This 4-episode documentary started airing this week on pbs – check your local listings for showtimes – http://www.pbs.org/kqed/chinainside – the episode on right now is called “Women of the Country.” It’s amazing and saddening all at the same time.
“”Women hold up half the sky,” Mao said. Yet for centuries their feet were bound and their horizons were narrow. Deprived of opportunities, China’s women suffered terribly. Today, Chinese women are starting to witness changes. The young in the cities have opportunities unimaginable to their grandmothers, who survived the Great Leap Forward, and their mothers, who denounced parents and teachers in the Cultural Revolution. Yet for millions of women in rural China, change remains painfully slow.”
“The government’s trying to convince the people that girls are as good as boys, but by 2020, there will be a shortfall of 40 million people. Abduction and trafficking of women will increase…” <sigh>
Some of the sections were shot in XJ (Ktown) and remind me of some wonderful friends and a beautiful people.
back at the ranch…
I’m still trying to kick my post-urbana cold. It’s no fun to be sick. Urbana though, was good, and then got to hang out with good friends in Houston afterwards too. Not much else to say right now (I’m a little buzzed on medicine), plus, I want to finish watching this documentary.