Disc Q 1 F'07

Disc Q 1 F'07 - the government has proposed 5 What are the...

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EALC 350g Birge Chinese Civilization Questions for Discussion 1 Week 1 Geography: 1. What is loess? What is its significance for Chinese agriculture, and where do you find it? 2. Why can floods on the Yellow river be so bad that the Yellow River is sometimes called "China's Sorrow"? What is the significance of this flooding for Chinese government and society? 3. How does agriculture differ in North vs. South China? How is the climate different? 4. What are some causes of floods on the Yangtze River in recent years, and what is a solution
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Unformatted text preview: the government has proposed? 5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze? Language: 1. What are the advantages of characters for representing Chinese, as opposed to a phonetic alphabet like we use in western languages? 2. How do you explain differences in spelling between "Daoism" and "Taoism," "Chuang Tzu" and "Zhuangzi," etc.? 3. What are the two basic elements in most Chinese characters?...
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