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excerpt – “indonesia: history, heritage, culture”

the newest volume in the aas “key issues in asian studies” series of short texts for the undergraduate classroom is indonesia: history, heritage, culture, by kathleen m. adams (loyola university chicago). in this book, adams offers readers an overview of indonesia’s history from 1.5 million years ago through the present day, examining how trade, colonialism, religion, and nationalism have affected and shaped the archipelago over millennia. in pointing out moments of uncertainty and contingency, adams draws students’ attention to the unexpected ways in which a group of islands has cohered into the world’s fourth most-populous nation.adams opens each chapter of indonesia: history, heritage, culture with a focal image or artifact from which the chapter’s narrative flows. in the excerpt below, a photograph of one of indonesia’s oldest mosques offers a starting point for a discussion of the arrival and spread of islam across the islands.today we know indonesia ...

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introducing bodies and structures 1.0: deep-mapping modern east asian history

by david r. ambaras and kate mcdonaldwhat bodies and structures isbodies and structures is a platform for researching and teaching spatial histories of east asia and the larger worlds of which they were a part. the site combines individually-authored, media-rich content modules with conceptual maps and visualizations. the modules analyze primary sources with significant spatial historical themes. the conceptual maps and visualizations reveal thematic, historical, and geographic connections between the modules. each module also includes a translated primary source or sources. we built it using the open-source platform scalar.bodies and structures 1.0 focuses on early to mid-twentieth century japan and east asia shaped by japanese imperialism. the modules tell spatial stories about: colonial political activists; interethnic intimacies and regional migration; department stores and empire; the multi-layered spaces of the modern drugstore; chinese settlement on the mongolian frontier ...

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now available: winter 2018 issue of education about asia

editor’s message by lucien ellingtoni hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful and joyous holiday season. “what should we know about asia?” is particularly meaningful for two reasons. the special section topic, while always an appropriate question, has never been the specific focus of an eaa special section, and, even though unplanned when the decision was made to address this particular theme, the winter 2018 special section title was the perfect place to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the national consortium for teaching about asia (ncta). for those not familiar with ncta it is the most effective, long-term us collaborative effort to improve elementary and secondary school teacher and student knowledge of east asia ever created. anyone who teaches asia should immensely benefit from reading the contributions of outstanding professors and teachers who’ve been involved in ncta programs. all ncta-related contributors deserve accolades.however, without the efforts of lynn parisi, ...

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isn’t that just ancient history?

by daniel knorrrecently, the college board made news for announcing changes to the scope of advanced placement (ap) world history. from now on, the ap exam will cover only the period after 1450 ce. high schools could still choose to offer an additional course covering world history before 1450—making it a two-year sequence—but only material from the later time period will appear on the exam. the main goal, according to the college board, is to bring the scope of the exam more in line with what can be covered in a single college course.a large number of educators have criticized the decision, leading the college board to say that they will reconsider and issue a final decision in july. the main focus of this criticism has been how shifting the timeline of the course will affect teaching about the americas, africa, and asia. with the course starting in 1450, students would learn about many areas only in the context of european colonialism, if at all.to be fair to the college board, s ...

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excerpt: the philippines — from earliest times to the present

key issues in asian studies (kias) is an aas book series of short, classroom-ready texts intended for high-school and undergraduate readers. today, we are pleased to bring you an excerpt from the latest kias title, the philippines: from earliest times to the present, written by historian damon l. woods. in this brief volume, woods provides readers with an overview of philippine history, culture, and politics. starting in the year 900ce, woods traces the archipelago’s past, exploring the regional ties that connected its inhabitants with others in the pacific ocean long before the arrival of european ships in the 16th century. woods then devotes chapters to the years of spanish, american, and japanese rule, followed by an in-depth discussion of political and social developments in the decades following philippine independence in 1946. as woods notes in the excerpt below, “this book is a story of the philippines that depicts filipinos as active participants in their own history rather than passive ac ...

