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The Small Islands Debate: Exploring Critical Controversies in Maritime East Asia

Considering Asia’s Maritime Controversies: Why Are Asia’s Maritime Disputes Important? Tensions among East Asian countries have significantly increased during the twenty-first century because of maritime disputes in the South China Sea, the East China Sea, and the Sea of Japan. Many serious conflicts about sovereignty over small islands and seabeds exist among China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan, along with Việt Nam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei. Governments have acted assert...

Book Review, Columns

Universal Religion in World History

EAA readers are surely aware that most major world religions originated in Asia. Universal Religions in World History, a concise text by Donald and Jean Elliot Johnson, therefore, is worth a review in this journal. In just over 200 pages, the authors have managed to include a remarkable array of information. The basic premise is that three religions, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, stand out as universalizing religions, having spread throughout the world. Although these three are prominently ...

Columns, Curriculum Materials Review

Religions and Philosophies in China: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism

It is surely a daunting task for anyone to provide a good summary about topics as rich and complex as Chinese religion and philosophy. China’s size and diversity make this a formidable endeavor, yet Waka Takahashi Brown with the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education has provided teachers with a useful guide to give students a basic introduction to religion and philosophy in China.

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Geography’s Importance to Japan’s History

Japan’s geography has been and is a crucial factor in its history. Geology, location, patterns of settlement, transport, and economic development are strongly influenced by spatial considerations. Our appreciation of any historical issue is greatly enhanced by learning how geography played an important role. A geographer’s perspective is indispensible to an adequate understanding. This article, while much too short to give complete explanations of geographical factors, provides ideas for ent...