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  • 1. The Paradox of Modern China Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 2. People’s Republic of China  Established in 1949 after struggle between communists & Guo Ming Dang  1949—1976 Rule by Mao Zedong  1966-76 Cultural Revolution  1976--97 Deng Xiaoping & market economy  1997--2002 Jiang Zemin & Open Door policy  2002—present Hu Jintao Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 3. Areas of vast change  Technology  Construction  Attitudes  Environment  Family structure  Foreign Policy Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 4. Technology: Well equipped schools Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 5. Technology: TV studio in elementary school Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 6. Technology: Generator on fishing boat Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 7. Technology: Cars Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 8. Technology: Cell phones & LCD screens everywhere Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 9. Technology: Ubiquitous cameras Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 10. Construction: Pu Dong—rice paddy in late 1990s Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 11. Construction: Bridges Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 12. Construction: Villas on Tai Lake Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 13. Construction: Repairing Forbidden City Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 14. Construction: New apartments replacing slums Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 15. Olympic Construction: Hotels Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 16. Olympic venues Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 17. Olympic Construction: Theater Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 18. Attitudes: English signs  Cigarette butts can cause fire & make sure you dispose of them properly Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 19. Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 20. Attitudes: Western food  Attendant with weight gain  Overweight children started appearing about 2006 Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 21. Families: New foods Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 22. Attitudes: recreation Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 23. Attitudes: Western music & instruments Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 24. Attitudes: Western style School uniforms Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 25. Environment Green Olympics  $12.2 billion to protect environment 1998-2007  70% taxis and 90% buses will use natural gas  5 new subway lines  14 new wastewater treatment plants  Trees will cover 79% of Beijing’s mtn. area  23,000 hectares of green belts  12,000 hectares of forest strips  Moving 200 industries to rural areas Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 26. A few larger families Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 27. Families  More 2 child families  Membership in a family is what matters  Confucianism provides cognitive and pragmatic resources to help individual navigate life  Asians strive to be appropriate and wise Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 28. Families: Modern homes http://www.apartmentcn.com/en/beijing/guomao_dachengcity.asp Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 29. Families: Pampered children Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 30. Foreign Policy goals accomplished  PRC’s territory free from attacks  Concessions made to foreign powers abolished  International prestige restored  Membership in: – UN Security Council – IMF – World Bank – WTO Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 31. Interview : Ruan Zongze  http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z906I8oBEbk  From 10 to 16 min. Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 32. Interaction with the West: Tentative but positive Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute
  • 33. Victory at the end Jessica Stowell OU Confucius Institute