Worldwide Locations

Worldwide Locations

East Asia

Microfinance programs offer financial services to the poor to help start small businesses. (Asia Society)
Microfinance: Seeds of Change
Microfinance enables people to escape a cycle of poverty by giving them loans to start a trade or business and savings accounts to accrue interest. more
Japan's Mt. Fuji. (Amy Bogin)
Who Ate Kyoto?: Environmental Conservation in Japan
Why is Japan failing to curb greenhouse gas emissions? more
China is the largest manufacturer in the world. (DCvision2006/Flickr)
Manufacturing Malady: The Hidden Cost of a Product
Who or what is responsible for environmental harm caused by manufacturing practices? more
Pollution and power lines in northern China. (AdamCohn/Flickr)
Appetite for Energy: Working Together
How can countries balance building a strong economy with protecting the environment? more
The earth is warming up, and scientists say it is due to greenhouse gases that are released through human activities. (Daryl Mulvihill/Flickr)
Global Climate Change: Face Off with the Future
Do you think people should go on the offensive to slow global warming, or try to adapt to effects as they arise? more
New Ways of Speaking, and Thinking, About Asia
Arif Dirlik: 'The enhanced global visibility of peoples of Asian descent suggests that there is no outer boundary to the notion of Asia.' more
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The Arts of the Silk Roads
This essay explores some of the art traditions, many of them devotional in nature, of the Silk Roads. more
Old tomb painting showing a merchant with horses and camels along the Silk Roads. Luotoucheng, Gansu Province, China; circa 221-317 C.E. Courtesy Gaotai County Museum.
Treasures Along the Silk Roads
Using images of art objects from the Silk Roads, students will generate word maps that act as creative writing prompts. The archaeological finds act as entry points to introduce students to the rich cultural traditions of the region. more
Book by John Major, illustrated by Stephen Fieser.
Trade Along the Silk Roads
Students create an illustrated atlas of trade goods along the Silk Roads. more
A beggar in Chennai, India
Poor Want a Job, Not Benevolence
About half of the world's population now lives on less than $2 a day. more