Introduction to asian studies

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This is the intro to my Asian Studies course taught to High School juniors and seniors.

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Introduction to asian studies

  1. 1. Introduction to Asian Studies Mr. Reed
  2. 2. Watch carefully
  3. 3. Hanoi Traffic <ul><li>Type I: In five lines minimum describe what you saw in this short but informative video. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Value Differences East and West
  5. 5. Potential Answers <ul><li>Chaos </li></ul><ul><li>Lawlessness </li></ul><ul><li>Noisy </li></ul><ul><li>Dangerous </li></ul><ul><li>Fluid </li></ul><ul><li>Where are the lights? </li></ul><ul><li>How come no one gets hurt? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Traffic as metaphor <ul><li>There are a few cultural differences between Asia and the West. We are seriously generalizing here but I think it does what I want it to do. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why Asia? <ul><li>World Class Education </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think of this presentation? Do you agree with it or disagree with it? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Type I: <ul><li>Why should we study Asia in AHS? </li></ul><ul><li>(This doesn’t mean “Why do you want to study Asia?”) </li></ul><ul><li>5 Lines minimum </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why? So you don’t end up like this…
  10. 10. Why Asia? <ul><li>Economic Reasons </li></ul><ul><li>China and India are becoming more important </li></ul><ul><li>US Population: 300 million </li></ul><ul><li>China’s pop: 1,300,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>1/5 th of world’s population is Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>1/3 rd of pop. is either Chinese or Indian </li></ul>
  11. 11. Economic Influences <ul><li>China, India, Japan, Taiwan all play a part in our future. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing of jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-National Corporations </li></ul>
  12. 12. Up and Coming Nations <ul><li>Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore are up and coming. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Potential Problems <ul><li>Afghanistan and the Taliban Rebels </li></ul><ul><li>North Korea and nuclear arms </li></ul><ul><li>Pakistan and India: Kashmir </li></ul><ul><li>Myanmar (Burma) and the dictatorship </li></ul><ul><li>Indonesia and the rise of international terrorism </li></ul><ul><li>China and India as economic powerhouses </li></ul><ul><li>China and Taiwan’s future </li></ul><ul><li>Tibet </li></ul>
  14. 14. Just plain interesting stuff <ul><li>Cambodia’s War Crimes tribunal (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Japan’s culture in general </li></ul><ul><li>The future of China’s communist government. </li></ul><ul><li>Burma in general </li></ul><ul><li>The politics of the world </li></ul><ul><li>World Religions </li></ul>
  15. 15. Hanoi Traffic <ul><li>We study Asia to understand their traffic. </li></ul><ul><li>If we only think of things from our point of view we are going to be in trouble. </li></ul><ul><li>Asian traffic makes total sense to Asians! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Type I <ul><li>Why do you want to study Asia? </li></ul><ul><li>This is from a personal level. Why did you sign up for this course? </li></ul><ul><li>Five lines minimum </li></ul>

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