In the second clip from the Up the Yangtze lesson plan, Mr. Yu, a farmer, sees that with each passing day, his home is being devoured by the Yangtze River. The construction of the Three Gorges Dam has flooded the surrounding area, displacing some 2 million people. Students should discuss whether they think the Chinese government is doing the right thing by building the dam. Return to lesson plan »
Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods.
In this chilling video, Pol Pot's second in command, Nuon Chea (a.k.a. "Brother Number 2"), describes the decision they made to eliminate perceived "traitors" while they were in power. It's the first time a leader of the Khmer Rouge has admitted to ordering the killing of Cambodian people.