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For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

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Alumni Share: Leveraging your Boren experience with Joshua Rand-Castillo

In this episode Mr. Joshua-Rand Castillo a former Boren scholar to China will discuss his experience transitioning from Active Duty Military to the field of International Development. We will also discuss perspectives on transitioning between sectors within federal government, how best to leverage your Boren experience and hiring authorities to hiring officials.

VCAT Taiwan (6 hrs)

VCAT Taiwan focuses on the countries of Taiwan and China and provides a basic introduction to operationally focused Mandarin Chinese.

Culture Matters: Mianzi

This video looks where cultural concepts of respect can be found. This is part of the Culture Matters video series.