Why is East Asia an important part of the world to study?
- China’s economy is huge/growing
- US is reliant in China
- Much of the world’s people are East Asian
- China was historically the wealthiest and most technologically advanced part of the world
- Paper (these all came from China)
South Korea-Economic success story
North Korea is unpredictable and has Nuclear power (we need to be aware of their movements)
What is distinctive about East Asia?
- Language, writing system, Chinese character (a common writing system)
- Confucianism (Philosophy)
- All of East Asia traditionally had monarchies (It’s ending. However, Japan still has an emperor)
Where do the names “China,” “Japan,” and “Korea” come from?
China comes from Qin
Japan comes from Nihon (or Nippon) which means “origin of the sun.”
Korea comes from the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392)
Side note: Korean’s call the “Sea of Japan” the “Sea of the East.”
Here’s something that I found cool
Is Taiwan a country?
The people of Taiwan believe they are a country; however, China says they are not. In 1949 there was a war between the nationalist and the communist. When communism took power in China, 2 million nationalists fled to Taiwan. There they created their own rules, laws, they even have their own dialect.