DER Documentary

A Chinese Farm Wife


From the Taiwan series in the Faces of Change collection
by Richard Chen, Frank Tsai, Norma Diamond
color, 17 min, 1974

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A Chinese Farm Wife gives us a peek into the life of Mrs. Li, a Taiwanese woman whose husband is a salaried factory worker. Along with the help of her eldest daughter and her neighbors, she runs their 3-acre farm, cultivating crops of tobacco and rice. In addition to her role in supervising the children's education and managing the household, she is a full participant in community activities.


About the Faces of Change collection
This revolutionary series of 26 - 16mm films and videos, funded by the National Science Foundation, produced by Norman Miller and documented by some of the finest ethnographic filmmakers of our time is now available through D.E.R. The films examine 5 cultures selected for the diversity of their geographic location: starting with the China Coast at sea level and moving up to Taiwan, then to Afghanistan, Kenya and finally to the mountains of Bolivia. Each location is examined through 5 themes: Rural Society, Education, Rural Economy, Women, and Beliefs. Detailed instructors notes are available for an additional $10.00.


other films from the Taiwan series:
People are Many, Fields are Small
A Rural Cooperative
They Call Him "Ah Kung"
Wet Culture Rice



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