Chinese: Culture & Customs

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Ethnographic Video Online

Ethnographic Video Online is a comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collections contain over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork. Click the image above for Ethnographic Video Online's collection of resources on Japanese culture.

Some videos on Chinese culture and history from Ethnographic Video Online: 

The Powerhouse (62 min.) - China of the Shang and Han dynasties gained cultural and technological superiority through such innovations as silk production, steel making, printing, gunpowder, and the sea-going junk. 

China Coast: Hoy Fok and the Island School (32 min) - Hoy Fok, a fourteen-year-old boy, lives with his family on a fishing junk near a small island in Hong Kong. Hoy Fok helps his family in fishing and attends the island school.

Woman Being (20 min) - This documentary looks at women's attitudes toward beauty and sexuality in contemporary China. By focusing on women's perceptions of their bodies, the video depicts the tremendous changes that have occurred in the lives of Chinese women in the past one hundred years.

Life in China

Travel China Guide - general guide to Chinese culture, discussing history, food and drink, art, religion, and more

China Online Museum

China Online Museum - online museum with photos and information about Chinese ceramics, painting, calligraphy, bronzes, carving, and more.

eHRAF World Cultures

The eHRAF World Cultures contains ethnographic collections covering all aspects of cultural and social life. eHRAF is unique in having subject indexing at the paragraph level. This allows detailed and precise searching for concepts not easily found with keywords.

World Geography & Culture Online


The Definitive Resource for Studying the Geography and Cultures of the World. View Online.

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