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GHS: China in the World: History & Culture

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The Great Wall of China

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Check out this Crash Course video by Indiana's very own John Green for a great in-depth video about the history and development of China.

In this crash Course video by John Green, many different aspects of Chinese history are discussed.  The Mandate of Heaven, one of the more challenging topics for people new to the culture, is explained in-depth, making this the perfect video for beginners.

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China Today

  • Population: 1.357 billion (2013)
  • Life expectancy: 75.20 years (2012)
  • GNI per capita: 11,850 PPP dollars (2013)
  • Fertility rate: 1.66 births per woman (2012)
  • Population growth rate: 0.5% annual change (2013)
  • Official language: Standard Mandarin

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Do you ever feel like the world is out to get you?

Chinese Millennials feel the exact same. A video by CNN, linked below, discusses many of the struggles that youth in China are currently facing. Many young adults want to be his or herself, without the constant rulings of a boss or mentor. This sentiment is no different in China. From watching this video, it's easy for a person to see just how relatable people in the countries farthest from them are.

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