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China '72: A Hole in the Bamboo Curtain

WWL-TV Special Projects Collection



Genre: Special, Documentary

Place Covered: China, Northeast China

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State

Date Issued: 1972

Duration: 00:28:09

Subjects: China | BEIJING, CHINA | Shenyang, China | Boggs, Hale, 1914-1972 | Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006 | Zhou Enlai, 1898-1976 | Johnson, Phil, 1929-2010 | Steel mills | Forbidden City | ACUPUNCTURE | Rice farmers | Tiananmen Square | Great Wall | Great Hall of the People


  • Johnson, Phil Narrator
  • Johnson, Phil Writer
  • Tolhurst, Jim Photographer
  • Tolhurst, Jim Editor
  • Lawton, Bob Theme Music


China ’72: A Hole in the Bamboo Curtain, a WWL-TV Special Project narrated by Phil Johnson, documents life in China in 1972. Footage includes: Premier Zhou Enlai, Congressman Hale Boggs, and Congressman Gerald Ford in a meeting in the Great Hall of the People; street scenes in China; Phil Johnson with a Chinese family in a commune house near Shenyang; scenes of a commune school; rice farming on commune; women working in factories; steel mills in Shenyang; apartment complex living in Shenyang; #3 Hospital of the Beijing Medical College and thyroid surgery using acupuncture for anesthesia; acupuncture treatment at a school for the deaf in Shenyang; Tibetan students performing at the Institute for Nationalities in Beijing; workers in a handicraft factory in Beijing; Tiananmen Square; the Forbidden City; the Great Wall; and a 6-day nursery run by the state.