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Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. (1993).

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Recommended because it explores environmental, social, and psychological problems associated with our push for ‘progress’ and ‘development through an examination of the breakdown of Ladakh’s culture and environment (ecological balance and social harmony) because of ‘modernization’. The film is based on the Helena Norberg-Hodge (founder of ISEC) and Peter Matthiessen book of the same name.

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Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

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Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

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Asia’s Water Crisis: The Struggle within Each Drop

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Recommended because this is a documentary examining Asia’s growing water crisis through profiles of Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and the People’s Republic of China. This resource was originally reviewed by Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) at University of Illinois.

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Asian Women Workers Newsletter (Duke)

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Recommended because this is a quarterly newsletter published by Committee of Asian Women (CAW). Topics and materials included in this site are the issues, news, struggles and life experiences on Asian women workers. Start by clicking “read this first” to subscribe in order to read the full version of this newspaper. Be aware of the fact that this site has not been updated since May 21, 1999. This resource was originally recommended by Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University.

Children of the Secret State: North Korea (2003) Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) VHS- $129.95; DVD- $139.95

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Recommended because this revealing documentary contains clandestine video footage shot at great personal risk by a North Korean known as Ahn Chol and by journalists posing as tourists. Through interviews with street children, refugees, and former prisoners, this program explores the plight of youth in the last remaining Stalinist dictatorship and perhaps the most secretive state on the planet. From Pyongyang, to the China/North Korea border, to South Korea, to the infamous prison camps, the cameras expose the truth behind the wall of secrecy that hides a record of 3 million reported starvation deaths in the last decade and hundreds of thousands of children with nowhere to call home. Some content may be objectionable. A Discovery Channel Production. (46 minutes, color)
This review was originally written by Asian Educational Media Service.

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China Environment

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Recommended because of its overview of environmental issues and problems in China. The site contains links to China’s protected areas with visual images, a “Red Alert” section which targets specific environmental issues in need of immediate attention and a pollution control section, among others. Recommended for advanced middle school and high school. Be aware of the fact that the site has an English and a Chinese version, but the English pages currently do not work. Reviewed by Mary Anne Flournoy, 5/04/02.

Country Brief Asia: World Food Program (WFP)

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Recommended because WFP is the United Nations frontline agency working against global hunger. Topics and materials included in this site are brief information about hunger in Asian countries. Each country page includes overview of the country in terms of hunger, WFP activities to the country, and relevant links. Start byVideo” in “Newsroom” since it provides some WFP videos about global hunger. Be aware of the fact that you need Real Player and Media Player to view the video.

Ethnic Minority Groups in China (2003)

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Recommended because this unit challenges students to examine a notion of homogeneity of Asian countries and also offers students a chance to examine the experiences and challenges of another country’s ethnic groups. 221 pages, 5 lessons CD-ROM with images for each lesson Secondary While many outside of China believe that China is an ethnically homogeneous nation, it is actually quite diverse. Although roughly 92 percent of the Chinese population is classified as ethnically “Han,” there is great diversity even within this majority group. For instance, within the Han nationality, there are 7

Citation: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) http://spice.stanford.edu/ldml/viewpub_sp.lasso?id=20202 $49.95

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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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Greenpeace International

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its resources and work on environmental issues such as climate change, forests, oceans, nuclear energy, toxic wastes, trade and environment, and the effects of conflict.  Start by examining What we do and Multimedia  to get a sense of its resources through links to topics and to videos, webcams of Greenpeace ships and photo essays. Be aware  that Greenpeace is an advocacy organization with specific goals. Some visuals may not be appropriate for younger students. Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Human Geography: People, Places, Change (1996)

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Recommended because this program disrupts simple notions of East versus West and challenges Western accounts of globalization. It draws attention to developments in the East that have potential consequences for the West and examines the role that overseas Chinese people play in the transnational business network. Recommended for secondary schools.
Reviewed from The East Asia Program Resource Lending Library Catalog at Cornell University.

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Individual rights in international perspective: Lessons on Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Nigeria (1992)

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Recommended because of its efforts to develop curriculum materials on the significance of the U.S. Bill of Rights in the framing and exercise of government in other nations. The lesson plans presented in this book could be used in middle and high school classrooms. Topics and materials included in this book are lesson plans about four countries: Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Nigeria in terms of the political and social systems influenced by the U.S. Bill of Rights, and bibliography in each section. Start by the last three lessons in Japan section since these three lessons provide a comparison of constitutional rights in postwar Japan and the United States and two case studies of the exercise of individual rights in postwar and contemporary Japan. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/3/02.

