Young People in China


  • Independent Lens | Final Speeches

    This video series, adapted from Independent Lens, documents the first school government election allowed in Wuhan, the most populous city in central China.  It was an experiment that was conducted with a class of third grade students who had no experience with elections or the democratic process of voting.  In this segment, the race for class monitor continues with a final persuasive presentation by each candidate.  To learn more about this election, see the first video segment, "Debate Begins".

    Grades: 6-12
  • Creativity in Chinese Education

    This audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast takes us into the classroom in China, where a culture of rote memorization has long been favored over independent thinking. As a result, Chinese schools are not graduating innovators, including scientists and engineers, at a pace the government would like. A new kind of school in Beijing is challenging the traditional approach to learning, and China’s Ministry of Education is also trying to move public schools towards a more liberal education. But how successful will the effort be, given that critical thinking is in direct conflict with the ideals of the Communist Party?

    The World Science Podcast is a weekly production of The World.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Debate Begins

    This video segment adapted from Independent Lens documents the first school government election allowed in Wuhan, the most populous city in central China.  It was an experiment that was conducted with a class of third grade students who had no experience with elections or the democratic process of voting for a class monitor. In the first part of the video, Cheng Cheng and Xu Xiaofei debate their strengths and weaknesses, followed by a second debate between Luo Li and Cheng Cheng in front of their classmates. To learn more about this election, see the second segment, "Final Speeches," where the race for class monitor continues.  

    Grades: 6-12
  • Western Culture Influencing China’s Youth

    From clothes to coffee, to food and movies, Western culture is big and getting bigger in China. However, the Chinese government is now pushing back on this influence. Help students explore the topic of Western culture's influence on China with this video and teacher's guide from PBS NewsHour Extra.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Children and Youth in History: China

    This lesson plan focuses on children and youth in the history of China in relation to Confucian values.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Children, Culture, and Folktales: China

    Focusing on folktales from 1750 to 1850 provides an opportunity to shed light on the dynamic relationship between culture, childhood, and children beginning with an examination of the cultural contexts relevant to each historical source: Imperial China and industrializing Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Grades: 8-13+
  • Chinese Folktale: The Little Rabbits

    This video features the Chinese story "The Little Rabbits" in both English and Chinese. The story has elements of the Western stories “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs.” Mama rabbit leaves her three little rabbits at home alone while she goes out. She warns her little rabbits to not open the door for anyone. A wolf overhears the mother’s warning and tries to trick the little rabbits. They aren’t fooled and outsmart the wolf.

    Storytelling in China goes back more than a thousand years and plays an important role in Chinese society. It has been used as a way to preserve culture and share knowledge as stories are passed from generation to generation.

    Grades: PreK-5