Kids In China

Elizabeth Vander Zaag

1990, 14:53 minutes, English


Kids In China is a high energy documentary of children in and around Kunming, China from the unique point of view of the six year old narrator. Much of the multicultural assimilation in Canada is taking place in our urban elementary schools. There are surprisingly few tools to help this process. Kids In China shows the interaction between the Chinese kids and their Canadian visitors with performance of song and dance, learning English and playing. Visits to bird markets, the zoo and markets intersperse the classroom scenes. Animations of "friend" and "panda" stimulate Mandarin character recognition. Rural life is contrasted to urban life. An upbeat version of Song Of The Hoe, a zippy pace and lots animals make this a fun tape for children of all ages.

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