Citation: Barbara Miller and Lynn Parisi, et al. Boulder, Colorado: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc.

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International Fund for China’s Environment

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Recommended because of its balanced approach to environmental issues. The organization is a group of Chinese and U.S. trained scholars and professionals. There are links to 3 U.S.-China NGO forums on environmental issues. Also links to Environmental Trade, China Environment, and China Conservation. Start by “China Conservation” as it provides information about ecology issues in China. Be aware of the fact that this site offers a list of links to the website sabout environmental issues. Highly recommended for high school. Reviewed by Mary Anne Flournoy, 5/04/02.

International Organization for Migration

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Recommended because the site encompasses a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. Topics about migration include assisted returns, counter-trafficking, labour migration, migration health, movements, mass information, and technical cooperation on migration, migration policy and research programme, working group on gender issues, individual portraits, and links to relevant program and project web sites. Start with Media to see photo essays an videos of stories of people and places.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Korean Enigma

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Recommended because this site attempts to provide information about various historical aspects of Korea. Topics and materials included in this site are situation of Korea, history of Korea, current Korea, data and reports about environmental issues in Korea, and photographs of Korea from Space Shuttle. Start by “Situation” since it provides information about relationship between Korea and East Asia countries. Be aware of the fact that “Korea from Space” provides views of Korea or regions in Korea from space.

Korean Women and Culture (1998)

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Recommended because this collection of articles centers on women’s issues in Korea, including aspects of myth, religion, modern poetry, language, and the Korean war.
This resource was originally reviewed by Indiana University East Asian Studies Center.

Citation: Seoul, Korea: Research Institute of Asian Women, Sookmyung Women’s University.

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Population Reference Bureau

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Recommended as a leader in providing timely and objective information on population trends (see Datafinder) and their implications as the world population exceeds 7 billion. Sections include focus areas, topics, and regions, datafinder, quickfacts, and PRB library. There are specific pages for educators and journalists,  Start with Datafinder for graphics and stats and Educators which provides lesson plans, resource guides, US in the world, etc. QuickFacts is also recommended since it provides information by topics related to population issues such as education, gender, population trends.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12

 

Rebeka Goes to China (1992)

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Recommended because this video is an interview with a girl, Rebeka, who accompanied her parents to Zhongshan University, in 1988. “A year after her return to New York, she reflects on her experiences, including learning to read, write and speak Mandarin. he describes her apprehensions about going, her difficulties adjusting, hjer daily activities at school and at home, and her tears when she had to leave China.” Highly recommended for elementary/middle school because it not only gives us glimpses of everyday Chinese life at that time but it also chronicles how one finds delight in another culture. Reviewed in the East Asia Program Resource Lending Library Catalog at Cornell University. Please check this URL — http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/eastasia/outreach/videoCatalog/catalog.pdf Available on loan throughout the U.S.

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Salsa in Japan: A Japanese Latino Mix (2003) Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) Sale: video $195, Rental: video $75

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Recommended because this remarkable documentary on multiculturalism explores the growing subculture of salsa dancing in Japan, where salsa dancing and salsa clubs serve as a source of interaction and cultural mingling between Japanese and Latino immigrants to Japan. Each group has a different way of dancing and different reasons for going to the dance clubs. In scenes at the clubs these differences are apparent. However, salsa clubs are also important and popular places for interaction between Japanese and Latinos, places where learning between the two groups and a greater cultural appreciation of one another can occur. The video examines two types of salsa clubs in Japan. One draws more Japanese and the other draws more Latinos. The key difference between the two is the purpose for going. In the clubs that draw more Japanese, there is a greater focus on dancing well — on looking good. Most of the clientele are students of salsa and some enter competitions. The clubs that draw a largely Latino crowd have more of a “party” atmosphere. Some of the clientele are great dancers, others not. Some even learn how to dance salsa in Japan, because it’s not in fact a universally “Latin” dance. The main attraction of these “parties” is the chance to get together with other Latinos, blow off steam, and have a good time. “Salsa in Japan” briefly recounts the history of salsa for those unfamiliar with the dance and examines the many connections between Latin America and Japan through interviews with people involved in the salsa world. This energetic, vibrant, and accessible video will reward viewing and stimulate discussion in any class dealing with issues of multiculturalism and immigration, and in a wide variety of courses in Japanese and Asian studies, Latin American studies, and cultural anthropology. This review was originally written by Asian Educational Media Service.

