American Cultures for Children Video Seriesthree volumes of a 12-volume set; 25 minutes each.Schlessinger Media; $359.40 for set; $29.95 each; Grades K-4.
Like the other videos, Chinese-American Heritage introduces a wide range of information in an upbeat, child-friendly format. Viewers learn about Chinese geography, population, music, and language.
The tape begins with the mass immigration from China to the United States during the Gold Rush and the building of the transcontinental railroad, but there’s no mention of discrimination or racism. A “field trip” to Chinatown in New York City shows a market, an herb shop, and a dim sum restaurant.
Chinese-American Heritage closes with a traditional folk song sung by a Chinese soloist. Julie, our oldest, thought the tape portrayed Chinese-Americans positively. I wish it had included some modern Chinese-American families and at least a mention of racism, which all American children should learn about.
Reviewed by Deb Luppino, mother of two daughters from China, who lives in Farmington, Connecticut, where she’s active in Families with Children from China.
Other videos in the series include:
- Native American
- Puerto Rican
- Vietnamese-American Heritage.
To order, call 800-843-3620 or visit www.libraryvideo.com.
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