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A is for Asia (1997)

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Recommended because this book introduces Asian products, cultures, and festivals in an alphabetical order. This book would be good for low elementary school students. Topics and materials included in this book are a brief description or explanation on the introduced products, cultures, and festivals, and their names in original languages.

Citation: Chin-lee, C. New York: Orchard Books ($5.95)

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Access Asia: Primary Teaching and Learning Units

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Recommended because this resource is a collection of units of work developed in the classroom, offering something for each level of the primary school and almost all learning areas. It provides practical starting points for teachers to introduce studies of Asia or to incorporate Asian content into the primary curriculum. Ancient folk tales, Chinese New Year, animals of Asia, daily life in Japan, and Korean folk games are among the topics designed for easy integration into the curriculum. Activities are accompanied by explanations for the teacher, specified outcomes, assessment suggestions and student worksheets.
Reviewed by Access Asia.

Citation: Access Asia ($34.95)

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Asia Observer

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because named by Asiaweek as the best general news source about Asia, Asia Observer has broad regional coverage of the news from a number of regional and international news sources. It has a topical index of links as well as country indices. According to Asiaweek, “Asia Observer is ugly and has no streaming video. Yet this solo effort by journalist John Einar Sandvand achieves its goal of being a good start page for current-events junkies. The online versions of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP.com) and Singapore’s Mediacorp (channelnewsasia.com) have more depth. Asia Observer’s strength is it offers a broad regional overview.”Start bySuggested Articles” since it provides links to top stories of today from different media. Be aware of the fact that “Asia Links” offers a business-oriented web directory. Reviewed by Mary Anne Flournoy, 5/13/02.

Asia Society (California)

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Recommended because this makes an efforts to foster under-standing of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific. Topics and materials included in this site are art exhibitions and performances, films, lectures, seminars and conferences, publications and assistance to the media, and materials and programs for students and teachers. Start by “The Collection in Context” since it provides the Asia Society’s collection of nearly three hundred works of art in their historical and cultural context. Be aware of the fact that “Activities for Students” provides a list of links to the websites offering various learning activities.
This resource was originally recommended by the Institute of East Asian Studies at University of California Berkeley.

Asia Source

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Recommended because this is an online resource developed by the Asia Society to meet the need for timely, reliable, unbiased information and assistance regarding the cultural, economic, social, historical, and political dimensions of Asia. With a worldwide events calendar, a glossary of terms, annotated links and opinion pieces, news services, country profiles, special features, and much more. Reviewed by East Asia WWW Virtual Library. Start byAsia Profiles” since it provides maps and statistics for individual East Asian countries. Be aware of the fact that “Resources” in this site offer basic information about Asia such as Asian Holidays, Chronologies, Country Comparison, Embassies, Government Directory, and Regional News.

Asia via Web Radio / TV (California)

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Recommended because this makes efforts to present links to various Asian media stations available on-line. This site would be good for language teachers attempting to expose their students to target Asian languages. Topics and materials included in this site are a list of web links to radio / TV stations in Asian countries including India, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Singapore, Burma, Japan, Taiwan, Cambodia, Korea, Tibet, China, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Be aware of the fact that links to Real Networks website and Quicktime viewer are provided so that you can download softwares necessary to listen to web radio broadcasts or to watch web television broadcasts without charge.
This resource was originally recommended by the Institute of East Asian Studies at University of California Berkeley.

Asian Film Connections (Texas)

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Recommended because Recommended as this site attempts to give exposure to Asian films, encourage joint ventures, and provide new educational resources. Topics and materials included in this site are a list of all films made in China, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, including basic information such as synopses, filmmakers, cast, length, format, and availability of prints, eight to fifteen highlighted films and directors from each country, with detailed information and video clips, a list of all internationally awarded films of each country from 1988 on Reviews, essays, interviews and filmographies, plus reprints from Asia’s leading film journals, such as Cinemaya, press kits and contact information, and links to other relevant websites.
This resource was originally recommended by the Asian Studies Network Information Center at University of Texas.

Asian Studies – Syllabus and Bibliography Collection Online (Stanford)

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Recommended because the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) Syllabus and Bibliography Collection Online was created to make the materials immediately available to faculty and scholars throughout the world, and in so doing, attract submissions for possible additions to the database from an international audience of persons already teaching Asian studies programs who want to share their syllabi, lesson plans, etc. The Collection is unique, and now includes items in virtually all humanities, social science, and business fields. Start by any topic that you need to teach.
This review was written by the Center for East Asian Studies of Stanford University.

