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The Island Fishpond

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From the China Coast series in the Faces of Change collection
by George Chang, Richard Chen, and Norman Miller
color, 13 min, 1974

AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE Faces of Change - China Coast Series 2 DVD SET

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Tai A Chau symbolically rids itself of the last vestiges of the Old China. The town is represented by the Landlord Chan when it sells land to buy a freshwater pond. The community effort to improve the island's economic well-being brings together government representatives and the land people. One couple, who are lone entrepreneurs, keep themselves removed from the situation.

Other films in the China Coast series:
China Coast Fishing
Hoy Fok and the Island School
Island in the China Sea
Three Island Women

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.

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