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Lesson 1: Asia, Asians and the Global Economy. EVPP 490 003 Amy Duray. Agenda. Intended as a brief overview of why this course was developed and offered. Maps and Countries – limitations of political boundaries People and population trends Unique environments Economics and development.

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agenda
Agenda

Intended as a briefoverview of why this course was developed and offered.

  • Maps and Countries – limitations of political boundaries
  • People and population trends
  • Unique environments
  • Economics and development
population information
Population Information

East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, and Taiwan) one of the most populous regions of the world (Population in Thousands):

Source: Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. 2007. World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision. Dataset on CD-ROM. New York: United Nations. Available online at http://www.un.org/esa/population/ordering.htm, Accessed via World Resources Institue, Earthtrends Data Portal www.earthtrends.wri.org

population information1
Population Information

B. Southeast Asia (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philipines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam)

Source: Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. 2007. World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision. Dataset on CD-ROM. New York: United Nations. Available online at http://www.un.org/esa/population/ordering.htm, Accessed via World Resources Institue, Earthtrends Data Portal www.earthtrends.wri.org

regional population dynamics
Regional Population Dynamics
  • Increasing Urbanization, including the worlds’ largest cities
  • Areas of increasing ethnic conflicts
  • Exponentially growing issues associated with this population growth , such as waste management
environment
Environment
  • 29 World Heritage Sites: http://www.unep-wcmc.org/protected_areas/world_heritage/Images/19.gif
  • Asia and the Pacific have approx. 50% of the world’s remaining mangrove forests
  • Asia and the Pacific have approx. 72.5% of the world’s coral reefs (about 60% of which are thought to be endangered)
  • High levels of endemism throughout the region, high threat to endangered species (see Table 6.5 p. 221 of GEO-4)
  • Continuing high levels of agricultural land conversion, deforestation
economics
Economics
  • 8 high-performing East Asian economies (HPAEs): Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan (China), and Thailand
  • From 1965 to 1990 the 23 economies of East Asia grew faster than all other regions of the world

(Chart is from http://www.galbithink.org/topics/ea/growth.htm, derived from the report cited above)

  • Initially, this was truly an economic miracle, with these same countries experiencing unprecedented levels of income equality as well as growth (except Taiwan and S. Korea)
  • China is starting to catch up to the East Asian powerhouse economies. Growth in 2007 was 13%. Growth in 2008 was 9%, despite the slowing global economy. (GoogleNews)