AsianNet (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides opportunities to share ideas and resources to teach about Asia. This site would be good for K-12 teachers interested in teaching about Asian countries. Topics and materials included in this site are discussion group, noticeboard, website directory, and Asia EdNet Tutorial. Start by any country to obtain information about products that the country manufactured. Be aware of the fact that information is also organized by themes such as agriculture, business and economics, and chemicals. This resource was originally recommended by the Asian Studies Network Information Center at University of Texas.

Ask Asia (Texas)

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Recommended because of its effort to strengthen mutual understanding between the United States and Asia in support of positive engagement between their societies and peoples. This would be the first website for K-12 teachers to search for teaching materials about Asia. Topics and materials included in this site are teaching resources, activities & exchange, school network, collection of rare books from the National Library Library of China, special focus on Korea, resource library, and information about international education in the schools. Start by “Instructional Resources” in “Teachers” since it provides reference material such as lesson plans, readings, maps, photographs, drawings, timelines, resources sorted by region / country, and resources sorted by learning standards.
This resource was written by the Outreach Asia at University Texas at Austin Be aware of the fact that “Instructional Resource” provides overviews of resources in this site.

Contemporary Literature of Asia (1996)

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Recommended because this book serves as an excellent introduction to recent writing from Asian countries. Topics and materials included in this book are a collection of short stories, poems, and plays that represent the very best writing of the past thirty years from Pakistan in the west to Japan and Indonesia in the east. Start by “East Asia” since it provides a collection of short stories, poems, and plays in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

Citation: Biddle, Arthur., Bien, Gloria., & Dharwadker, Vinay. (Eds.). Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall. $38.61.

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East Asia: A New History (2001)

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Recommended because a general history of the region. Utilized in the Columbia University East Asia telecourse as a basic text.
Reviewed by Mary Anne Flournoy 5/10/02.

Citation: Murphey, Rhoads. New York: Longmans ($58.33)

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East Asia: From Chinese Predominance to the Rise of the Pacific Rim (1993)

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Recommended because this book presents history of civilizations in East Asia. Topics and materials included in this book are the three historical parts: (1) Chinese predominance, (2) a new balance of power, and (3) the rise of the Pacific Rim. The first chapter illustrates how the classical Chine (1650-206 B.C.) and the early Chinese Empire (206 B.C. – A.D. 1368) affected other Asian countries including Korea, Japan, and South – East Asia. The second chapter discusses the relationship between the late Chinese empire (1368 – 1912) and other Asian countries. The last chapter examines the impacts of modern times on East Asian countries. Start by the first two chapters since they explicitly illustrate how China significantly affected other Asian countries in a historical perspective.

Citation: Cotterell, Arthur. London : John Murray. $14.95.

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East Asia: Tradition and Transformation (1989)

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Recommended because of general textbook on East Asian history recommended for secondary by Indiana University East Asian Studies Center ($40.00)

Citation: Fairbank, John., Reischauer, Edwin., & Craig, Albert. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.($40.00)

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Education About Asia (Indiana)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is an excellent publication for K-12 teachers to look for articles on integrating Asian content in various curricular areas. Topics and materials included in this site are Asian facts, sample articles, and resource links. Start bySample Articles” since it provides full text of articles in Education About Asia magazines. Be aware of the fact that there are some sample articles available for free in this site and you need to subscribe it if you want to read others.
This resource was originally recommended by the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University.

Education: Freer and Sackler Gallary (National Museum of Asian Art/Smithsonian Institute)

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Recommended because of a wide variety of programs designed to foster better understanding of Asian art and culture. Topics and materials included in this site are teacher resources, program information, and relevant articles. Start by “Online Guides for Teachers” since it provides a list of links to teaching materials. Be aware of the fact that materials such as ready-to-use slides, lesson plans, and activities for teaching Asian art and culture to students of all ages can be ordered here.

Encountering the Chinese: A Guide for Americans (2nd Ed.)

