Chapter 2: Asia
Overview: Asia begins with a general overview of Eastern religions and the region’s peoples. Students will study Japan, Korea, and China in East Asia, as well as India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in South Asia. The chapter looks at what unites and what divides these countries. The chapter also tackles Asia’s environmental and social challenges and researches the region’s impact on US security and its economy.
- Know the geographic locations of Japan, Korea, China, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
- Know the major religions of Asia.
- Know the main ethnic groups of Asia.
- Know the history of the unitary government and the rule of warlords in China.
- Know what caused the shift from isolation to openness in Japan.
- Know the impact of domination and division on Korea.
- Know the political and economic impact of World War II on China and Japan.
- Know that Japan, South Korea, and China have become economic powerhouses.
- Know the pre-colonial history of the Mughals in the Indian sub-continent.
- Know the encounter with Europe and the colonial period in the region.
- Know the history of the struggle for independence in South Asia.
- Know what caused the partition and war between India and Pakistan.
- Know how Muslim-Hindu strife affects the politics and economics of South Asia.
- Know which groups have struggled for control in Afghanistan and why.
- Know the impacts of industrialization and pollution in China and India.
- Know the interactions between the rich, urban, and the poor rural areas in Asia.
- Know the role of women in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
- Know China’s one-child policy.
- Comprehend the challenges of human trafficking and sex tourism in Asia.
- Comprehend the dilemma that North Korea creates for the US.
- Know the important issues of nuclear nonproliferation in India and Pakistan.
- Comprehend the impacts of global wages, labor, outsourcing, and offshoring in the US.
- Know why Asia represents a new target market for US corporations .
- Know the effects of Asian imports on the US market and economy.
- Comprehend the human rights issues in various Asian nations.