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(S1.E12.) Chapter 29: Toward the Pacific Century?

Southeast Asia Today. Greetings. We have reached the final chapter in the textbook, 'Toward the Pacific Century?" The file can be downloaded by clicking on the following link. Download file The file will be automatically downloaded to your computer if you have already subscribed to the Then and Now podcast.

Toward the Pacific Century?</strong> This final chapter in the textbook examines South Asia (e.g., India) and Southeast Asia (e.g., China, Japan, and many other nations). The central question that the textbook leaves us with is which country or alliance of countries will be the dominant leader in the world in 2050 or even the year. The nations of South Asia and Southeast Asia have thrown off the vestiges of colonialism and have rapidly built industrialized economies. Democracy has been slower to evolve here. Industrialization has brought vast changes to the society and culture of the regions, but these nations have worked to incorporate traditional values and culture into a modern state. Vast wealth has been created but has not been diffused throughout society, thus creating great disparities within societies. Japan rapidly rebuilt after World War II and achieved its goal of becoming one of the world's economic superpowers. These economic achievements were made in part because Japan has almost no military expenses. The unprecedented growth in the economies of the Pacific rim led to a belief that the prosperity was permanent, however, recent persistent economic slowdowns have undermined optimism. In many Southeast Asian and East Asian nations a re-evaluation of benefits of industrialization is underway.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To visit the official website of ASEAN, visit http://www.us-asean.org/To learn more about Indonesia, visit http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/idtoc.html
To learn about the legal system in Hong Kong and the influence of East and West, visit http://www.info.gov.hk/justice/content02.htm
To learn about the small nation of Brunei, visit http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/south_east_asia/brunei/

Ricardo has selected music from the podsafemusicnetwork. He selected several artists, Arcadian Reign laying Boom Boom, Delinquent Habits playing Play feat Michelle, and Intelect playing Low Beat. Click on the name of the group to visit their band's web site.

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