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Recommended because Encountering the Chinese is an insightful book with the practical cross-cultural analysis of Chinese culture. The books intention is to decrease anxiety and make things easier for Americans interacting with Chinese. It is neatly structured, and the language is kept as simple as possible with a friendly tone. The authors provide a practical and sensitive cross-cultural analysis of Chinese culture along with insights into how best to communicate and interact with Chinese people. As the economic and diplomatic climate in China has changed, the frequency of contact between Chinese and Americans has increased in all areas: business, academic, scientific, professional, personal and cultural, making this book even more valuable. Relying on Hus innate knowledge of Chinese culture and Groves American perspective including his substantial experience in China, this informative and practical handbook for cross-cultural interaction will enable Westerners and Chinese to establish more productive and rewarding relationships both inside and outside the PRC.

Citation: Hu, Wenzhong and Grove, Cornelius L. (1999). Intercultural Press. $21.95.

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Ethnicity in Asia (2003)

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Recommended because this book attempts to report general information and insights into issues relating to ethnicity in East and Southeast Asia. Topics and materials included in this book are a collection of articles on ethnicity and relating issues in various Asian countries such as China, Japan, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Start by Introduction as this chapter discusses general information about ethnicity in the world, human rights, and definitions of some terms such as indegenous people or minority. Be aware of the fact that each chapter includes a list of recommended books for further reading.

Citation: Mackerras, Colin. (Ed.). New York: Routledge Curzon.

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Exploring North-East Asia: China, Japan, Korea

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Recommended because Exploring North-East Asia: China, Japan, Korea looks at cultural, historical and environmental aspects of China, Japan and Korea. The book provides students with fact files about China, Japan, Korea and Australia, and invites comparisons between the countries for better understanding. There are chapters about ancient China, feudal Japan and the main religious beliefs of people in China, Japan and Korea. Students also learn about the issues of water quality and usage in modern Korea and about the extinct and endangered species of the region. This book will help to develop students` understanding of the history, geography, cultures and beliefs of China, Japan and Korea.
Reviewed by Access Asia.

Citation: Allen, Anna-Louise., & Holt, John. Access Asia ($27.20)

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Film Asia: New Perspectives on film for English (2003)

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Recommended because Film Asia contains stimulating background information and classroom activities for 15 films selected for use in the Secondary English classroom. This book also offers new entry points to the Studies of Asia curriculum. Combining critical perspectives with teaching and learning ideas, Film Asia supports teachers who wish to embed links to Asia in creative and curriculum-relevant practice. Reviewed by Access Asia.

Citation: Kwok, Juanita., & McKnight, Lucinda. Access Asia ($34.95)

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Great Tales in Asian Art, Kultur International Films (1995)

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Recommended because filmed on location, four beloved stories of India, Indonesia, Korean and Japan are told through the masterpieces of visual art and the stirring performances tehese tales have inspired for centuries. “The Ramayana,” the epic adventures of India’s legendary hero, are illustrated with Indian paintings, Indonesian sculpture, Javanese shadow play and dramatic reenactments. In the “Korean Masked Dance Drama,” told by actors wearing audaciously conceived masks, social satire is “masked” by bold humor and comic dance. “Gita Govinda,” Indonesia’s great erotic poem, is interpreted by a danger and celebrated in lyrical painted images. Finally, “The Tale of Genji” is told by a Japanese woman in period costume, as colorful paintings from scrolls and screens illustrate Japan’s most famous romantic novel. (Running time: 82 min.)
Reviewed by East Asia Resource Center University of Washington.

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Internet East Asian History Sourcebook (Kansas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its vast collection of teaching materials on East Asian topics (especially China, Japan and Korea) in a historical perspective that this site covers. Although this site is aimed at a college, it would be good for K-12 history teachers to find teaching materials. Topics and materials included in this site are collection of sources from cultural origins to China, Japan, and Korea since WWII, other East Asian countries, East Asia: Gender and Sexualities, and maps. Start by any topic provided in a “Contents” section based on teaching topics or students’ interests. Be aware of the fact that these sources are organized in a chronological order and other sources based on eras such as ancient, medieval, and modern, and based on regions such as Africa, and global, and based on topics such as Islamic, Gay and Lesbian, and science are also available in this original site.
This resource was originally recommended by the center for East Asian Studies at University of Kansas.

Japanese Cultural Encounters and How to Handle Them.

