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China on China

Season 1

After centuries of Western dominance, the world's center of economic and political weight is shifting eastward. In just 30 years, China has risen from long-standing poverty to being the second largest economy in the world - faster than any other country in history. In this series, Chinese people get to have their say. What does the future hold for them?

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1. A Dramatic History

No other country in history has risen so quickly from poverty to prosperity. How was it possible? How did it take place and what happened along the way? An episode about historical recollection in the world's oldest and possibly most modern country.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 30 December 2013
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2. The Power and the People

How is China run, and how do the people get their say? Stories and interviews about China's ruling Communist Party, about being a representative of the people, about the potential political power of blogs, and about grassroots protests and mass incidents, which are only increasing in number.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 30 December 2013
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3. Everything has a Price Tag

Economic reforms have led to a divided China, which threatens not only individual survival, but even economic growth and the entire Chinese society. In this episode, we hear stories and interviews about the middle class, about poverty in rural areas and about the precarious existence of hundreds of millions of migrant workers on the fringes of the cities.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 30 December 2013
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4. More than Half the Sky

After the Revolution in 1949, legislation regarding equality was passed, a huge step forward for China at the time. The economic reforms of recent decades have also improved women's lives. Yet China is still the only country in the world where more women than men commit suicide (WHO).

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 30 December 2013
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5. A New Generation

In this episode, we look at the generational shift occurring in China. Older generations in today's China have grown up during the fastest economic boom in history. How will it be for their children?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 30 December 2013
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6. Culture for Billions

In this episode, we look at literature and film in the cultural nation of China. Stories and interviews with authors who struggle with censorship and self-censorship, and about the thriving film industry, which seeks to top Hollywood.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 30 December 2013
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7. Sun and Wind but no Water

In this episode, we examine China's tough environmental problems and the efforts being made to solve them. Stories and interviews about air pollution and increasing water shortages, about people fighting to improve the environment, and about the world's investments in solar energy.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 30 December 2013
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8. The Comeback

In this episode, we look at how China's economic role in the world is growing at a record pace, with regard to both the size of its economy and its political influence. What does this mean for the rest of the world, now that China is reclaiming its role as a world power?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 30 December 2013
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