Topic: Asia

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Current Event December 12, 2017

North Korea Claims it is a Nuclear Power

Politics Asia war

North Korea has tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, which has reached further than any previous missile. This puts the United States in range of the missile. However, many wonder if North Korea has the capability to put a nuclear warhead on the missile, which would create a more dangerous situation. President Trump has responded by saying we would take care of the situation. Listen to hear how vital communication between the two countries is in maintaining a stable relationship.

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Current Event November 28, 2017

Religious Controversy at the Taj Mahal

Religion Asia

India's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal, is an example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India's rich history. Now it is at the center of a bitter controversy. Hindu nationalists say the Muslim emperor who built India's iconic monument was a "traitor." The construction of the mausoleum was completed in the 1640s as a mausoleum for Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan’s favorite wife. Listen to hear about how India’s national pride along with religious ideas are contributing to this controversy.

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Current Event November 27, 2017

U.S. China Trade Relationship Shaky

Economics Asia Trade

China is currently the United States’ biggest source of imports and one of its top export markets. President Trump has promised to enforce U.S. trade laws and agreements and promote free and fair trade with China. President Trump recently met with China’s president, Xi Jinping, to discuss trade practices. But the trade relationship is still shaky. Another focus in the relationship with China is the rapid increase of Chinese investment in U.S. start up companies. Listen to learn about the realities of investments and trade between the U.S. and China.

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Current Event November 20, 2017

Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar: A Diplomat's View

Race Religion Asia

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled from their homes in Myanmar, also known as Burma, into Bangladesh since the end of August to escape the violence from the Burmese military. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in a majority Buddhist country, and the violence has been called “ethnic cleansing” by some. The Burmese government’s stance is that their actions are in response to the attacks by an armed group of Rohingya against the Burmese police. Listen to hear about this crisis and what the Burmese government and United States government are doing to help the Rohingya.

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Current Event August 23, 2017

U.S. Threatens North Korea Over New Weapon

Politics Asia

The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead. A warhead of that size can sit on a missile and create a serious threat to the United States. Upon hearing this news President Donald Trump has responded forcefully stating, “They [North Korea] will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Listen to learn about Korea’s nuclear warheads, and what is thought to be North Korea’s reasoning for revealing this new information.

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Current Event August 17, 2017

Malala Turns 20 and Reflects

Gender Education Asia

The youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize is 20-year old Malala Youzafzai, a Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for going to school, has campaigned tirelessly for girls’ rights to education. Youzafzai recently finished high school in England and is looking forward to not only continuing her own education, but ensuring access to education for girls in regions of the Middle East that are undergoing political and societal chaos. Listen to learn more about her struggle to stay optimistic in the face of overwhelming adversity.

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Current Event April 24, 2017

Tensions between North Korea and the U.S.

Politics Asia Global US government

During his trip to South Korea, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea against testing the “strength of the Armed Forces of the United States”. The warning came a day after a failed ballistic missile test in North Korea. Pence also described the U.S. alliance with South Korea as “ironclad” and “immutable”. Listen to learn more about how the Trump administration is taking a more aggressive stance against North Korea.

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Current Event February 21, 2017

Making Lunch in Japan is High Stakes

Gender Elementary Asia

Packing a child's lunch in Japan can take more than an hour, since moms create bento lunches that take lunch ingredients and transform them into cute characters. Ham and rice can be made into Pokemon, cute animals, or famous people. It's called character bento, or kyaraben, and there's a lot of pressure to produce these food creations. In Japan, women are highly educated, but about 70 percent quit working after having children. Thus a lot of talent and creative energy is sometimes going into creating competitively cute lunches. Listen to hear more about the lunch making culture in Japan.

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Current Event February 14, 2017

North Korea is Increasing Nuclear Threat

Politics Asia

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile recently that few for about 300 miles and landed in the Sea of Japan. The test increases the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. The Prime Minister of Japan called the test "absolutely intolerable". If a nuclear warhead can be paired with a missile of this power, North Korea would be able to use the threat of nuclear attack to deter the United States from interfering in its affairs. Listen to learn more about North Korean weapon development and the danger it poses for the United States.

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Current Event January 6, 2017

Debate: What Helps Students Learn Best? A Lesson from China

Education Asia

China is working to improve its public education by focusing on sparking curiosity and encouraging students to think independently. Traditionally, the focus was on gathering knowledge, passing tests and following orders. Now, students in some schools do their own research and discuss their ideas, which is helping to improve student achievement. In a country where Chinese authorities traditionally assign students’ college majors and jobs, these changes in the education model will help students think for themselves and also thrive in Chinese society.

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Current Event September 6, 2016

China Builds Up Military Presence in South China Sea

Asia

Over the past few years, China has turned reefs in the South China Sea into artificial islands. Rival countries in the region have disagreed about who owns the islands. Satellite images show that China is possibly militarizing those islands by building ports, landing strips and military aircrafts. New images indicate China is building large hangars for aircraft. Listen to the story to hear about this possible militarization and what it could mean for the region.

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Current Event August 23, 2016

Japan's Emperor Tradition About to Change

Politics Asia Global

A Japanese emperor hasn't voluntarily stepped away from the throne in nearly 200 years. In a televised speech, the current Japanese leader, Emperor Akihito, hinted that he may step down. He talked about his failing health and his difficulty in keeping up with his duties. Changing the Japanese law would be a break from tradition, as Japan has the world's longest-running hereditary monarchy: 2,600 years. Listen to hear more about the Japanese monarchy and tradition.

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Current Event May 31, 2016

US Lifts Arms Ban on Vietnam

Asia Trade

President Obama visited Vietnam recently, making him only the third U.S. President to visit this country. The Vietnam War ended in 1975 when the U.S. withdrew combat forces and the country was united under communism. For the last 50 years the U.S. has banned weapons sales to the communist government. Obama ended that ban in Vietnam because as China becomes aggressive in the Western Pacific, the United States wants to strengthening its ties to Vietnam. China and Vietnam are neighbors and share Communist ideology. Listen to hear more about this new policy.

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Current Event November 27, 2015

Debate: Exam Stress

Asia Learning

The biggest test in the life of a South Korean teenager is the college entrance exam. All high school seniors take it on the same day each year, and there are many preparations to make sure students can fully concentrate on the exam. In South Korea, there is a belief that you will fail at everything unless you do well on this exam. However, if you do well, you go to a good school and get a good job. That’s a lot of pressure for students. This exam is much like the SAT or ACT in the United States. Listen to this story and discuss this with your students. Then debate: Should one test be this important?

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