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Recommended because this book attempts to present Japanese unique culture or customs that people coming to Japan usually encounter. This book would be good for junior high and high school students. Topics and materials included in this book are 56 situations, each characterized by a conflict or misunderstanding, which are introduced by dividing them into four topics: human relations at work and leisure, etiquette, formalities, and customs, Japanese expressions, and handy trivia. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/1/02

Citation: Kataoka, Hiroko C., & Kusumoto, Tetsuya. (1991). Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Publishing Group. $9.95.

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Jurist – World Law (Pittsburgh)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its attempt to provide laws around the world. This site is edited by a team of Net-literate law professors from law schools across the United States and around the world. Topics and materials included in this site are information about laws around the world including Asian countries. Start by any country that you would like to introduce since each country page offers information about its constitution, government, and legislation.
This resource was originally recommended by the Asian Studies Program at University of Pittsburgh.

Made in China – Ideas and Inventions from Ancient China (1996)

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Recommended because the book explores ancient China’s scientific discoveries and technology in this lively account of people, ideas, and social change from 1600 B.C. to the present. If students have any stereotypes of Chinese as backward, this will break them. Recommended for middle school/high school.
Reviewed from Chinese Tapes on-line catalog ($19.95).

Citation: Williams, Suzanne. Berkeley, CA: Pacific View Press. ($19.95)

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Physical Geography of the Continents: Asia (1991) National Geographic Society Educational Video Presentations

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Recommended because after viewing this film and discussing the contents of the accompanying teacher’s guide, students should should be able to locate Asia, the border between Europe and Asia, the Arctic Circle, and the Equator; name and locate the oceans and continents that border Asia; identify and describe the major physical regions of Asia; and discuss where most people in Asia live and why. (Running time: 25 min.)
Reviewed by East Asia Resource Center University of Washington.

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Preschool in Three Cultures – Japan, China, U.S.A (1989) Tobin, Wu & Davidson Fourth Wave Productions. 58 min (for 9 – 16+).

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Recommended because this is a super film for teachers. The video shows a typical day in a preschool in all three countries. The materials compare the preschool education practices and philosophies in each country. Contents include a discussion of the issues of freedom, conformity, creativity, and discipline. The footage was shot for research purpose and is not of broadcast quality. Reviewed by Asian Studies Program University of Pittsburgh.

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The Conflict in the Middle East: Analyzing the Present, Prospects for the Future (2001)

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Recommended because of its compendium of publications on conflicts of the Middle East. Topics and materials include over eighty “For the Record” Summaries, Information Briefs, and Policy Briefs. Subjects include the Peace Process, US objectives in the Middle East, water issues, Israeli torture, democracy, religious dissonance, home demolitions, settlements, Palestinian Refugees, Israeli occupation, Arab-Israeli talks, and much more. Available for purchase from The Palestine Center. Go to their web site at www.palestinecenter.org/. This publication is also available for loan to central Ohio teachers through the OSU Middle East Studies Center. (See OSU under Overview-Centers for more information.) Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 4/28/02.

Citation: Wahington DC: The Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine. 229 pages. $24.95. (OSU)

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The Genesis of East Asia, 221 B.C. – A.D. 907 (2001)

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Recommended because of its efforts to present the historical interdependency of regional countries in East Asia between the past and the future. Topics and materials included in this book are (1) China Plural, (2) conceiving East Asia, (3) global connections, (4) “Barbarization” of Northern China, (5) before Vietnam, (6) the birth of Korea, and (7) Japan. Start by “Beyond East Asia: Global Connections” since this chapter describes of global connections of East Asian countries through foreign trade and Buddhist.

Citation: Holcombe, Charles. Honolulu : Association for Asian Studies and University of Hawai’i Press. $24.95.

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The Pacific Century. The Annenberg / CPB Collection

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Recommended because this global approach looks at how exploration and economic expansion of the region mutually transformed East and West. Contemporary and archival films and photographs add drama to the unforeseen rise of the Pacific Basin as an epicenter of global commerce. The Pacific Century is ideal for Asian studies or related area studies and for educators who want to combine history with contemporary economics and politics.

1: THE TWO COASTS OF CHINA: ASIA AND THE CHALLENGE OF THE WEST VHS 1992 60 min. English Secondary / post-secondary Includes teacher’s guide This introductory program treats the collision of East and West in the early nineteenth century. Aggressive Westem traders and colonizers, supported by powerful gunboats and new technology, sought to “open” Asia, challenging the viability of ancient Asian – Pacific regimes.

