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Online Supplement

Understanding Contemporary Asia through Food

While once-exotic Asian foods have become a familiar part of American life, the study of Asian food continues to be a sharp lens, giving focus to the broad sweep of history and the complex patterns of contemporary Asian societies. The eating habits and culinary practices (foodways) of Asian societies are both local and global, revealing the historical impact of past events and the everyday tensions of contemporary Asian societies. Humans often use food to distinguish their own group from others....

Columns, Essay

Debunking the Myth: Did Marco Polo Go to China?

To begin with, the legendary wealth of the Polo family from Venice was a myth. In fact, the Polos were small-time merchants who did not make any mark on the city of Venice. Marco Polo’s claim of being associated with the family of rich traders was dubious and suspect....

Feature Article

No News is Bad News: Using the Media in Teaching about Japan

How do people in one country learn about another land? Travel helps, but it provides limited exposure to the real life of a nation. Living in a particular foreign country is a possibility, but few of us have that opportunity. We learn a little about the rest of the world through education, although not much in the typical American secondary school; outward looking teachers like those who are reading this journal may be the exception rather than the rule. Only those who focus on a particular regi...

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