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Aside from computing, parents and pupils give top priority to science, technology, and maths. These subjects are regarded as the most useful for getting a job. VILLAGE CLASSROOM Eight out of 10 primary- and middle-school pupils in China attend schools in the countryside. These schools are often poor, with old buildings and basic furniture. Migrant workers who take their families to the cities with them face a worse problem. They frequently find it difficult to educate their children because the city schools are either full or too expensive.
In 1896, the first film was screened in China, starting a new era of tea-house variety shows produced in Shanghai by foreign companies. By the 1930s, China had its own film industry, which was taken over by the Communist Party when it came to power. In the late 1970s, artists who wanted to use their own imagination had to make their films secretly, away from the government censors. Today, many big-budget Chinese movies attract large audiences around the world. Golden Horse statuette CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) is the most successful Chinese-language film ever made, winning four Oscars.
Many people visit their nearest market daily to buy fresh vegetables and meat. A huge variety of household goods can also be found there, including cotton slippers, toothbrushes, bags, woks, pots, and pans. Larger towns and cities have specialty markets for just about anything, from pet animals to carpets, trinkets, and electrical appliances. Unlike in shops, prices are rarely marked and people barter with the stallholders. In rural areas, weekly fairs are the main event in village life. Villagers visit them for social reasons and not just to go shopping.