Elegy For a River

This is their story, and the story of a conservationist with a wild hope: that he could bring them back. Tom Moorhouse spent eleven years beside rivers, fens, canals, lakes and streams, researching British wildlife.

Elegy For a River

A DAILY MAIL BOOK OF THE WEEK: 'particularly enjoyable' 'Somehow laugh-out-loud funny - passionate, warm and full of fascinating insights into the eccentric world of the field naturalist.' - Isabella Tree, author of Wilding Water voles are small, brownish, bewhiskered and charming. Made famous by 'Ratty' in The Wind in the Willows, once they were a ubiquitous part of our waterways. They were a totem of our rivers. Now, however, they are nearly gone. This is their story, and the story of a conservationist with a wild hope: that he could bring them back. Tom Moorhouse spent eleven years beside rivers, fens, canals, lakes and streams, researching British wildlife. Quite a lot of it tried to bite him. He studied four main species - two native and endangered, two invasive and endangering - beginning with water voles. He wanted to solve their conservation problems. He wanted to put things right. This book is about whether it worked, and what he learnt - and about what those lessons mean, not just for water voles but for all the world's wildlife. It is a book for anyone who has watched ripples spread on lazy waters, and wondered what moves beneath. Or who has waited in quiet hope for a rustle in the reeds, the munch of a stem, or the patter of unseen paws. Praise for Tom Moorhouse: 'The pages of this book are shot through with quicksilver light reflected from wet fur - not a lament for our rivers but a chorus of hope for their future.' - Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path 'Beautiful and important. Tom's book is extraordinary in its gentle curiosity and sympathy for his subjects. I love this book.' - Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Vice-Chairman and Co-founder of the Eden Project 'Terrific. Lightly but beautifully written. Very moving. Water voles are adorable little beasts. They are also tough, randy and stroppy, as Tom Moorhouse makes clear in this wry, amusing account of the often bloody, painful and frustrating business of conservation fieldwork. 'I hold stubbornly to optimism,' he declares, and his Elegy for a River demands that we do the same.' - Christopher Somerville, walking correspondent for The Times and author of The January Man

China s Search for Democracy

5 River Elegy , a Television Documentary Su XIAOKANG AND WANG LUXIANG Summer 1988 Source : Translation of He shang ( River elegy ) by Frederick Wakeman , University of California , Berkeley , 1989. Reprinted with permission from The New ...

China s Search for Democracy

28. Where Will the Student Movement Go? Letter to the Patriotic Students -- 29. A Proposal for Quitting the Communist Party and Preparing to Establish a "Society to Promote the Chinese Democratic Movement"--30. Our Humiliation Must Be Wiped Out! -- 31. Maximum Program and Minimum Program -- 32. Letter to All Compatriots -- 33. Declaration of Ph. D. Students at People's University of China -- 34. A Beijing Worker's Open Letter to the Students -- 35. Dad and Mom Support You! -- 36. Voice of the News Reporters -- 37. Our Views -- 38. Lenin Is Crying in the Nether Regions

A Glossary of Political Terms of the People s Republic of China

The filming of River Elegy has given us the chance to study and borrow cultural knowledge from the West , from overseas , and from within our own country . It can be said that the idea of River Elegy originated with the thinkers of the ...

A Glossary of Political Terms of the People s Republic of China

"A glossary of political terms of the People's Republic of China is a collection of 560 important and frequently-used Chinese political terms and phrases that appeared between 1949 and 1990. Each entry begins with an explanation of the term and its origin, a description of how and under what circumstances the term was used, and a discussion of the changes of meaning over the years, as well as the political and social significance of the words."--Jacket.

Unstately Power

The conclusion of River Elegy is that China must face the world , and the TV serial is clearly consistent with national goals of modernization . The program was made for Chinese — and some nationalistic intellectuals explicitly liked ...

Unstately Power


The Revival of China

Trends in the society In June 1988, China Central Television (CCTV) Broadcast Station featured, in the prime time, a television film series of "River Elegy", a total of six episodes, with SUXiao-kang as the main writer.

