Short Synopsis- China's Century of Humiliation
A Documentary about China's interaction with the Western powers throughout the nineteenth century Watch Trailer
From an isolated agricultural society, China has risen in the last 20
years to the rank of the second largest economy in the world. While many
tabloids cover this event, little is remembered about the tumultuous
interaction between China and the Western powers throughout the
This documentary will explore the fundamental differences between the Western and Chinese culture from early beginnings. Part one will debate how Christianity and Confucianism were translated in political thought and social systems. Next, the film explores why the industrial revolution did not take place in China, despite its many early inventions, but in Europe.
Part two explains the first economic and military encounters between the British and Chinese Empires. Trade deficits, war threats and reprisals have marked the 19th century as one of the bloodiest and most shameful in Chinese history. Today, these past lessons can serve as an powerful insight for what the future might bring for China and the rest of the world.
The film is completed available for TV distribution through Breakthrough Entertainment of Toronto CA. Members of the press or academia can request a DVD by writing Mitch@MitchAnderson.com
Mitch Anderson has arrayed an impressive cast of experts and his
film provides a wonderfully informative exploration of Chinese history,
politics, and culture. One gets a real sense of how Chinese philosophy
and religion have shaped a culture imbued with a sense of reverence for
stability and collective life. In addition Anderson’s deft contrast of
China with Western development and philosophy offers a respectful and
informative view of both cultures and traditions. Overall, his film
provides a deep foundation for understanding East/West interaction today
and, as such, it is a must see if one cares about the future of world
–Darren Guerra, Associate Professor of Political Science,
Vanguard University of Southern California
Anderson's China's Century of Humiliation is an in-depth look at the
impact of China's history and culture on its relationship with the
Western world. Drawing on historical documents; interviews with
international scholars, a prominent Chinese dissident, and a leading
Chinese journalist; and glimpses inside modern-day Chinese life, it
presents a balanced portrait of the often troubling Western involvement
in China and how that involvement continues to affect China's view of
and approach to world issues. This is a must-see film for serious
students of Chinese affairs and those who are simply seeking an
understanding of what makes China tick.
Kenneth M Currie, PhD
Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia
National Intelligence Council
I just viewed "China's Century of Humiliation," and i think you did a hell of a good job of explaining and documenting China's 19th century decline. I am very impressed. I really appreciate you showing this terrific film. i'm sure the students will get a lot out of it. Richard Baum PHD
Dr. Richard Baum is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he specializes in the study of modern Chinese politics and foreign relations. He has written and edited nine books, including, Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping (Princeton U., 1996), Prelude to Revolution: Mao, the Party, and the Peasant Question, 1962-66 (Columbia U., 1975), and most recently, China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom (U. Washington, 2010).
Century of Humiliation gives the watcher just the right balance of
educational and editorial content. It helps students of China better
understand the dynamic relationship between China and the West over the
last three centuries in a way that is factual, yet dynamic and
provocative. The use of Western and Chinese sources and content provides
an objective narrative and the watcher benefits from the directors
presentation of both perspectives. Interviews with experts and average
Chinese also provide excellent supplementary support for the filmmakers
contentions. The film is an excellent teaching resource for university
professors and could supplement even the most sophisticated observers
understanding of China's Century of Humiliation.
Josh Eisenman is a senior fellow in China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC). He and Ambassador David H. Shinn have recently completed a coauthored book on China's political, economic, and social relations with African countries entitled A Century of China-Africa Relations (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). Mr. Eisenman was coeditor of China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the 21st Century (ME Sharpe, 2007) and author of the book's chapter on China-Africa relations.
Members of the press or academia can request a DVD by writing Mitch at MitchAnderson.com