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 Kashmir conflict : The Kashmir conflict is a partition of the Indian subcontinent along religious lines that led to the formation of India and Pakistan. Because of its location, Kashmir could choose to join India or Pakistan. In 1957, Kashmir was finally incorporated into the Indian Union.

The Caste System

~Process of placing people in occupational groups. Only in Hinduism in India.

~4 groups:

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

An experiment was conducted to show the behavioral effects of the OCP (One Child Policy). Results showed that individuals who were born after the OCP - as an only child - demonstrated characteristics of being less competitive, more risk averse, less conscientious, less trustworthy and more pessimistic.


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