The Revival of China

The book is about the revival of China in the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. It has eight parts: (1) The civil revolution in China, (2) The countryside bases, (3) The Long Match of the Red Army, (4) The Anti Japanese War, (5) Decisive civil battles before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, (6) The Mao Era before the Great Cultural Revolution, (7) The Great Cultural Revolution, and (8) The Reform and opening up. This version of the book is without pictures.

Chinese Democracy and the Crisis of 1989

In this way River Elegy would be read as preserving a very active role for popular action among social groups that otherwise would seem to be bereft of a purpose in the New Era . Visual Analysis : The Rhetoric of Montage and ...

Chinese Democracy and the Crisis of 1989

This study examines the process of democratization in China, taking as a focal point the recent crisis of 1989 in Tiananmen Square, but providing broader historical perspectives from both Chinese and American scholars. The authors evaluate China's political heritage, from theories of despotism in Chinese civilization to evidence for China's own democratic traditions. They also analyze the more recent political and social crises of the 1980s leading to the massive urban demonstrations in the spring of 1989, with the conflicts that have divided the rural masses, the state, the army, the cultural elite, and the media in China; and they discuss what these events tell us about China's cultural and political future.

China Turned On

RIVER ELEGY — CHINA'S DEATH POEM TO ITSELF This yellow land cannot teach us the true spirit of science, nor can the fierce Yellow River reveal the true consciousness of democracy. (line from the television miniseries, River Elegy) 'As I ...

China Turned On

The years following the Cultural Revolution saw the arrival of television as part of China’s effort to ‘modernize’ and open up to the West. Endorsed by the Deng Xiaoping regime as a ‘bridge’ between government and the people, television became at once the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party and the most popular form of entertainment for Chinese people living in the cities. But the authorities failed to realize the unmatched cultural power of television to inspire resistance to official ideologies, expectations, and lifestyles. The presence of television in the homes of the urban Chinese strikingly broadened the cultural and political awareness of its audience and provoked the people to imagine better ways of living as individuals, families, and as a nation. Originally published in 1991, set within the framework of China’s political and economic environment in the modernization period, this insightful analysis is based on ethnographic data collected in China before and after the Tiananmen Square disaster. From interviews with leading Chinese television executives and nearly one hundred families in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xian, the author outlays how Chinese television fosters opposition to the government through the work routines of media professionals, television imagery, and the role of critical, active audience members.

The Chinese and Their Future

See Wang Luxiang , " River Elegy : Script of the Television Series ' River Elegy , Part III , " Wenhui Bao , June 28 , 1988. Yan Jiaqi , in his " China Is No Longer a Dragon , " People's Daily , May 23 , 1988 , emphasized that China ...

The Chinese and Their Future

Policy analysts and scholars in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States discuss the major issues arising in the aftermath of the explosive events in China in 1989. Contributors include Arthur Hummel, the former U.S. ambassador to the People's Republic of China, and Ding Mou-Shih, the representative of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs to the United States.

Daily Report

The author of “ River Elegy " has intentionally neglected this and is reckless in saying that “ the ants and rats are nibbling at the main dam of Huanghe . " He must be daydreaming ! Fourth , in “ River Elegy ” it is said : “ River ...

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Dictionary of the Political Thought of the People s Republic of China

Using the river as its connecting thread, the series conveys some deep thoughts of contemporary scholars on Chinese ... This led to a great deal of feedback, culminating in what was called the "River Elegy craze", which focused on ...

Dictionary of the Political Thought of the People s Republic of China

Far more than a simple glossary, this unique resource provides a detailed lexicography of political and social life in China today, and deepens our understanding of the last twenty years of enormous change in the People's Republic. Each of the 1,600 entries (1) is rendered in Chinese characters; (2) is alphabetized according to pinyin, the Chinese phonetic alphabet; (3) is translated into English; and (4) is explained in terms of the situation in which it first appeared and how its meaning shifted over time. In addition to the main body of definitions and annotations, there are three appendices, abbreviations, a name index, and a bibliography.

