly explored through the eyes of China and the West.
The panel of experts is superb, the opinions are very balanced and fair. No other Western made documentary went so far in getting the Chinese perspective on the last 200 years of history.
This film changed my view on the world and the Chinese culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 28, 2012
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Thinking about where we are in relation to China, and where we are going? You should watch this.

Well worth the $2 and hour of your life.

I've been a practicing mechanical engineer for ten years, and for the first time since college, did I feel like I learned something important.

As I have felt since youth, I hope West and East can learn from each other, and can be open minded for the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Insight to Chinese History February 27, 2012
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I thought I knew a lot about China's history before I saw this movie but Mitch Anderson did a great job at finding well informed historians, professors, etc. for his interviews which were very informative! Comparing China's history to that of the western world is always an intriguing subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Film on Our Greatest Rival April 28, 2011
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars China's Century of Humiliation May 26, 2014
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Wow, this was a fascinating documentary. I wanted to understand modern China by learning more about her history because I didn't know much about China, except a lot of the creepy/depressing stuff going on in today's world. This documentary helped me challenge my ignorance about why things are the way they are. The panelists in the film make clear the essential competing motivations and ideologies that were at play in a formative era of human-industrial history.
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