World Regional Geography
Your posting for the week should: 1.) Be at least five full paragraphs in length; 2.) Clearly address the assigned question or topic; and 3.) Demonstrate your engagement with, and understanding of, required readings and/or films. In most weeks, you are expected to clearly demonstrate (by making specific references in your comments) that you have viewed a few of the assigned PBS Frontline World films assigned for that week.
Please read Ch. 9 (East Asia) in your textbook and then watch at least three of the following short videos from Frontline World.
For this week’s DB assignment you should discuss one of the following set of issues: 1.) Please describe in detail some of the challenges to regional stability currently facing East Asia (For example; N. Korea, Taiwan, China’s rising power, Japan’s past imperialism and potential remilitarization, etc.). What are the causes of these circumstances and what is your educated opinion about how can these issues be resolved? What role can the United States play in maintaining stability …and why would it be in America’s national interests to do so? How do you view President Obama’s approach over the last few months compared to President Bush’s policies? 2.) Why is the “Pacific Rim” of East Asia becoming increasingly significant force in the global economy? Please describe which countries have the largest economies in the region and why. What are their similarities and differences? Who are the Asian “Tigers” or “Dragons” and why were their economies so successful? Which county has the absolute worst economy in East Asia and why? Here are the links:
Japan and China: The Unforgotten War http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2006/04/japan_and_china.html