Learn about Germany’s atrocities against the Herero, the Nama, and other indigenous groups in South-West Africa during Europe's colonization of Africa in the late 1800s.
China in the 1920s was a new republic confronting great challenges—economic, political, and social. One of the most devastating was the early 1920s North China famine. Because this region of China was densely populated, the effects of this crisis affected millions. Triggered by a severe drought, the famine killed crops and devastated the livelihood of farmers in the northern plains of China. But dying crops was only one consequence. Thousands fled the area; others sold children into slavery, and upward of half a million people died. The areas decimated were largely governed by warlords, which further aggravated the situation since they used the crisis for their own political and economic gain.
This documentary tells four stories of Apartheid in South Africa, as seen through the eyes of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.
This is the first part of a series of programs done by the British Broadcasting Company that examines 20th century history. It provides useful background information on the conditions in Germany after World War I, and how the victors in that war dealt with Germany. Length: 20 minutes.
With Emperor Meiji’s ascension to the throne in 1867, Japan theoretically restored power to the emperor, but because he was only 15 years old he had little governing power. Instead, the power rested with the new government consisting of a small, close-knit cabinet of advisers. This new cabinet immediately began implementing a series of reforms to both strengthen and unify Japan. One of their largest concerns was that Japan would not be able to regain its sovereignty if it did not modernize. With the recent display of the superior armament of the United States military with Commodore Perry in 1853, such concerns were not unfounded.
A panel discussion took place on November 3, 2006 among three genocide survivors. They each told their story and engaged in conversation with audience members and each other.
Three Cambodian-American teenagers come of age in a world shadowed by their parents' nightmares of the Khmer Rouge. Traditional Cambodian dance links them to their parents' culture, but fast cars, consumerism, and new romance pull harder. Gradually coming to appreciate their parents' sacrifices, the three teens find a sense of themselves and begin to make good on their parents' dreams. Length: 65 minutes.
Notice for Chinese refugees issued by the Nanjing Safety Zone Committee.
The award-winning creators of NPR's Ghetto Life 101 combine their talents to focus on the Ida B. Wells housing project and their personal struggles to survive unrelenting tragedy.