Monday, January 07, 2008

Sketch on new Wacom Bamboo tablet: China map 2.jpg

When your parents were in school, China was a starving and struggling nation. It was not on America's radar. Today it is one of the world's most important nations.

The Chinese economy is rocket-like. In fact, last month the Chinese sent a lunar probe into space.

Our unit will include some history -
* Qin Shi Huang Ti, the first emperor
* the Great Wall
* the Buried Army at Shi'an
* Mao Zedong, the founder of Chinese communism

It will also focus on language via lessons in Chinese characters and pronouciation by Madeline Trudeau Kawanaka.

Chinese cooking? The wok and unusual ingredients such as soy and ginger.

China, the People's Republic of China (PROC), vs Taiwan, the Republic of China (ROC): communist vs democratic, free market China.

The One family, One child policy.

Great cities:
- Beijing and the Imperial City
- Shanghai, the most populous city in China (ranked 10th in the world).
- Honk Kong, the premier financial center of Asia

Open notes, multiple-choice quiz on the map and the movie, Not One Less.

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