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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Filmakers Library
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 52 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

Since 1992 China's “socialism” has adapted to the entrepreneurial spirit. Success stories abound, but in the Chinese cultural tradition, it is often the family, rather than the individual, which achieves success.

This film profiles several families who rose from subsistence incomes to fabled luxury through the inventiveness and ambition of the extended family. In 1992, the Li family founded a stone-carving business with a small amount of capital. Three sons and two sons-in-law are involved in the enterprise. After four years one of the sons invented an energy saving bulb; they now employ 1400 people.

The families live in close proximity to one another in the city, and have built adjoining homes in a luxury vacation community. Through the stories of several families portrayed in this film, a Westerner gains insight into the unique fusion of capitalism and communism that is becoming present day China.