Use this guide to help students examine three documentary films that tell the stories of individuals who were orphaned as a result of war in their homeland.
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.
Rape has always been a weapon of war. But until recently it was neglected as a crime worthy of prosecution on its own. During the Nanjing Atrocities young and old women were repeatedly violated by Japanese Imperial troops. While definitive numbers are difficult to pin down because of the nature of the crime, tens of thousands of rapes were documented, witnessed, and reported.
The Hundred Days’ Reform also coincided with an upsurge of anti-Western sentiment in the north of China directed, in part, at the growth of missionary settlements. Every major Christian denomination established a range of educational and church-affiliated institutions across the country after the Treaty of Nanking in 1842.