Asia Essential Topics
By: Ran T and Mobeena A
China's Rise Economically and Growing Influence Around the World
Much of China's growing reach comes from its economy, which is entering a new "outward bound" phase. After years of investing abroad, China increasing in value. Its companies are searching for new markets and technologies. They are using the foreign currency earned from trading gain foreign assets, from companies and securities to energy supplies. Many of the resources it is acquiring are in Third-World countries, which are unstable and have a bad government which has kept Western multinational companies from operating there.The increases in international trade, tourism and cultural exchanges have made other countries interested in China.
Hinduism vs. Buddhism
Hinduism was not founded by any particular prophet
Hindus believe in Ashramas or the stages of life
Hindus believe in approximately 300,000 gods
Hindus believe in four stages of life
Both religion believe in the concept of karma
Both believe in several heavens and hells
Both believe in multiple gods
Both religions started in India
Both believe in the spiritual practices of meditation
Buddhism was found by Buddha
Buddhism does not believe that hindu gods are as powerful as buddha
The Buddhists do not believe in the stages of life
The Kashmir Conflict
The Caste System
~Process of placing people in occupational groups. Only in Hinduism in India.
1) Brahmana (Brahmin): Consists of those engaged in scriptural education and teaching, essential for the continuation of knowledge.
2) Kshatriya: Take on all forms of public service, including administration, maintenance of law and order, and defense.
3) Vaishya: Engage in commercial activity as businessmen.
4) Shudra: Work as semi-skilled and unskilled laborers.~It’s impossible to move up a caste. this means the economy can’t progress. Originally, there wasn’t supposed to be a hierarchy but it slowly became so and this is bad because it promotes discrimination although it’s illegal in some ways.
China's One Child per Family Policy
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