2: THE MEIJI REVOLUTION VHS 1992 60 min English Secondary / post – secondary Includes teacher’s guide Japan became the first industrially and technically underdeveloped nation to modernize itself and become a great power. In contrast, China, beset by internal division, external challenges, and corrupt rulers, was unable to change quickly and thus declined in power and influence.

3: FROM THE BARREL OF A GUN VHS 1992 60 min English Secondary / post-secondary Includes teacher’s guide The lives of Vietnamese revolutionary Ho Chi Minh and the Indonesian leader Sukarno reflect the nationalist movements in those former colonies of Western powers.

4: WRITERS AND REVOLUTIONARIES VHS 1992 60 min English Secondary / post-secondary Includes teacher’s guide Chinese writer Lu Xun and Japanese right-wing philosopher Kita Ikki are profiled as intellectuals who sought to resolve the conflict between the national character and international standing of their homelands.

5: REINVENTING JAPAN VHS 1992 60 min English Secondary / post-secondary Includes teacher’s guide This program examines the utter transformation of the Pacific Basin region in the wake of World War II. The expanding — and often contentious — American and Japanese relationship included the ambiguous roles of conqueror and conquered.

6: INSIDE JAPAN, INC. VHS 1992 60 min English Secondary / post-secondary Includes teacher’s guide The political, historical, and cultural underpinnings of Japan’s post-war economic miracle are considered, both in the wealth it brought to the Pacific Basin and in its creation of a new Asian model of capitalism.

7: BIG BUSINESS AND THE GHOST OF CONFUCIUS VHS 1992 60 min English Secondary / post-secondary Includes teacher’s guide Asia’s newly industrialized countries — Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore — are moving quickly to the forefront of the world economy. Their rapid economic development raises fundamental questions about how Asian – Pacific societies have entered the modern world, the role of the state in economic growth, and the way rulers and ruled alike have invoked traditional values in their efforts to “catch up.”

8: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY VHS 1992 60 min English Secondary / post-secondary Includes teacher’s guide The rising level of expectations among Asian peoples for greater political freedom and self-determination is explored. In the Republic of Korea, rapid economic growth has fostered democratic aspirations. The gap between economic development and political freedoms has fostered popular challenges to autocratic power.

9: SENTIMENTAL IMPERIALISTS: AMERICA IN ASIA VHS 1992 60 min English Secondary / post-secondary Includes teacher’s guide Using the case studies of American involvement with China and the Philippines, this program examines American attitudes toward Asia from 1776 to the present. The merchants, missionaries, and Marines — however well intentioned — often saw in Asia and Asians what they wanted to see, rather than the realities of those cultures and peoples.

10: THE PACIFIC CENTURY: THE FUTURE OF THE PACIFIC BASIN VHS 1992 60 min English Secondary / post-secondary Includes teacher’s guide This final episode looks at the difficult social problems — pollution, population growth, trade friction, immigration — shared by the entire region. In the context of the growing economic and ecological interdependence of the Asian – Pacific nations, it examines emerging international conflicts as well as possible solutions.
Reviewed by East Asia Program (EAP) Resource Lending Library University of Cornell.

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Today in Asian History

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of a growing resource providing information about events and trends from the past, with an eye on their enduring legacy. Includes links to related websites. It is indexed by calendar month. You click on a day in a month and receive a summary of events in Asian history from that date. Recommended for high school or middle school. Start by making students explore their birth days to learn what happened in Asia at that time. Be aware of the fact that this site offers a link to Educational Resources on Asia at UCLA Center for East Asian Studies at the bottom. This resource was originally reviewed by the UCLA East Asia Center Resources index.

Women’s Working Lives in East Asia (2002)

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Recommended because this book examines the nature of married womens participation in the economies of three East Asian countries: Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. In addition to asking what is similar or different about women`s economic participation in this region of the world compared to Western societies, the book also asks how women`s work patterns vary across the three countries. The essays focus on key theoretical questions for the study of women`s labor and, more broadly, economic gender inequality. The essays also balance comparative assessments in a broad East Asian context with detailed investigations of one or more questions in the context of a specific country. SUP, 400pp. This review was originally written by Cheng & Tsui Company.

Citation: Brinton, Mary. Cheng & Tsui Company $24.95

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