Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Around the World With the Hat Family Series

"Highly Recommended. This series compares cultural differences in a way that is both lively and interesting." -NAMTC/NMM Review
"Highly Recommended This is an excellent series, which is packed with information about countries and cultures all around the world." -CITC Review
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2. Thailand, China, Germany

2. Thailand, China, Germany

In this program viewers join The Hat Family in their year long educational journey around the world. They start in Bangkok, the capital of the "fairy tale Kingdom" of Thailand in Southeast Asia, where they see the pervasive Buddhist influence on customs and day-to-day life. Viewers watch The Hat Family celebrate the beginning of the Buddhist New Year and the end of a the dry season during the Songkran (The Water Festival), dancing the Khon, setting animals free, and spraying everyone with water to wash away all the bad things that happened during the previous year. Next stop for The Hat Family is the 5,000 year old People's Republic of China, the third largest and most heavily populated country in the world. Here they don their finest clothes and join in the friendly competition of the Dragon Boat Festival, protesting the harshness of war and seeking luck, strength, and goodness for the coming year. The Hat Family then jumps to The Federal Republic of Germany, where they munch on pretzels, listen to the music of Beethoven, Handel, and Wagner, read Grimm Brother's fairy tales, and re-enact the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, once again sampling the rich gifts and traditions of another of the world's cultures. 98/11DE PI 15 min.

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