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The Future of the Countryside (2003) Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) $129.95 per video

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Recommended because Japanese farmers face a variety of problems as they face an increasingly globalized economy. This program visits a family-run rice and vegetable farm, where members subsidize their income by working at a nearby factory sponsored by the government. A timber-yard manager discusses efforts under way to protect Japan’s forests. 2003; English. Color. This review was originally written by Asian Educational Media Service.

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The Korea Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (Indiana)

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Recommended because this organization supporting the fights for the rights of a group of Korean `comfort women,’ a euphemism of sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. This website will make you think about colonialism, war, women, human rights, and so on. Topics and materials included in this site are international symposium reports on comfort women, activity news, news articles, photos, witnesses, and other related materials. Start by “History” in “War and Women’s Human Rights Center” since it provides brief history about Korean women during the second World War. Be aware of the fact that some pages are available only in Korean. Reviewed by Sung Choon Park, 5/29/02; updated by Masataka Kasai, 7/15/03. This resource was originally recommended by the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University.

Three Dynamic Economies — China from Poverty to Prosperity (1999)

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Recommended because this video examines the issues involved in China’s dual identity as a strict communist society dedicated to the advancement of capitalism. It looks at the changes and challenges of the transition from a centralized command economy to a market-based one, and from a rural, agricultural society to an urban, industrial one. Recommended for secondary as an overview of China’s economy and an examination of the nature of communism and capitalism in different settings. Reviewed in the EAP Resource Lending Library Catalog of Cornell University. Please check this URL — http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/eastasia/outreach/videoCatalog/catalog.pdf Available on loan throughout the U.S

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Through Chinese Women’s Eyes (1997)

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Recommended because “Through Chinese Women’s Eyes” offers an insightful journey into the transformations in the lives of Chinese women over the 20th century. In a fascinating overview, anthropologist/director Mayfair Yang documents the attempts to erase gender differences under Mao, today’s changing ideas of feminity, and the crystallization of Chinese feminism at the UN Women’s conference in Beijing. As propaganda films of the 1950s, news footage of the 1930s, and present day television images mingle in a rich visual history, teachers, karaoke singers, organizers and others share their lives. This sensitive portrayal of the daily experiences and historical memories of Chinese is essential to an understanding of contemporary feminisms as well as the rich tapestry of the life of Chinese women. Highly recommended for secondary and above. Reviewed in the EAP Resource Lending Library at Cornell University. Please check this URL — http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/eastasia/outreach/videoCatalog/catalog.pdf Available on loan throughout the U.S.

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UNICEF The State of the World’s Children

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Recommended because of its many resources on the world’s children, their issues and lives.  See reports on the state of the world’s children along with many other publications, information by country, and other topics.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

United States-China Business Council

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Recommended because this website provides information and statistics on Chinese trade, foreign investment, and the economy from the U.S. perspective. It also offers documents originating from various economic/business organizations and institutions on topics such as U.S.-China trade and investment, China and the world Trade Organization, and human rights and religious freedom. Recommended for high school. Excellent way for students to look at the economic interests of the U.S. in China and how those interests sometimes clash with other concerns such as human rights issues. Start by “US-China Trade” to better understand the trade relationship between the U.S. and China. Be aware of the fact that you need to be a member of this council to obtain some information from this site. This resource was originally reviewed from http://afe.easia.columbia.edu

Women in Japan: From Ancient Times to the Present (1987)

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Recommended because this work looks at women and gender roles in Japan, from female gods and empresses, to the daily life of women in contemporary Japan.
Reviewed by East Asian Studies Center of Indiana University.

Citation: Bingham, Wall & Gross, Susan. St. Louis Park, MN: Women in World Area Studies; Glenhurst Publications. $18.00.

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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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You Think!

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a very easy-to-navigate educational tool developed for teachers and student research on environmental, financial, social, political and cultural issues across the world.  There is information on MDGs, AIDS, climate change, corruption, education, energy, food & agriculture, gender, health, information & communications, international trade, natural resources, population, poverty, private sector development, sustainable development, urbanization, water & sanitation, and more. Start by checking out Issues, Multimedia and For Teachers.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.