Asian Studies
May 28

In class:
• Work on Indonesia rainforest projects
• Steps you can take:

- tiger manifesto
- learn more about companies' use of palm oil

Congratulations, seniors!

May 26

In class:
• Southeast Asia geography quiz (cornerstone)
• How China's censorship affects Hollywood
• Learn about deforestation in Indonesia - link 1 and link 2
• Create an annotated map of Indonesia using these links:

- map link1 or link 2 or link 3
- Google map - deforestation

- article link 1
- article link 2
- article link 3
- article link 4
- article link 5

Homework for 5/28:
• Continue to look for information about the effects of Indonesia's deforestation. You can add to your posters in the first part of class on Thursday.

May 21

In class:
• Finish film, The Lady and discuss
• Other issues in Southeast Asia

- Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia - link

- China's territorial aggression in Southeast Asia - link
- Video from US surveillance plane - link

Homework for 5/26:
• Study for a map quiz over Southeast Asia using your map homework to study along with these online games:
- Link to map game countries and map game cities

May 19

In class:
• Update on Kim Jong-un -

• Continue film, The Lady
• Learn more about Aung San Suu Kyi's life after the film ends:

Homework for 5/21:
• Read the article, "What North Korea could Learn from Myanmar"
• Please write down 3 things you learned from the article and 1 question you have. Be ready to talk about this in class.

May 15

In class:
• Read about background of Myanmar
- Link 1 (country timeline)
- Link 2 (start @ Political Pedigree)
- Link 3 (Aung San Suu Kyi)
• Start film, The Lady

Homework for 5/15:
• No homework - we'll continue with the film on Tuesday.

May 13

In class:
• Map quiz - Japan and Korea
• Work on map of Southeast Asia
- Link to map from which to color / label
- Link to map game countries and map game cities
• Background on Vietnam War

Homework for 5/15:
• Finish your map of Southeast Asia and the Vietnam War handout.

May 11

In class:
• Go over HW: How to become a nuclear power
• UN Security Council makeup
• Finish video - Inside North Korea
• 60 Minutes segment - Escape from Camp 14
• Journalist's recent visit to North Korea - link
• North Korea's nuclear program - link
• North Korea's ballistic missile test - link

Homework for 5/13:
• Study for a map quiz on Japan and Korea. Please bring the maps you completed in class with you to our next class meeting. I will collect them so I can grade your notes on Confucius Lives Next Door on the back side.

May 7

In class:
• Link to Japanese woodblock prints
• Watch film, Inside North Korea, and take notes as you watch the film

Homework for 5/11:
• How to become a nuclear power (complete class handout) - link to complete here.
• Watch three videos (each video is 1-2 minutes long) and add three ideas (in total) on your sticky note. Be sure this is attached to your nuclear handout for Monday.
- link 1
- link 2
- link 3

May 5

In class:
• Japan presentations
• Historical background information on Korea

Homework for 5/7:
Read and make margin notes on 5 things you found interesting in the handout, "Top Ten Things to Know about Korea."

May 1

In class:
• Continue research about topic of interest in Japan.

Homework for 5/5:
Complete work on your presentation related to a topic of interest in Japan. We'll start class on Tuesday with your presentations.

Apr. 29

In class:
• Discuss data from Confucius Lives Next Door as well as more current data / crime statistics.
• Watch and discuss 60 Minutes segment on current challenges in Japan after tsunami / Fukushima nuclear disaster.
• Begin research on a topic of interest to you related to Japan.

Homework for 5/1:
Do research on a topic of interest to you (please do not use wikipedia!) and take notes on at least 5 things you learned. Be sure to keep track of news and image sources.

Apr. 27

In class:
• Map work - Japan / Korea
• Videos on Shintoism & Buddhism in Japan
• Read about Confucianism
• Talk about influence of Confucianism in Japan

Homework for 4/29:
Read selected pages from chapter 1 from Confucius Lives Next Door (book handed out in class) about crime and other statistics - a comparison of Japan and the US. Take notes on the class handout on the back page of your map.

Apr. 15

• Watch the video (53 min.) at this link about how Japan and Korea were able to develop so rapidly after the devastation of World War II (1937-1945) and, for Korea, the Korean War (1950-1953). Please answer questions on the class handout.

Enjoy April Vacation!

Apr. 13

• China geo test
• Japan - early history (see link for MIT - Visualizing Cultures)
• Japan - World War II

Homework for 4/15:
No homework.

For Wednesday's class, please go to Mr. Shaw's classroom (604) for class and bring a pair of headphones. (Juniors will be in SAT tests in my classroom, so our classroom location is moved just for the day.)

Apr. 9

In class:
• Learn about political tensions:

- Link 1
- Link 2

- Link 1
- Link 2

- Link 1
- Link 2

Homework for 4/13:
Study for a map test over China using maps we labeled earlier in the semester. In addition, I will ask you to annotate the map with information from the topics at left (see notes). This is a cornerstone assessment.

Review this handout:

Review this presentation:

Apr. 7

In class:
• Continue discussion about environmental concerns in China
• Watch segments from China Prep

Homework for 4/9:
Learn more about gaokao link to article. Write down three things you found interesting/compelling/suprising.

Apr. 3

In class:
• Go over modern history test
• Discuss China's energy demands/use and projections for the future
• Discuss air pollution in China (to be continued)
• Watch segment, China in the Fast Lane

Homework for 4/7:
No new homework. Complete test corrections on the modern Chinese history test. Please see the protocol for test corrections here. Hand in both your test and test corrections by 2:25 on Monday, April 6 for credit.

