The Far East

By: Kyra, Jess, Meghan, and Tina

Whether we realize it or not, we take advantage of our environment. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as we know here's to draw the line. Sometimes, we take too much without ever giving back. If this trend continues, future generations will run into into many problems, such as food shortages, tree depletion, and natural resources such as coal and oil not being available. We tend to take as much as we are given, and then take some more. This is a problem that causes conflict between environmental activists and business owners hoping to make more money. As humans, it's in our nature to utilize what we are given, which can sometimes be beneficial, but sometimes harmful.
Having a large population can be beneficial to a country, however it can also cause drawbacks. This is demonstrated in many countries around the world, including China and the U.S. With a large population, conflict and cooperation can be formed between the government and the citizens. This causes the government to take control over the people. This example of control is also prevalent in everyday life. Having a large population can be seen in many different perspectives, however they all have their pro's and con's.

Benefits of having a large population.

There are more workers that can make more money.

Rich vs. Poor- The rich and poor are both benefited by more workers and more money because it creates a better economy.
Government vs. Citizens- Both groups like it because it creates a larger income which results in a stronger nation.
U.S. vs. China- This benefits China by creating a stronger economy and nation, in turn making them a stronger and more influential country. It also benefits the U.S. because we purchase products from China which is less money than it would be if we produced them in the U.S.
Far East- With as large as a population as the far East has, there are clearly many workers. All these workers make products that the company sells, sometimes to other countries like the U.S. This in turn creates a large income. The company gets money, and pays some of it to the workers, and has the rest of the money as a profit. The workers pay taxes to the Government, and they get money as well. Whatever the worker has after taxes is what they can spend and use as they please. So with many workers, a lot of money is distributed and everyone is happy.
U.S.- The U.S. benefits from China's many workers because we purchase products from their country. This is less expensive for us to do than if we were to produce the products in our own country. So when we buy products from China we can sell them and make a large profit off of them buy selling them for more money. This benefits big companies. It also benefits us because the products are less expensive for citizens to buy from the big companies.
Me- When I have to do chores in order to get my allowance, I don't make as much if I work by myself. If all of my siblings pitch in and help clean, more work can be completed and we in turn make more money between all of us.

China has the largest army in the world.

Rich vs. Poor- Having a large army is good for both the rich and the poor. With a large army, there is more protection for all of the country's citizens, whether they have a lot of money or not.

Government vs. Citizens- For the government, it is good to have a large army, and it is good to have a large army. However, if the citizens ever try to protest against the government or against the country, the government has the authority to use the army against the citizens.

U.S. vs. China- It is good for China that they have the largest army in the world, there is more protection for their people and the odds could be in their favor if they ever got in a war. But, for the U.S. this can be dangerous. If there was ever some kind of conflict between America and China, it would be bad for the U.S. because their army is so much bigger than ours is.

Far East- Since China has the largest army in the world, there have been times when there have been mandatory drafts. The government limits citizens rights by forcing them to the army when there is a war.

U.S.- During wars, the U.S. also hate mandatory drafts. This limited the rights and freedoms of the citizens of America. Also, citizens must be 18 years old or older to vote for who they want to be in office, and this is limiting rights and freedoms until the people are a certain age.

Me- I need approval from my dad to do certain things, like going out with my friends without any supervision from an adult. By not letting me do what I want, my individual freedoms are being stifled. My dad also made me wait until I was a certain age before I could get things like my phone, or a laptop, or a Facebook account.

There are more advances in technology.

Rich vs. Poor- With newer and more advanced technology, there is always a temptation to buy. The rich can afford to buy all these new items, so this is good for them. However, the poor don't have as much money to spend, so they can't always get this new technology. It would benefit them if they have access to this technology however.
Government vs. Citizens- The Government can put a tax on new items, so they make a lot of money from advances in technology. The citizens can benefit from new products, whether they are needed or just wanted, so this is also good for them.
U.S. vs. China-
China makes money from new technology, by selling to other countries and their citizens so this is beneficial to them.The U.S. has the opportunity to purchase new items and sell them to their citizens so it is also beneficial to the U.S. to make the citizens happy and the companies get more money.
Far East-
The Far East benefits from advances in technology by selling the new products and getting more money. In turn they create a stronger economy, and please their citizens.
When the U.S. makes our own products and advances our technology, it can turn out well. Although it may be more expensive for the consumer, selling and creating products in the U.S. creates jobs, and also makes money for the business, and the government.

Drawbacks of having a large population.

There can be limits on individual rights.

Example: China's one child policy.
Rich vs. Poor-
The rich and poor are both affected by limits to their rights, however the rich can sometimes buy their way around it. For the poor, only one child means only having to provide for one extra person but it also means only one child to help support the family. If the family wants more then one child they are restricted from having another. However, the rich can occasionally bribe their way into having more than one child. If they do not however, they can comfortably support the one child.
Government vs. Citizens-
The government has control, so it is good for them. In this example, they needed to control their population and they took action with this policy, and it is helping reduce their population. However, citizens don't get the freedom of having a larger family with many children if that is what they want.
U.S. vs. China-
In china this is a good thing, because although it limits their rights it controls a larger problem that they have. People in the U.S. might find this very different though because we are allowed to have as many children as we would like.
Far East-
With such a large population as they have in the Far East, limits on individual rights are sometimes necessary to solve problems. If people comply, this can work out very well. However sometimes people don 't like the government having so much control which can occasionally cause riots and such.
U.S. citizens rights are protected, so if the government decided to limit or take away these rights Americans would become very angry. For example, if they tried to take away our freedom of speech, there would most likely be a lot of riots.
Parents make rules that limit what we can do. For example, in my life, during the summer my sister and i get a curfew and have to be home before dark. This gives us less time to spend with friends, but our parents want us home and to make sure that we are safe and that we walk home when its still light out.

