Being a Child

Welcome to the world of pre-school kids in Asia. BEING a 3-5-year-old is a bed of roses. Born to affluent, doting parents, destined to a lifestyle of luxury then, these little ones have it made. Kindergarten school days used to be a child’s most blissful years, a temporary shelter from the cutthroat competition they would be facing once they passed their sixth birthday and step into a elementary school classroom. Well, not anymore. The truth is - preschoolers might never have it tougher. Now in the face of severe competition, parents in Asia are subjecting their offspring, some as young as 18months, to a relentless regime of learning and training that would arm them with the skills and knowledge for college admission 10-12 years in the future. Set in the playrooms of Asia’s megacities (Tokyo, Beijing/Shanghai, Singapore, Delhi & Hong Kong), the epicenter of this regional phenomenon, “Being a Child” is the first documentary series to take a balanced and good-humored look at this madly, oddly, sometimes incomprehensibly competitive environment for an honest account of how it is to be raised in Asia. 有句话说,三岁见大,七岁看老。随着社会和教育的进步,全球人力之间的竞争白热化;教育下一代,尤其是幼儿时期的孩子,越来越受重视,而有不少亚洲家长们也都深信,自家的孩子绝对不能“输在起跑点”。 全新纪录片系列以纪实的方式深入亚洲5大城市(日本东京,中国北京/上海,新加坡,印度新德里,和中国香港)窥探亚洲父母们如何从孩子6个月开始,就慌忙地为孩子打理接下来5年的“奋斗生涯”,或者帮助孩子准备升学考试进入一所有名的小学,或者不惜代价培养孩子各方面的才能,以便孩子们能尽早拥有一技之长。 在经济竞争白热化的大城市,教育资源的分配是否公平?身份弱势的孩子们要如何在竞争中突围?而决定让幼小的心灵在6岁的时候就承受18岁高考入大学的升学压力,到底会为孩子将来的成长带来什么深远的影响?

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