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‘Koyaanisqatsi’ in China

KoyaaniAbout halfway through my first semester teaching American culture and society at Tsinghua University, cradle of Chinese leadership, a student asked me if we could watch a movie—something about “American culture.” It was in this way that I stumbled upon a most intractable dilemma.

If you were given the opportunity of showing some of China’s future leaders one movie that encapsulated the American essence, what would it be?

Koyaanisqatsi is probably not the first movie you would think of. (Probably…