#TBT: In 1987, Smiles and Skepticism From Indian Schoolchildren


Students at Jamshedpur Elementary School in Bihar State, India, were the subjects of an Asia Society video series in 1987. (Asia Society)

Throughout the 1980s, Asia Society's education department produced several video packages with the aim of "expanding American students' understanding of Asia." These videos were used as teaching aides in classrooms at all levels and ocassionally broadcast on public television. The most popular programs among American students were those that depicted the lives of their counterparts in other countries. The Video Letter from Japan series, first produced in 1982, depicted the day-to-day lives of Japanese sixth graders and was so successful that it prompted the creation of similar projects on Korea and India. In 1987, Asia Society began filming the 12-episode series Discover India in the state of Bihar. The above photo from Jamshedpur Elementary shows students who were subjects of the series. 

Each week for "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), we'll reach into our archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. Some photos will feature important moments, some will feature important people, and others still will just be photos we love. Do you have an Asia Society photo you'd like us to consider including in this series? Please email the photo and any related details to photos@theasiablog.org (we regret that we won't be able to respond directly to each inquiry).

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Eric Fish is a Content Producer at Asia Society New York and author of the book China's Millennials: The Want Generation.