DENG Xiao ping s Practice Topic 8 of the selected topics from The Revival of China

them: "I have watched the film 'River Elegy' twice, and read the commentary booklet also twice. It causes me a big fire! It scolds our nation, the Chinese Communist Party and the system of public ownership. It essentially advocates the ...

DENG Xiao ping s Practice  Topic 8 of the selected topics from The Revival of China

This is Selected topic 8 of the book entitled "The Revival of China". The full book is about the revival of China in the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. This topic is about the practice of DENG Xiao-ping in pushing for Reform and Opening Up while at the same time insisting the Four Cardinal Principles. It also records how JIANG Ze-min and HU Jing-tao followed DENG’s route in the development of China, and made China became, in the year of 2010, the second largest economy in the world and preliminary revival of China.

From Beijing to Port Moresby

21 It is interesting to see how this was portrayed beyond intellectual circles by the scriptwriters of "River Elegy" (Hes hang), the television documentary series I mentioned earlier. Their script stressed how important it was to ...

From Beijing to Port Moresby

Essays in this volume focus on Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, and the People's Republic of China as sites rife with discursive complexity. From small to large, young to old, former colony to former colonial power, these six examples do well to represent situated voices and cultural values meted out in a larger "global" space.

Daily Report

True Story ' of ' River Elegy ' Sequel Revealed HK0205034 190 Beijing WENYI BAO in Chinese 7 Apr 90 p 5 2. It Is Necessary To Correctly Understand the Essence of Justifiable Defense by People's Policemen in Performing Their Duties Some ...

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Cries For Democracy

First , the attack on traditional Chinese culture reached a symbolic , if not intellectual , zenith with the nationwide broadcast of a controversial television essay , " River Elegy . " Second , for the first time in the history of the ...

Cries For Democracy

"Han Minzhu" and her assistant editor, "Hua Sheng," both writing under pseudonyms to protect their identities, present a rich collection of translations of original writings and speeches from the 1989 Chinese Democracy Movement--flyers, "big-character" posters, "small-character" posters, handbills, poems, articles from nonofficial newspapers and journals, government statements, and transcriptions of tapes. Linked by a commentary setting the documents in the context of the movement's history and of Chinese social and political life, these expressions--indeed, cries--of the participants in the passionate demonstrations in Beijing and other Chinese cities powerfully convey the atmosphere of this extraordinary protest. In the face of the ensuing campaign of intimidation and repression in China, this book enables Western readers to see through the eyes of Chinese students, intellectuals, workers, and other citizens the realities behind the reports and visual images that flooded the media during the spring of 1989. The editors believe that the underlying motivations, emotions, and aspirations of the prodemocracy demonstrators can best be communicated to those outside China by translations that aim as much as possible to capture the original words, tones, and rhythms of the Chinese people. This book is a unique collection of political and personal documents, and it is also a dramatic presentation of the movement. The lucid commentary, the arrangement of selections in approximate chronological order, and the use of photographs combine to create a vivid and flowing narrative. Beginning with the student discontent and restlessness that pervaded Chinese campuses in the winter of 1989, and continuing through to the violent suppression of the Democracy Movement in June with the bloody army takeover of Tiananmen Square and sweeping arrests of activists, the story shows how moderate demands on the part of students grew into a mass antigovernment protest and resistance to martial law in Beijing. Highlighting the demands and goals of the protesters and the attitude of the students toward the Chinese Communist Party, the work movingly evokes the determination, idealism, courage, and flashes of humor that were the essence of this unforgettable spring.

Chinese Ecocinema

The River Elegy goes further than sociologist Murray Bookchin's famous position statement that “all ecological problems are social problems.”6 The scriptwriters of the TV documentary use the Yellow River ecology as an allegory for ...

