In the first clip from the Up the Yangtze lesson plan, filmmaker and narrator Yung Chang explains the significance of the Yangtze river and the goals and repercussions of the building of the Three Gorges Dam. He introduces the "farewell cruise," in which tourists gather to see the Yangtze before it is permanently changed. Students should discuss how they would feel if their government asked them to move because the city they lived in would soon be flooded. 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.