Up the Yangtze — Filmmaker’s Website
Find out about the filmmaking team, watch an interview with the filmmaker and see if the film is screening in your area. The “Resources” section of the site features extensive background information on the Three Gorges Dam, the Yangtze River, Chinese history and more.
Give Meaning — The Yu Family
The filmmaker has set up a donation fund for “Cindy” Yu Shui and her family, in order to finance Cindy’s father’s eye operation.
The New York Times: Up the Yangtze Review
In a rave review, critic Stephen Holden calls Up the Yangtze “an astonishing documentary of culture clash and the erasure of history amid China’s economic miracle.” (April 25, 2008)
Democracy Now!: Up the Yangtze: Documentary Takes on Social Impact of Three Gorges Dam in China
Amy Goodman talks to filmmaker Yung Chang about the Three Gorges Dam, megadam projects around the world, the environment along the Yangtze River and more. (April 24, 2008)
indieWire: Up the Yangtze Director Yung Chang
Filmmaker Yung Chang talks about his filmmaking background and his approach to making Up the Yangtze during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where the film screened. (January 11, 2008)
The Three Gorges Dam Project
The Three Gorges Project
The official English-language website for the Three Gorges Dam provides photo galleries, articles and a positive take on the dam project.
Rise of the Three Gorges Dam Animation
The Three Gorges Dam is one of the only man-made structures visible to the naked eye from space; these NASA animations show the placement and history of the dam through satellite images and computer re-creations.
International Rivers: Three Gorges Dam
The International Rivers organization has been one of the most outspoken international voices against the Three Gorges Dam. Here, on their dedicated Web page, the group makes their case and offers information about the downsides of the project.
Xinhua News: “China to Raise Three Gorges Project’s Water Level”
China gets ready for a trial operation of the Three Gorges Dam, which entails raising the water level behind the dam, and which will take course over a period of a month. (September 27, 2008)
Scientific American: “China’s Three Gorges Dam: An Environmental Catastrophe?”
The Three Gorges Dam has the potential to become one of China’s biggest environmental nightmares. This article gives an overview of the environmental problems with the dam and the Chinese government’s response. (March 25, 2008)
The New York Times: “Roundtable With Dai Qing: Choking on Growth”
In this roundtable discussion on China’s economic growth, experts talk about the new China and the environmental impact of its rapid development. Longtime Three Gorges activist Dai Qing gives an insider’s perspective on the problems with the dam project. (November 21, 2007)
The New York Times: Choking on Growth, Part IV: Three Gorges Dam
The Three Gorges Dam is the largest dam project in the world. It has displaced more than a million people and is spawning significant environmental problems. In this article, The New York Times examines all sides of the debate around the dam. This link also includes a video report and an interactive graphic showing the displaced. (November 19, 2007)
Time Magazine: “China’s Three Gorges Dam Under Fire”
Many of China’s leaders stayed quiet about the controversies over the Three Gorges Dam until now. This article examines the findings of scientists who have investigated the environmental impact of the dam and the political troubles that the dam faces. (October 12, 2007)
BBC: “Three Gorges Dam’s Social Impact”
The opposition to the Three Gorges Dam is not merely based on environmental grounds — many claim that the social costs of the monumental process will prove too great. This BBC article examines the effect of the dam on the lives of those who surround it. (May 20, 2006)
Also on PBS and NPR
China From the Inside
Although China is in the news more than ever, it remains mysterious to many Americans. PBS’s China From the Inside series hopes to present and examine the past and present of China with a thoughtful, critical eye. The website for the series includes an interactive map that features sights and sounds from across China. (January 2007)
Great Wall Across the Yangtze
This PBS film explores the hopes for and impacts of the Three Gorges Dam, using illegal footage and interviews with experts from across the globe. Learn more about the dam project and the Yangtze River at the website for the film. (2000)
Online NewsHour — Paul Solman Reports: China on the Rise
NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman traveled to China in the summer of 2005 to produce a seven-part series on the Asian nation’s rise as a global economic contender and America’s anxiety that China will overtake the United States as a superpower in the 21st century. (October 2005)
NewsHour Extra: China Opens World’s Largest Dam
Hoping for increased trade and a solution to years of flooding, China this week opened the Three Gorges Dam, a $24 billion project that has led to criticism over the displacement of more than a million residents. (June 18, 2003)
Online NewsHour: Big Dig
Hoping for increased trade and a solution to years of flooding, China this week opened the Three Gorges Dam, a $24 billion project that has led to criticism over the displacement of more than one million residents. (October 8, 1997)
In the Spotlight: China
This page on NPR’s website aggregates all of the news organization’s stories about China, including stories about environment, diplomacy, culture and economy.
Talk of the Nation: Up the Yangtze: A Director’s Take on the Three Gorges Dam
Filmmaker Yung Chang talks about his documentary Up the Yangtze, in which he rides a luxury cruise liner up the famed river in China and tells the story of two teenagers, a spoiled boy from a middle-class family and a timid teenage girl whose family lives in a riverside shanty, and how they navigate the changes being caused by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. (June 18, 2008)
NPR.org: China and the World
Anyone reading the headlines these days can see that China’s influence is being felt worldwide. Some media refer to this as China’s rise; Chinese people see it as their country’s rightful return to the dominant position it held in Asia for much of the last 2,000 years. Here, a look at China’s evolving role in the world. (March 31, 2008)
NPR.org: The Three Gorges Reservoir: A Series Overview
In this three-part NPR special on the Three Gorges Dam, the environmental, social and historical effects of the project are discussed as those affected by the changes are interviewed. (January 2, 2008)
NPR.org: Going It Alone Downstream to China’s Three Gorges
Anthony Kuhn, NPR’s China correspondent, writes about his experiences traveling through and reporting on the Three Gorges Dam. (January 2, 2008)
Talk of the Nation: The New China — Opportunity or Threat?
This NPR Roundtable discussion considers author Clyde Prestowitz stark argument about the decline of American hegemony and the rise of China as a single economic superpower. (July 21, 2005)