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introducing the spring 2018 issue of education about asia, “asian politics”

below is the editor’s message from the newest issue of education about asia, the open-access teaching journal of the association for asian studies. for complete online access to this issue, as well as over 1,500 articles from 22 years of education about asia, please visit the eaa website.by lucien ellington, education about asia editori hope readers are enjoying the spring. the intent to make a more effective special section through utilizing a “political economy” approach should be evident in the topical breadth of the issue and, hopefully, a “real world” approach to understanding the influences of demography, geopolitics, national security, technology, economic development, religion, and ethnicity upon governments and politics.the special section, “asian politics,” begins with tony tai-ting liu’s “the rise of china and its geopolitical implications” that should serve as a basic introduction for educators and students to a number of issu ...

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best of the eaa archives: articles from the winter 2017 issue

the “best of eaa articles” are a series of posts that include outstanding articles, essays, interviews, and reviews that are among the over 1,500 archived open access materials available on the education about asia website. the winter 2017 issue with the special section “demographics, social policy, and asia (part i)” has been sent to subscribers and is now available online. three examples of articles and essays from the special section appear below. • chris hudson’s “singapore: immigration and changing public policies” is an overview of how one of the world’s most successful nations is coping with a low birth rate and recent social tensions that involve longtime residents and newcomers. • lisa jane de gara in the essay “asia’s missing millions: how policy and social pressure made millions of women disappear” provides a useful introductory overview of government policies, cultural attitudes, and the highly problematic gender gap t ...

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best of the eaa archives: using literature in the classroom edition

the “best of eaa articles” are a series of posts that include outstanding articles, essays, interviews, and reviews that are among the over 1,500 archived open access materials available on the education about asia website. titles, short annotations, and links are below. throughout the years, a number of superb literature articles, essays, and interviews have been published in eaa. this is the first installment of several we plan to post in the coming weeks. • “history as literature, literature as history, lost names: scenes from a korean boyhood — an eaa interview with richard kim” (fall 1999): richard kim describes his novel about a young boy in japanese-occupied korea: “…all the characters and events in the book are real but everything else is fiction.” middle school, high school, and undergraduate instructors have all assigned this superb work. • “her: an indonesian short story” by titis basino, translated by florence lamoureux (sp ...

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the road to sleeping dragon: learning china from the ground up – a q&a with author michael meyer

michael meyer’s 2008 debut book, the last days of old beijing: life in the vanishing backstreets of a city transformed, recounted his time spent living in the crowded hutong alleyways of china’s capital during the run-up to that year’s olympics. in 2015, he published in manchuria: a village called wasteland and the transformation of rural china, which picked up meyer’s story as he moved to his wife’s hometown in the countryside and immersed himself in the history of the country’s northeast region. in a new book, the road to sleeping dragon: learning china from the ground up, meyer circles back to his first days in china, when he arrived in 1995 as a 23-year-old peace corps volunteer who couldn’t use chopsticks, spoke no chinese, and “knew little about the country beyond the great wall, pandas, one billion people, fortune cookies, and the indelible image of a man standing in front of a tank.” the road to sleeping dragon follows meyer as he finds his footi ...

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best of the eaa archives: maritime history edition

maritime history is a field of study that often is not integrated into high school or beginning undergraduate survey courses. the articles and essay below, from our fall 2014 special section “maritime asia,” provide readers with a variety of choices that are applicable to world history, geography, and anthropology courses. the “best of eaa articles” are a series of posts that include outstanding articles, essays, interviews, and reviews that are among the over 1,500 archived open-access materials available on the education about asia website. titles, short annotations, and links are below. • “when the world came to southeast asia: malacca and the global economy” historian and southeast asia specialist michael vann uses a once-great port city in assisting readers to understand that southeast asia has played an important role for a long time in the global economy. • “maritime southeast asia: not just a crossroads” historian and anthropologist jennife ...

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december 2017 aas member news & notes

congratulations to former aas president theodore bestor, reischauer institute professor of social anthropology and director of the edwin o. reischauer institute of japanese studies at harvard university, who was recently awarded the order of the rising sun, gold rays with neck ribbon, by the japanese government. bestor received the commendation for his “extensive contributions to the study of japan and to the promotion of scholarly and educational exchange between japan and the united states of america throughout his career.” in a note of thanks to his colleagues, bestor writes: i have to remind friends (and myself) that whatever i have done—researched, taught, written about japan as an anthropologist—has only been possible because of the kindness and patience of countless japanese who have been willing to talk with an inquisitive stranger and to allow me to learn about their lives and communities (not to mention their food)!  i am grateful to the japanese government for thi ...

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best of the eaa archives: november 28, 2017 edition

the “best of eaa articles” are a series of posts that include outstanding articles, essays, interviews, and reviews that are among the over 1,500 archived open access materials available on the education about asia website. titles, short annotations, and links are below. • “asia pacific foundation of canada: digital teaching resources”(fall 2017) high school and undergraduate survey-level instructors who access the fall 2017 eaa online supplements will find two excellent educational modules (china’s one-child policy, the rise and fall of the khmer rouge regime) and learn about a prominent not-for-profit organization that focuses upon canada’s relations with asia. • “more than a meal: school lunch in japan” (spring 2017) alexis sanborn in this engaging article lucidly depicts how japanese schools use school lunches as highly effective pedagogical tools. • “who did what in a chinese lady’s autobiography? a text and lesson plan on ...

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best of the eaa archives: november 10, 2017 edition

the “best of eaa articles” are a series of posts that include outstanding articles, essays, interviews, and reviews that are among the over 1,500 archived open access materials available on the education about asia website. the following articles are a sample of what appears in our latest fall 2017 issue (vol. 22, no. 2) with the special section “water and asia.” titles, short annotations, and links are below. • in “china’s water challenges: national and global implications,” david pietz offers compelling examples of the potential worldwide effects of china’s water crisis. • judith shapiro’s amply illustrated “china: harnessing the waters” provides historical context for china’s current water situation and chronicles the activities of individuals and organized groups to improve water quality in china. • robert ivermee does a nice job in “the hooghly river: a sacred and secular waterway” of combining the met ...

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best of the eaa archives: october 27, 2017 edition

this post includes articles on chinese and japanese history, traditional korean culture, indian food, and everyday shinto. titles, short annotations, and links are below. the fall 2017 eaa featuring the special section “water and asia” is now published and online. read lucien ellington’s “editor’s message” from the issue in this #asianow post. next week’s post will highlight several tasty nuggets from the issue but if you can’t wait, visit our eaa archives now. • we’ve published a number of nifty simulations in eaa but here is one of our better offerings: “contesting twentieth-century china: a simulation” by joseph w. esherick and jeremy murray (fall 2010). • many education articles that include the term “critical thinking” feature fluff instead of substance. this is not the case with ethan segal’s fine essay "can samurai teach critical thinking? primary sources in the classroom." (winter 2010). • many p ...

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introducing the fall 2017 issue of education about asia, “water and asia”

below is the editor’s message from the newest issue of education about asia, the open-access teaching journal of the association for asian studies. for complete online access to this issue, as well as over 1,500 articles from 22 years of education about asia, please visit the eaa website. by lucien ellington, education about asia editor we hope readers had an enjoyable summer. this issue of eaa includes the special section “water and asia.” scholars who have published extensively on china environmental issues provide in the first two articles, comprehensive overviews of china’s water problems that complement each other and should be quite useful for the classroom. in “china’s water challenges: national and global implications,” david pietz offers compelling examples of the potential worldwide effects of china’s water crisis. judith shapiro’s amply illustrated “china: harnessing the waters” provides historical context for china’s current ...

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