China Resource Links for Students

Here are some fantastic information sources and tips that should help you think through your video topics, by section:

1. The Gold List 3.  Chinese Voices  5.  British Voices  7.   Teachers’ Picks
2. Hammer Time 4.  U.S. Voices  6. Websites  8.  Conventional News Sources

Smithsonian Institute Resources:









Here are UC Berkeley Professor Tom Gold’s top 5 book picks for a concise and illuminating introduction into the human side of modern China’s development:


gold_thomasAbout Tom:
Thomas B. Gold is a former 1990 Institute Board member and a Professor of Sociology at the University of California. Since 2000 he has also served as Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), a consortium of 14 American universities which administers an advanced Chinese language program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. At Berkeley, he has also served as Associate Dean of International and Area Studies, Founding Director of the Berkeley China Initiative, and Chair of the Center for Chinese Studies.


Pete Hammer, San Francisco Unified’s research expert, shares below how to find what you need, yet maintain a balanced perspective.

1. Get an overview.
2. Think critically about your sources.
3. Seek out primary sources (i.e., original points of view) vs. secondary or predigested news and then form your own opinions.
4. Compare points of view (POV) from Chinese, American and other perspectives.  Seek balance.


About Pete Hammer:
Pete Hammer has worked in the San Francisco Unified School District as a teacher, professional development facilitator and librarian for 25 years.  He studied Chinese as an undergraduate, has traveled frequently to China and spent a sabbatical year in Beijing studying in Mandarin. In 2011, he spent five months in Singapore developing curriculum in Chinese history as part of a Fulbright teacher exchange program.  He taught journalism at Lowell High School for eight years.  In 2013, he spoke about “Our Filtered View of China” at the 1990 Institute’s inaugural Teachers Workshop.

3. Chinese Voices

  • China Daily English website:  Want to know the Chinese government’s position on the topic you are researching?
  • China Dialogue a joint Chinese-British non-profit organization that focuses on environmental education in China.
  • China Digital Times – a digital newspaper focusing on stories about Chinese society, politics, art, economics, culture, world events, translations of Chinese terms, and more.  [NOTE:  try the “Translation” tab which gives access to voices directly from China.}
  • China Environmental Protection Foundation:  a non-profit run by Chinese activists to develop environmental consciousness in China.
  • Global Environmental Institute (GEI):  Chinese non-profit, non-governmental organization that was established in Beijing, China in 2004 to design and implement market-based models for solving environmental problems.
  • Hong Kong Science Museum – local Hong Kong science learning museum.  Video lecture on Water Resources in China and Hong Kong
  • One-child policy:  Students researching population issues such as the one-child policy should be sure to read the government’s explanation of the policy rather than rely solely on outside interpretations.


4.  U.S. Voices

o  Council on Foreign Relations – updates on global matters.

o  East West Center – The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue.  Search for “China”.

o  National Committee on United States – China Relations – Promoting constructive engagements.  Go to resources for a wealth of information.

o  NPR – formerly the National Public Radio, refined search on China.

o  Nova – part of PBS, Nova is a U.S. popular science television produced by WGBH in Boston.  This link focuses on China.

o  PBS Learning Media – China – collection allows students to take a virtual trip to China to learn more about China’s society and culture, as well as the art of China through the centuries. Explore significant events in Chinese history, the history of U.S.-China relations, and the experiences of Chinese Americans through videos, images, documents, and lesson plans.

o  PBS Newshour on China – Analysis, background reports and news updates to put the day’s news in context.

o  Smithsonian – over 5,000 entries of resources related to China.

  • National Postal Museum – The Pacific Exchange: China and U.S. Mail exhibition tells the story of China-US relations through the lens of stamps & mail

o  TED Talk – segments from TED talk on China.  TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world.

5.  British Voices

o  TES -UK – Digital community in UK. Screen on China.  Need to sign up before access to resources.

o  Victoria and Albert Museum – Reading list on China and other resources.

6.  Websites:

o  ChinaFAQs:  The Network for Climate and Energy Information

o  International Crisis Group – refined search on China from the group that is working to prevent conflict worldwide.


7.  Teachers’ Picks — Think like a teacher.  Places a teacher might suggest:

o  Asian Art Museum – online resources about China.  These include lesson plans, zoomable art objects, video, background information, epics and folktales and more.

o  Asia for Educators – An initiative of the Weatherhead East Asia Institute at Columbia University.  AFE is designed to serve faculty and students in world history, culture, geography, art and literature at the undergraduate and pre-college levels.

o  Asia Society Policy Institute –  Asia Society Policy Institute works closely with Asia Society’s Center on U.S. – China Relations to deepen understanding and expand cooperation among China, The United States, and other Asian countries.

o  Asian Educational Media Service – University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. Helps educators find multimedia resources for teaching about Asia in order to promote understanding of Asian cultures and peoples.

o  British Museum Tour China Journey to the East Great resource including activities for the classroom.

o  National Geographic – China – lots of good information on China including a fun quiz to test your knowledge on China

o  National Geographic Kids – provides basis statistics on China for younger students.

8.  Conventional news sources 

o  The Economist – offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and the connections between them.  This link narrows the topic to China.

o  LA Times – refine search to China from the leading news source.

o  The New York Times – The paper’s motto, “All the News That’s Fit to Print” is one of the most respected news source in the U.S.  This links goes to search results of China.

The Washington Post – daily, oldest newspaper based on Washington D.C.