Are You Paying Attention?
Approximate percentage of time educational researchers estimate 1st and 5th grade Beijing and Chicago students are paying attention to the teacher.
1st grade 82% 60%
5th grade 82% 55%
Approximate percentage lessons in which the teacher did not provide feedback to Beijing and Chicago children concerning their seatwork.
1st grade 25% 37%
5th grade 18% 48%
Source: Data from Harold W. Stevens and Shinying Lee, “The East Asian Version of Whole-Class TeachinR.” Educational Policy (June 1995).
Individual Incomes in China
Sources of individual income in China’s major cities:
- 32% of the average income of employees, in both state and non-state sectors, are from sources other than regular salaries.
- People make money through moonlighting, investment in the stock market, and other means.
Source: Baokan Wenzhai. (March 23, 1995).
Hong Kong and the U.S.
- Area of the world that is home to the largest American Chamber of Commerce outside of the U.S. Hong Kong
- Approximate number of American businesses in Hong Kong Over 1,000
- S. annual trade surplus with Hong Kong Approx. $2 billion
Source; America’s Stake in Hong Kong (The Heritage Foundation, October 2. 1995).
Asia and the Global Village
If we shrink the earth’s population down to a village of one hundred people but keep all existing human ratios the same, there would be:
14 Western Hemisphere
people (North and South America)
Other Characteristics of the Global Village:
70 of the hundred people would be non-white
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
80 would live in substandard housing 70 would be non-Christian
1 would have a university education
Source: Asia/Link: A Newsletter fin. Teachers (University of Pittsburgh, February 1995).
Asia Economic Notes
Asia’s share of the World’s Gross National Product:
1960 – 4 percent
1990 – 25 percent
2000 – 33 percent (projected)
U.S. Pacific Trade
1984 – U.S. trade across the Pacific surpassed U.S. trade across the Atlantic.
1994 – One-third of U.S. exports were to East Asia. U.S. merchandise trade to APEC countries constituted 60% of total U.S. exports. More than 80% of the $154 billion U.S. global trade deficit was with APEC countries, mostly Japan and China.
Source: The Japanese Times Weekly International Edition (November 13-29. 1995).
U.S. and Vietnamese MIA Statistics
Missing in Action
United States 2,202
This number includes both People’s Liberation Armed Forces and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam for the years 1954-75.
Source: Z Magazine (October 1995).
Women’s Average Wages in Manufacturing as Percentage of Men’s (1990)
Source: “The World’s Women 1995: Trends and Statistics,” United Nations (New York: United Nations Publications, 1995).