Summary and Reflection on Asia-The summaries and reflections on the topics that we will discuss throughout the semester are designed to insure that you have reviewed the PowerPoint presentations carefully and thought about the important points and critical issues.
Summary and Reflection on Asia-The summaries and reflections
The summaries and reflections on the topics that we will discuss throughout the semester are designed to insure that you have reviewed the PowerPoint presentations carefully and thought about the important points and critical issues.
All of the summaries and reflections will have the same format and include two sections: Part 1 – a simple list of important points and critical issues that we have covered in each of the subject or geographic areas, much like the table of contents of a book, an outline of a book chapter, or a list of key statements from each of the sections covered in one or more PowerPoint slides of each presentation, and Part 2 – your reflection or comments on each topic, or one or more selected elements of each topic.
The first part clearly represents a brief overview of each topic. The second part is design ed to show that you have seriously thought about some of the important points and critical issues and to demonstrate your thoughtful reactions or creative ideas.
Asia is Earth’s largest and most populous continent.
Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometres (17,212,000 sq mi), about 30% of Earth’s total land area and 8.7% of the Earth’s total surface area. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations.
Asia is notable for not only its overall large size and population, but also dense and large settlements, as well as vast barely populated regions. Its 4.5 billion people (as of June 2019) constitute roughly 60% of the world’s population.
China and India alternated in being the largest economies in the world from 1 to 1800 CE. China was a major economic power and attracted many to the east, and for many the legendary wealth and prosperity of the ancient culture of India personified Asia, attracting European commerce, exploration and colonialism.
The accidental discovery of a trans-Atlantic route from Europe to America by Columbus while in search for a route to India demonstrates this deep fascination. The Silk Road became the main east–west trading route in the Asian hinterlands while the Straits of Malacca stood as a major sea route. Asia has exhibited economic dynamism (particularly East Asia) as well as robust population growth during the 20th century, but overall population growth has since fallen.
Today, Asia is a continent that has by far the largest GDP in the world. It has many of the fastest growing national economies. Its economic growth, technological advances, and the increases of political influence and military capabilities have attracted enormous attention and stirred up many concerns and debates in recent years.
Summary and Reflection on Asia
Asia was the birthplace of most of the world’s mainstream religions, including Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, as well as many other religions.
Given its size and diversity, the concept of Asia—a name dating back to classical antiquity—may actually have more to do with human geography than physical geography.
Asia varies greatly across and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems. It also has a mix of many different climates ranging from the equatorial south via the hot desert in the Middle East, temperate areas in the east and the continental center to vast subarctic and polar areas in Siberia.
For your commentary or reflection on Asia, please focus on the implications of the rise of Asia, the regional cooperation and competitions/disputes/conflicts, and the historical legacies of foreign conquests to American foreign policy, the regional stability, the new world order, and global peace.
Part 1 (simple list of important points and critical issues) should be about one-page long. Part 2 (your commentary or reflection) should be about two pages (definitely not less than one full page or more than three pages (double space and 12 point size).
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