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        Up the Yangtze

        Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods. The Yu family desperately seeks a reprieve by sending their 16-year-old daughter to work in the cruise ship industry that has sprung up to give tourists a last glimpse of the legendary river valley. With cinematic sweep, Up the Yangtze explores lives transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history, a hotly contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle.

        http://www.pbs.org/pov/uptheyangtze/

        Up the Yangtze: Yangtze Cruise (Clip 1 of 2)

        In the first clip from the Up the Yangtze lesson plan, filmmaker and narrator Yung Chang explains the significance of the Yangtze river and the goals and repercussions of the building of the Three Gorges Dam. He introduces the "farewell cruise," in which tourists gather to see the Yangtze before it is permanently changed. Students should discuss how they would feel if their government asked them to move because the city they lived in would soon be flooded.

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        Up the Yangtze: The River Swallows Up a Home (Clip 2 of 2)

        In the second clip from the Up the Yangtze lesson plan, Mr. Yu, a farmer, sees that with each passing day, his home is being devoured by the Yangtze River. The construction of the Three Gorges Dam has flooded the surrounding area, displacing some 2 million people. Students should discuss whether they think the Chinese government is doing the right thing by building the dam.

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