on the Chang Jiang - Shanghai and Sijia
video program features two case studies about the Chang
Jiang River valley: Shanghai: Head of the Dragon
and Sijia: Small Town, Big Change.
The first case study, Shanghai: Head of the Dragon,
examines China's most populous city. Shanghai is experiencing
unprecedented growth since the central government gave
its approval and support to an open city policy. The
opening of China's coastal regions to foreign trade
has been the catalyst for Shanghai's economic expansion.
Massive construction projects are underway in old Shanghai
and throughout the Open Coastal Area, especially in
the Pudong New Area.
to this case study include discussion of Shanghai's
new port project, new airport, and high-tech industry.
It features new satellite map imagery and interviews
with Dr. James Wang and Dr. Susan Walcott.
second case study, Sijia: Small Town, Big Change,
profiles Sijia, a small village that experienced rapid
growth when a blue jeans garment factory located there.
This rural township enterprise has given villagers year-round
employment with steady wages and an increasing standard
of living. This type of non-governmental, rural industry
is in sharp contrast to Shanghai's approach to economic
development, which is encouraged by both the central
and provincial governments.
update to this case study includes information on changing
lifestyles in China and the development of township
enterprises, including an interview with Dr. Zong-Guo
vs. Urban Development
vs. Coastal Development