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The following lesson plans comprise units that use film as a learning tool in the subject areas of Economics, International Studies, Social Studies, World History and Current Events.

 

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Lesson #1: The Ethics of Outsourcing to China
In this lesson, students will explore the business ethics related to American companies outsourcing manufacturing to Chinese factories with unsafe and unfair labor practices. The class will first observe conditions for two migrant workers who labor in a Chinese garment factory. Students will then research and discuss whether or not American companies have a responsibility to ensure favorable labor practices in the factories they engage to manufacture their products.

 

Lesson #2: Confucianism in a Changing Society
In this lesson, students will explore how China's rapid rise as a force in the global economy has affected Chinese culture, society and the individual. Students will first discuss the influential Confucian teaching of filial piety (respect for parents) and its importance in Chinese culture. Students will then watch film clips that show how traditional family values in China are being challenged by the circumstances of Chinese migrant workers. Finally, students will consider how filial piety applies in modern China.

 

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Remarkable... Fan has visual panache — Last Train Home has some gorgeously composed shots — but he also has something that can’t be taught: The patience and understanding to allow a family to tell their heartbreaking story in their own way...”

— G. Allen Johnson,
San Francisco Chronicle

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