China is experiencing perhaps the largest and fastest migration in history, from rural China to the cities. This
has great social, economic, and ecological consequences. This at a time when the issue of immigration is a political
flashpoint in the United States, where many migrations over its short history have shaped the nature of the country - early
explorers, the the early settlers, the Trail of Tears, the Canadian Expulsion,
The Underground Railroad, Westward
Expansion, The Great Migration leading to the Harlem Renaissance, and the more recent journeys of Migrant workers and illegal
The River of Wisdom documents the impact of one of the earliest migrations, from the China
countryside to towns and the beginning of a merchant class, merchant centers, and trade.......
The recent Exhibition
of the 'animated' version of the ancient painting also illustrates both the respect for classical Chinese Art and
the artful application of technological advances.
David Copperfield is set in early Victorian England against a backdrop
of great social change. The Industrial Revolution of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries had
transformed the social landscape and enabled capitalists and manufacturers to amass huge fortunes. Although
the Industrial Revolution increased social mobility, the gap between rich and poor remained wide. London,
a teeming mass of humanity lit by gas lamps at night and darkened by sooty clouds from smokestacks during the day, rose in
dark contrast to Britain’s sparsely populated rural areas. More and more people moved from the country to the city in
search of the opportunities that technological innovation promised. But this migration overpopulated the
already crowded cities, and poverty, disease, hazardous factory conditions, and ramshackle housing became widespread. Dickens
acutely observed these phenomena of the Industrial Revolution and used them as the canvas on which he painted David Copperfield
and his other urban novels.
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