Chinese Ecocinema

This anthology is a book-length study of China's ecosystem through the lens of cinema. Proposing 'ecocinema' as a new critical framework, the volume collectively investigates a wide range of urgent topics in today's world.

Chinese Sociology and Anthropology

As for the intense debate that has emerged since the broadcasting of River Elegy , Li Yining felt that this is precisely a goal that the production intended to attain . He said : “ If things were to remain calm and insipid after the ...

Chinese Sociology and Anthropology

Vol. 1- includes Glossary of sociological and anthropological terms.

Global Media

Arguably, River Elegy comes close . . . to being the functional cquivalent of a national referendum on the symbol system of Chinese identity ... omnipresent symbols, so beloved by Western tourists, were dramatized as symbolizing China's ...

Global Media

This book is about the processes of globalization, demonstrated through a comparative study of three television case histories in Asia. Also illustrated are different approaches to providing television services in the world: public service (NHK in Japan), state (CCTV in China) and commercial (STAR TV, based in Hong Kong). Through its focus, Global Media addresses a considerable lacuna in the media studies literature, which tends to have a heavy Western bias. It provides an original addition to the literature on globalization, which is often abstract and anecdotal, in addition to making a major contribution to comparative research in Asia. Finally, it offers a thoughtful causal layered analysis, with a concluding argument in favor of public service television.

State Propaganda in China s Entertainment Industry

In 1988, a TV documentary called River Elegy (Heshang) was aired on China Central Television (CCTV).4 River Elegy was a representative piece of a new enlightenment movement led by elite Chinese intellectuals who endeavoured to seek the ...

State Propaganda in China s Entertainment Industry

Most current research on the evolution of China’s propaganda discourse only touches upon recent variations of official propaganda rhetoric grounded in popular media. Here, the research is extended by tapping into the most recently released popular cultural media narratives such as online documentaries, films, TV drama serials and education programs, all of which are enlisted and co-opted by the state for propaganda goals. This book maps out the cutting-edge expansions of official propaganda that are embedded in the entertainment industry of contemporary China. Its case studies bring to light the progression of the mainstream propaganda discourse in terms of its merging, cooperation and compromise with the commercial features of both the traditional and newly-emerging entertainment media. In particular, it examines a group of mass entertainment products which include two best-selling mainstream blockbusters, two on-line commercial web documentaries, the China Central Television Moon Festival Gala series, socialist revolutionary TV drama serials, and a prime time science and education program. In so doing, it forefronts the up-to-date developments and novelties of state propaganda: its motives, reasoning and approaches within the mediasphere of today’s China. Illustrating how the CCP propaganda apparatus and tactics evolve and become embedded in popular media products, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese studies, Media Studies and Popular Cultural Studies.

Television in Post Reform China

In 1988, Su Xiaokang, Wang Luxiang and their colleagues produced the landmark six hour documentary River Elegy (Heshang), which questioned most of what viewers thought they knew about Chinese history and the glories of Chinese ...

Television in Post Reform China

This book explores the political, economic, and cultural forces, locally and globally that have shaped the evolution of Chinese primetime television dramas, and the way that these dramas in turn have actively engaged in the major intellectual and policy debates concerning the path, steps, and speed of China’s economic and political modernization during the post-Deng Xiaoping era. It intertwines the evolution of Chinese television drama particularly with the ascendance of the Chinese New Left that favors a recentralization of state authority and an alternative path towards China’s modernization and China’s current administration’s call for building a "harmonious society." Two types of serial drama are highlighted in this regard, the politically provocative dynasty drama and the culturally ambiguous domestic drama. The book also provides cross-cultural comparisons that parallel the textual and institutional strategies of transnational Chinese language TV dramas with dramas from the three leading centers of transnational television production, the US, Brazil and Mexico in Latin America, and the Korean-led East Asia region. The comparison reveals creative connections while it also explores how the emergence of a Chinese cultural-linguistic market, together with other cultural-linguistic markets, complicates the power dynamics of global cultural flows.