There can be less opportunity.

Rich vs. Poor- The rich is affected very much by the lack of opportunity or jobs. It is bad for the poor though because there is less of a chance that they will find work and make money for their family.

Government vs. Citizens- It is bad for the government when there is less job opportunity for the citizens. Then the government is responsible for creating new jobs for its citizens. It's even worse for the citizens when there is less job opportunity because they won't be making any income to support their family with.

U.S. vs. China- The U.S. gets a lot of its products from China. So, if China doesn't have enough jobs for the citizens, then the U.S. won't be buying as many products and China won't be making as much money which would eventually result in a bad economy.

Far East- The Far East has a large population, which means that there aren't always enough jobs for all the citizens. In order to make money for their families, people are willing to work less desirable jobs for low amounts of money. When the government pays the workers less than minimum wage, they are being deprived of their rights.

U.S.- When the economy is bad, many people tend to lose their jobs or they get laid off by their companies. The companies that people work for are being deprived of their right to work and it is also makes it harder for people to live with less money to live off of.

Me- I have less opportunities for free time and to do things that I want because I am often busy doing other things like homework or chores. My dad and the school would be limiting my rights and freedoms to do what I want.

There are less resources.

Rich vs. Poor- The rich aren't really affected all the much when there is less food because they still have the ability to pay more money for food. But the poor are affected a lot when there isn't enough food because they don't have enough extra money to spend on the food. Then the result is many families having to go without enough food for everyone.

Government vs. Citizens- The government itself isn't actually affected that much when there isn't enough food but they are responsible for finding new sources of food for the country's citizens. It is very bad for the citizens of the country because there is no food for them to eat. Plus, without enough food, many health issues could rise in that country.

U.S. vs. China- The U.S. gets a lot of its products from China. So, if China doesn't have enough jobs for the citizens, then the U.S. won't be buying as many products and China won't be making as much money which would eventually result in a bad economy.

Far East- The Far East has a very large population. Having such a large population can result in less food for everyone and some people won't get food at all. The government is blamed for the food shortage. The government then tries to make sure everybody has food, which means some people may be getting less food than they normally would. This then takes away citizens rights.

U.S.- When there isn't enough food, some people can't eat at all because they can't afford it. When these people aren't able to afford their food and aren't able to eat, their right to eat is being taken away and "the right to life, liberty, and property" is being taken away as well.

Trees: Trees play a very important part of everyday life all over the world. They allow us to breathe... That seems like a pretty important job to me.

China: China is the #1 consumer of wood in the entire world. This is due in no small part to their love of chopsticks. The government is attempting to put limits on the amounts of trees/chopsticks that are created every year because they want there to be trees for future generations. This angers the manufacturers who are just looking to make money, and don't really care about the environment. China also uses trees to make paper.

United States: Although the us is not the leading consumer of wood, we still use it in our everyday lives. We use it for housing, for paper, and for furniture. We can even take the fruit off of trees.

Me: I use trees all the time in my everyday life. I have a wood-generated stove, meaning I have to haul piles of wood inside to burn. My bed is made of wood, and I do almost all of my schoolwork on paper.

Bamboo: Bamboo has many functional purposes in the middle east and United States.

China: There are many uses for bamboo in China. One example is that bamboo is used in Chinese medicine for treating infections. It is also used to construct bridges and houses. Many animals rely on bamboo as their main food source, like panda bears.

United States: Bamboo is used much less in the US then it is in China, but it still serves a purpose. It is used for decking, siding, and outdoor furniture as well as some papers.

Me: I don't use bamboo all that much in my day-to-day life, but there are a few occasions in which I do use bamboo products. I occasionally drink bamboo tea in the morning because my mom doesn't let me drink coffee. I have a few plants hanging in baskets made out of bamboo. And when I (rarely) scrapbook, there is a bamboo border on my papers.

Farming: Farming feeds people all over the world

China: Typical Chinese farmers grow corn, rice, chilies, and vegetables on half an acer of land. This food feeds them and their families.

United States: All over the country, there are huge farms that produce food to ship all over our country to grocery stores for people to buy and eat.

Me: I eat food everyday that has been grown all over the United States.

Factories: Factories can be run off of natural resources like coal and oil

China: There are many factories in the Far East that make goods that are then sent to the United States. Production is cheaper in China and it's easier to produce goods there.

United States: The USA also has many factories but we produce less goods because it is more expensive to do so here.

Me: I buy and use products manufactured in China and the USA everyday.

Rivers: People settle near rivers for transportation and daily living

China and United States: Rivers, such as the Mississippi, are highly populated because they provide services we can't live without. We need water and transportation and rivers are an easy way to get both of those.

Me: I live near a river and I use products that have been shipped by river everyday.