Confucianism in a Changing Society

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The Last Train Home, a 2009 documentary about China's migrant factory workers, provides viewers with an opportunity to explore how China's emergence as a global manufacturing force is challenging Chinese traditional values like filial piety espoused by Confucianism.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members compare the Confucian teachings about filial piety with United States attitudes toward respect for parents
Classroom Considerations

  • The film is free on Tubi and for purchase from iTunes
  • Consider the impact the resource might have on any Chinese students in the class
Pros

  • Includes an extensive list of extensions and adaptations that include investigations of working conditions that affect families in the United States and immigrants from Mexico and from the Philippines
Cons

  • None