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best of the eaa archives: using literature in the classroom edition

the “best of eaa articles” are a series of posts that include outstanding articles, essays, interviews, and reviews that are among the over 1,500 archived open access materials available on the education about asia website. titles, short annotations, and links are below. throughout the years, a number of superb literature articles, essays, and interviews have been published in eaa. this is the first installment of several we plan to post in the coming weeks. • “history as literature, literature as history, lost names: scenes from a korean boyhood — an eaa interview with richard kim” (fall 1999): richard kim describes his novel about a young boy in japanese-occupied korea: “…all the characters and events in the book are real but everything else is fiction.” middle school, high school, and undergraduate instructors have all assigned this superb work. • “her: an indonesian short story” by titis basino, translated by florence lamoureux (sp ...

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the road to sleeping dragon: learning china from the ground up – a q&a with author michael meyer

michael meyer’s 2008 debut book, the last days of old beijing: life in the vanishing backstreets of a city transformed, recounted his time spent living in the crowded hutong alleyways of china’s capital during the run-up to that year’s olympics. in 2015, he published in manchuria: a village called wasteland and the transformation of rural china, which picked up meyer’s story as he moved to his wife’s hometown in the countryside and immersed himself in the history of the country’s northeast region. in a new book, the road to sleeping dragon: learning china from the ground up, meyer circles back to his first days in china, when he arrived in 1995 as a 23-year-old peace corps volunteer who couldn’t use chopsticks, spoke no chinese, and “knew little about the country beyond the great wall, pandas, one billion people, fortune cookies, and the indelible image of a man standing in front of a tank.” the road to sleeping dragon follows meyer as he finds his footi ...

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best of the eaa archives: maritime history edition

maritime history is a field of study that often is not integrated into high school or beginning undergraduate survey courses. the articles and essay below, from our fall 2014 special section “maritime asia,” provide readers with a variety of choices that are applicable to world history, geography, and anthropology courses. the “best of eaa articles” are a series of posts that include outstanding articles, essays, interviews, and reviews that are among the over 1,500 archived open-access materials available on the education about asia website. titles, short annotations, and links are below. • “when the world came to southeast asia: malacca and the global economy” historian and southeast asia specialist michael vann uses a once-great port city in assisting readers to understand that southeast asia has played an important role for a long time in the global economy. • “maritime southeast asia: not just a crossroads” historian and anthropologist jennife ...

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introducing the fall 2017 issue of education about asia, “water and asia”

below is the editor’s message from the newest issue of education about asia, the open-access teaching journal of the association for asian studies. for complete online access to this issue, as well as over 1,500 articles from 22 years of education about asia, please visit the eaa website. by lucien ellington, education about asia editor we hope readers had an enjoyable summer. this issue of eaa includes the special section “water and asia.” scholars who have published extensively on china environmental issues provide in the first two articles, comprehensive overviews of china’s water problems that complement each other and should be quite useful for the classroom. in “china’s water challenges: national and global implications,” david pietz offers compelling examples of the potential worldwide effects of china’s water crisis. judith shapiro’s amply illustrated “china: harnessing the waters” provides historical context for china’s current ...

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best of the eaa archives: a new #asianow feature

this is the first of a series of posts that will highlight outstanding articles, essays, interviews, and reviews that are among the over 1,500 archived open access materials available on the education about asia website. titles, short annotations, and links are below. • nimish adhia’s “the history of economic development in india since independence” (winter 2015) is a superb, clearly written introductory overview for students on indian economic history since 1947.  • marvin marcus, also the author of the key issues in asia studies volume japanese literature: from murasaki to murakami, in "natsume sōseki and modern japanese literature” (fall 2015) published an engaging biographical sketch of the iconic japanese novelist.  • readers of wang ping's autobiographical “i am a chinese english teacher” (fall 2015) will learn not only about the life of a chinese high school teacher, but also get a sense of the changes that occurred in china ov ...

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