Background Reading on Asia

Read all about Asia and the world, with background reading that will give you context on culture, history, religions and philosophies, education systems, and more!

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An essay exploring why close family ties and dependencies are valued so highly in Korea.
The complex and important role of religion in South Asia, from the earliest civilizations to present.
The life of Buddha, the emergence of Buddhism, basic tenets, and major sects throughout Asia.
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Kublai Khan, grandson of Ghengis Khan, ruled as an intellect and a warrior to create one of the greatest empires in history.
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Angkor Wat in Cambodia, today known as a World Heritage Site, is also a vestige of a great inland SE Asian empire.
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The practice of mediation in Korea.
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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen argues for Indian identity as diverse, multifaceted, and continually open to new influences.
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The world events and many adversities that shaped overseas Indians' sense of unity and identity over the past two centuries.
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Delve into the profound philosophical significance of the South Korean flag.
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A short geo-political history of the island nation.
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On class, status, and social structure in India.
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On Hinduism's power of the feminine and goddess worship.

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