In just a few short weeks the eyes of the world will turn to China for the 2008 Summer Olympics. This will be China’s first time hosting the Olympic games. Explore the issues surrounding this occasion through Facts on File. (Greensboro Public Library Card Number required – find it, and keep it handy = )You’ll find complete coverage of the Olympic infrastructure and construction, human rights controversy, pollution issues, and the effects of the recent earthquake disaster.
Explore China further with these resources:
China in the Red (Online Video) You’ll be prompted for your NC Live Institution and Password. (Library card number required). Series: Frontline. Filmed over the course of three turbulent years, CHINA IN THE RED is a documentary that tells the stories of 10 Chinese individuals — factory workers, rural villagers, and a millionaire entrepreneur — caught up in China’s dramatic, ongoing effort to modernize its economy. Through their intimate personal stories, camera work capturing the unique feel of their cities and homes, and with a soundtrack that includes Chinese rock music reflecting the rawness and energy of a nation in great flux, CHINA IN THE RED offers a view of China that is rarely seen in the West.
China Revealed (DVD) This is the story of the most complex country on Earth, of the dreams and challenges driving its people to look forward– while cherishing the past. Can this ancient civilization survive its breakneck journey into the future? And at what price? This is the story of a great transformation, and of the people in the vortex. (from Discovery HD Theater)
Other Online Resources:
Around the Rings – News and forums about the Olympic Games in 2006 (Torino, Italy), 2008 (Beijing), Vancouver (2010), and London (2012), as well as information about host bidding for the future games. The site also includes news and links about the international and national Olympic committees and related matters.
By David Maraniss