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Separated by the Pacific Ocean, linked by cultural roots, nurtured by generations of migration and interchange, people in America and China consider new answers to old questions: Which society is more modern? More competitive? More comfortable? These are stories of ordinary people who follow their values on personal journeys that are wholesome, joyous and distressing.


Chinese In San Francisco:
• Population: 152,620
• Median Age: 40
• Average Family Size: 4
• Median family income: $54, 239

In San Francisco:
• Population: 776,733
• Median Age: 37
• Average family size: 3
• Median family income: $63,545

Chinese In America (Chinese-Americans):
• Population: 2.4 million
• Median age: 35
• Average family size: 3
• Median family income: $60,058

In America:
• Population: 301 million
• Median age: 36.6
• Life expectancy: 77.5
• Literacy rate: 99%
• 2006 GDP per capita: $39,676
• Poverty rate: 12.3%
• Unemployment rate: 4.8%

In China:
• Population: 1.3 billion
• Median age: 33.2 years
• Life expectancy: 71.9
• Literacy rate: 90.9%
• 2006 GDP per capita: $5,896
• Poverty rate: 10%
• Unemployment rate: 4.2 %

United Nations Human Development Index (2006) (The index combines measures of life expectancy, education, & income):
• The U.S. is 8th of 177 countries
• China is 81st of 177 countries

In Guangzhou, China:
• Population: 12 million
• Annual economic growth rate: 14%
• 2006 GDP per capita: More than $11,000
• Unemployment rate: 2.42%

SOURCES: American Fact Finder, U.S. Census 2000, 2006 American Community Survey, United Nations Human Development Index (2006), CIA World Factbook, Guangzhou Municipality Official Website


UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism:
• Stories by Brian Aguilar, Laurie Burkitt, Mason Cohn, Cynthia Dizikes, Susa Lim and Jason Witmer
• Digital TV and the World Instructor: Todd Carrel
• Special Mentors: Christopher Beaver and Pierre Kattar
• Technical Advisor: Milt Wallace

The Center for Digital TV and the World, a project of the Tides Center in San Francisco, is supported by gifts from The Skirball Foundation, Sony, Apple, and the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, with support for coverage in China from the Center for Chinese Studies, The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, The Institute of East Asian Studies, the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies, and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Special thanks to Interim Dean Neil Henry, Roy Baril, Lydia Chavez, Paul Grabowicz, Rob Gunnison, Sandy Tolan and Carolyn Wakeman of the Graduate School of Journalism.

• Design and web production by Brian Aguilar

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