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Vigil: HONG KONG IN CRISIS An Interview with Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of five previous books, including China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (coauthored by Maura Elizabeth Cunningham) and Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo. In his latest book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, Professor Wasserstrom combines his extensive knowledge of Hong Kong from the ground up with a broader unders...

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Facts About Asia: South Korea and Singapore: Economic and Political Freedom

Editor’s Introduction: By the 1990s, the dynamic economic growth of four polities—Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan—earned them the nickname “Four Little Dragons.” Each of the “Little Dragons” also obtained moderate to significant levels of political freedom (Freedom House ranks South Korea and Taiwan as free and Hong Kong and Singapore as partly free). Please see our column from fall 2019 on the other two “Little Dragons”: Hong Kong and Taiwan. Economic ...

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Facts About Asia: Asia and Education

Editor’s Note: EAA readers are invited to send material for this column. Please include a source for your “Asian fact.” Reported Literacy Rates of Select Asian Countries (age 15 and over) Taiwan 98.5% China 96.4% Indonesia 95.4% Việt Nam 94.5% Thailand 92.9% Bangladesh 72.9% India 71.2% Pakistan 57.9% Source: CIA World Factbook Years of statistics compiled range from 2014–2017. Percent of Populations with Tertiary Educat...

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Asian Factoids: Fall, 2001

Post-Socialist India: A Ten Year Report A special survey published in the June 2, 200l issue of The Economist assessed India’s economy ten years after it launched major economic reforms, including lowering trade barriers, devaluing the rupee, and abolishing industrial licensing, which dictated to businesses just how much of a particular product they could manufacture. The conclusion was “On most measures, the reform was a triumphant success.” Economic growth during the 1990s made India on...

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Asian Factiods

Debunking the Myths Myth: Everyone in China speaks the same language. Truth: Chinese speak many dialects, sometimes making communication difficult. Although the Chinese have shared the same written language for more than 2,000 years, they have often spoken different dialects. Some are as different from each other as Spanish is from French. Source: East Asian Connection, vol. VIII, no. 3, February 1998. Indiana University, Memorial Hall West 207, Bloomington, IN 47405. Pillars of Corpor...

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Asian Factoids: Spring, 1998

Expatriate Americans in Asia Note: Figures are for 1996 and exclude U.S. government employees and military personnel and their families. Philippines 118,000 Japan 73,300 Hong Kong 40,800 Taiwan 36,600 S. Korea 35,500 Source: U.S. government To Get Rich is Glorious Percentage of China’s urban households owning: Color television 90.8 Refrigerator 88.7 Washing machine 87.3 Private housing 32.6 Video camera 28.6 Air-conditioner 28.3 Source: China: The Consumer Revolution by L...

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Asian Factoids: Spring, 1997

Taiwanese Students, Examination Success, and Religion In Taipei’s Dragon Mountain Buddhist Temple, students seeking examination success can buy, for the equivalent of $23.00, a computer label with name, address, and prayer that is attached to a brilliance lamp’s glass door. The lamp, which is an offering to the god of scholarship, contains tiny electric bulbs that revolve continuously on several cone shaped stands. While there are brilliance lamps dedicated to other deities such as the god ...

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