WEEK 11 CHINA #1 Intro to East Asia Kind of unique for World Regions that he talks about because o It is a region and this region is unique because he will take the sovereign state of China and divide it into Ease and West Mostly focus on East China as the core foundational component of the East Asian Region o We are mostly going to focus on China for our East Asian Region because it is so important because China has a significantly huge place on planet Earth i.e. looking at the North American Region and mostly talking about the powerhouse of the region, the US i.e. Europe and focus on Germany and France versus the other states of the region We are dividing China into two and mostly focusing on the Eastern side of it We are also telling the story of a couple other questionable countries on Earth o Tibet and Tawain which are not sovereign states and are considered part of China proper Also going to look at some geographic states on the fringe of china that are questionable to us o North and South Korea o They actually are sovereign states But some people don’t think that they are There are a few reasons that we don’t consider Japan as part of the East Asian region o they are geographically close in proximity o but it isn’t consider a part of it as a regional definition Tibetan monks self immolated in 2011 East vs. West China Powerhouse: China o It is a powerhouse sovereign state world power now – again in the 21 st century o World’s largest economy or maybe the 2 nd largest to become the largest o Playing a big role in global conflicts like global warming o Titan of world power – has not been the case for virtually all of our lifetime and all of the history of the united states but they are back now big differences between east and west (just within the sovereign state of China) o China is almost exactly the same size as the US
Some would list the US as the third and China as the 4 th but some would reverse that Geographically and physically they are almost the same o Eastern China – lowlands depicted in green As you progress inwards you get into the yellow which means you’re going up in elevation a bit Small hilly mtns like the Appalachian mountains of the blue ridge Deep west in China you find the Tibetan Plateau – average height is about 12,000 feet (rocky mtn how) o We would have a hard time breathing Big yellow football above the Plateau which is the
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- Fall '08
- Qing Dynasty, People's Republic of China, Han Chinese, Inner Mongolia