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NOVA; Genius That Was China: Threat From Japan


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Genius That Was China: Threat From Japan
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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East and West come into direct conflict over trade and power in the 19th Century. The West won. "Nova" explores how Japan was later able to master Western, while China was not.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Genius That Was China: Threat From Japan,” 01/10/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B8F517DB16844E3185DF1089A1465000.
MLA: “NOVA; Genius That Was China: Threat From Japan.” 01/10/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B8F517DB16844E3185DF1089A1465000>.
APA: NOVA; Genius That Was China: Threat From Japan. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B8F517DB16844E3185DF1089A1465000
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