Kinship & Descent

Kinship & Descent

DVD - 2008
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"The video opens with pictures of Chinese immigrants of the 1850s to the 1900s and explains that the immigrants of that time faced enormous challenges when they moved from their country to the United States. They faced discrimination and a sense of isolation because they lacked assistance that had been provided through strong kinship ties in China. The video explains that kinships, or the strong familial networks within which individuals function on a daily basis, are made up of groups of family members and that they provide the essentials for survival. The video explains descent groups and lineages and points out that not all lineages trace descent the same way. Several different kinds of descent groups are illustrated and Chinese patrilineal descent is featured. Particular attention is given to explaining this complex system; that a lineage in this system goes back only four to six generations because households become very large over time and conflicts arise, that brothers splinter off and begin lineages of their own. The concept of clan (tsu) is defined and discussed at length. Different systems of kinship are illustrated, and that each group establishes varying methods of defining relatives. The video explains the Eskimo system, the Iroquois System, and the Hawaiian system."--container
Publisher: [Fountain Valley, Calif.] : Coast Learning Systems ; [New Westminster, BC] : Classroom Video : Distribution Access [distributors], c2008
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (28 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in. (DVD)
Alternative Title: Kinship and descent

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