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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2012
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 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
on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
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Excellent documentary. One gets an historical account providing insight into present day China which is view altering. There is some uncertainty as to how much bias there is in the telling and completeness of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2013
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It is a very educative video foccusing on the historical context with impartiality and deepness. There are no heroes or victims.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 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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on June 15, 2013
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Inciteful look at this period of China's history. Good comparison between European and Chinese views of the world at that time.
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