Asia

FRONTLINE
Secret State of North Korea

 

With undercover footage and firsthand accounts, an inside look at life in Kim Jong-un’s North Korea, one of the world’s most tightly-controlled countries. Dramatic stories of recent defectors show how some North Koreans are defying authority.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Vietnam

 

Trekker Zay Harding discovers the checkered and often-dangerous history of the Vietnamese railway. His journey takes him to Hanoi, Hue, the DMZ and Ho Chi Minh City where he meets a general who led the final attack on the Presidential Palace during the Vietnam War.

 

Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
Hong Kong, Part Two

Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions - Hong Kong, Part Two

 

Burt explains the history of dim sum, “speed tailoring” and the origin of the escalator. He also takes us on a visit to an old police barracks that has been changed into one of Hong Kong’s sleekest shopping areas and to the highest peak in Hong Kong.

 

Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
Hong Kong, Part One

 

Burt returns to Hong Kong for his 10th visit and takes a look at how things have changed. He explains the history of the gold fish, takes us on a ride around Victoria Harbor, describes the history of the Chinese Junk, and uncovers the power of a Feng Shui master.

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Uncovering South Korea

JOSEPH ROSENDO'S TRAVELSCOPE: Uncovering South Korea

 

On Joseph’s first visit to Korea, he discovers that while the capital city of Seoul’s modern skyline and prosperity are impressive, it’s Korea’s extraordinary history, traditions and customs that are the cornerstones of its culture.

 

Decoding Ancient Chinese Gardens

 

Suzhou, China is the heart and origin of the world’s oldest classical Chinese gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lance, an architect, and Kelly, a landscape designer, from the SF Bay Area experience the synthesis of art, nature and architecture from several masterpiece gardens in Suzhou, China. These two travelers visit the Master of Nets Garden, which was designed and built during the Song Dynasty almost 1000 years ago. They traverse the rock maze of the Lion Forest Garden, and experience the tranquility of the Couple’s Retreat Garden and more. Along the way, they see the architectural poetry of the garden-like Suzhou Museum, designed by the world famous architect, I.M. Pei. An exciting excursion to the water town of Tongli, south of the Yangzte River Delta, exposes Lance and Kelly to ancient waterways, bridges and residential architecture.

 

Korea:
The Forgotten War in Colour

 

This two-part program, presented back-to-back, offers a unique insight into a conflict that saw East confront West, communism challenge liberal democracy and Korean fight Korean in a bloody civil war. It features first-hand accounts and recently discovered original color film to shed light on this historical event.

 

Outbreak
In the summer of 1950, the people of Korea were trapped between two new superpowers of the postwar world flexing their muscles – the United States and the Soviet Union. On June 25, 1950, the North Korean People’s Army invaded the South. For the next 12 months, the opposing forces of North and South marched up and down the Korean peninsula in a series of attacks and counterattacks until cease-fire negotiations began on July 10, 1951. But the negotiations did not bring an end to the conflict, and the war dragged on for another two years.

 

Stalemate
While diplomats wrangled and negotiators argued, the fighting in the blighted Korean countryside continued. Stories emerged of atrocities committed by both sides. Amid allegations of retribution and reprisals, one of the major issues at the negotiations was the repatriation of prisoners of war. Eventually, a ceasefire was declared on July 27, 1953.

 

 

 

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