Apr. 1

In class:
• Modern Chinese history test
• Read about China's leadership since Deng Xiaoping
• Start research assignment on environmental challenges facing China (from New York Times series - Choking on Growth)

Homework for 4/3:
Complete short research assignment using prompts on Choking on Growth handout in class - choose 1 topic to focus on/read about/watch short video clip. We'll share these in our next class. Here are the links to the New York Times series.
Energy Rules - link
Wildlife Threatened - link
Air Pollution - link
Fish Farms / Toxic Water - link
Exporting Industry - link

Mar. 30

In class:
• Censorship activity
• Continue video - Tank Man
• Explore images - Tiananmen Square, Then and Now

Homework for 4/1:
Study for a quiz over modern Chinese history through Deng Xiaoping's rule. (See review sheet handed out in class.)

Mar. 26

In class:
• Finish notes about Deng Xiaoping's economic/social reforms (but NO significant political reforms)
• Learn about pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square
• Begin video - Tank Man

Homework for 3/31:
No homework.

Mar. 24

In class:
• Debrief Cultural Revolution work from last class (video link + scene from the film, To Live)
• Discuss Deng Xiaoping's policy changes
• China's population growth - link to graph

Homework for 3/26:
Read about China's One Child Policy and answer questions posted in handout to your Google Classroom. Google Classroom link.

Mar. 20

In class:
• Cultural Revolution
- Revolutionary Song link 1 (ping pong)
- Revolutionary Song link 2 (helmsman = someone who steers a ship)
- Revolutionary Song link 3 (American imperialism)

- Propaganda poster link (choose one you like, print it, and analyze it)

- Britain's Guardian newspaper story of man who denounced his mother as a teen - link

Homework for 3/24:
Finish whatever work you need to complete in the packet on the Cultural Revolution.

Mar. 18

No class - Macbeth workshop for English

Mar. 16

In class:
• Great Leap Forward (6 min.)

Homework for 3/20:
No homework.

Mar. 13

In class:
• No school - inservice day

Mar. 11

In class:
• Share current issues posts to blog
• China's early history
- foreign "spheres of influence"
- Nationalists (Chiang Kai-Shek) vs. Communists (Mao Zedong) - including Long March
- Unified fight against Japanese imperialism / WWII
- Civil War resumes, with Communist victory in 1949

Homework for 3/16:
No homework - enjoy the weekend!

Mar. 9

In class:
• Quiz on India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
• Start work on current events article (you may want to do an internet search for "New York Times" + "Pakistan" or "Washington Post" + India environment... or whatever interests you!

Homework for 3/11:
Look for a current events article related to India, Pakistan, and /or Bangladesh. Write a blog post (draft first in Pages or Google Docs) including the following information:

1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?

2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?

3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?

4. How does this article specifically connect to what we are studying in class? What questions do you still have after reading this article?

Mar. 5

In class:
• Go over homework (charts)
• 10 Things to Know about Bangladesh
• Fire in Bangladesh - link
• 60 Minutes - sweatshops in Bangladesh - link
• Helping poor through microenterprise lending- Muhammad Yunus - link
• Trickle Up - link

Homework for 3/5:
Study for a test over India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

Mar. 3

In class:
• Go over outsourcing homework
• Comparison chart - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and US

India Rising video
• Tata Nano article - read and discuss

Feb. 27

In class:
• Debrief homework about the Green Revolution
• Learn about outsourcing in India and its effects

Homework for 3/3:
Scroll down to and read the section - The Data - in this Washington Post article and respond to the questions on your class handout.

Feb. 25

In class:
• Thinking about the resources we use.... link
• Learn about Green Revolution (Bengal famine and solutions) - check Google Classroom folder for Google Doc
• Modern-day ideas
- India's Rice Revolution - link
- Prime Minister Modi's 2nd Green Revolution - link

Homework for 2/27:
Complete any remaining work on Green Revolution or more modern solutions.

Feb. 23

In class:
• Partition of India after 1948 and Pakistan 1971
• Roots of conflict in Kashmir
• Mumbai attacks

Homework for 2/25:
Read this article about President Obama's recent visit to India. Write 5 bullet points (in your own words) that you learned about the relationship between Indian and the US in a post on the blog. (Remember to click on your name in the "labels" section of the blog.


Feb. 12

In class:
• Finish Gandhi film
• Images from the partition of India - link
• Choose one and post it to the blog & indicate why you chose it

Feb. 10

In class:
• Gandhi plans protests to British rule; is imprisoned several times for sedition (publishing work critical of British authorities).

Homework for 2/12:
• In your class handout on Gandhi, read the explanation of Gandhi's Salt March and the essay about non-violent protest. Answer the 2 questions at the bottom of the page on non-violent protest in short paragraphs posted to the blog. Please be sure to proofread your responses and click on your name in the "labels" category.

Feb. 6

In class:
• Gandhi in South Africa
• Gandhi returns to India - begins travel to learn about poverty

Homework for 2/10:
• No homework

Feb. 4

In class:
• Map quiz (check in)
• Early history of India
• Sepoy Rebellion (1857)
• Gandhi - what do you know?
• Key leaders in independence movement

Homework for 2/6:
• Label a more detailed map of South Asia using this resource (or search online maps):

Feb. 2


Jan. 29

In class:
• What do you know?
• Introduction and course guidelines
• Geographic regions / label maps
• Interesting facts about Asia

Homework for 2/2:
• Study for map quiz of South Asian countries. A couple of links for online games include:
- Link 1
- Link 2