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TEACHER X-GIN'S LESSON IN DISCRIMINATION

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TEACHER X-GIN
Recommended age 8-18
26 minutes
DVD
PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE, TAIWAN
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What an interesting way to address discrimination, a topic that certainly every young child should be aware of. This film positions an instructor who spoofs the kids in the beginning until she leads them through an exercise that allows them to experience discrimination based on something they cannot control - their earlobes. The film uses cute graphics to enhance its message and moves very quickly as the viewer is allowed to observe the children participating in the various exercises designed to teach them what it feels like to be discriminated by others over something beyond their control. The camera work and quality as well as sound are very good. The thoughtfulness of the subject and how it is handled is excellent. There is some terminology and concepts that may not be appropriate for younger viewers however, given the topic those words are necessary to help reinforce the point about discrimination that the film addresses. I recommend this for inclusion in a youth film festival and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. You should know that it is in Chinese with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Michael O and Julie S. Delete
The one-day teacher of this episode is Gin Oy, a writer and model. When she was younger, she was discriminated and bullied because she was a plump girl with tattoos, which caused her to suffer from major depression in her adolescence. So she intends to let the kids know what discrimination can do to hurt someone's feelings. She divides the students into two groups, according to the unchangeable hereditary characteristic of their earlobes. With a made-up experiment, she convinces the kids that those with free earlobes has better self-control while those with attached earlobes have to stay inside the classroom during the breaks to study harder. Being tagged as someone born to be worse than the others, what will the kids react to this discrimination?
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