Asian Studies

Asian Studies

1. We have used the Silk Road, Egyptologist, and Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to “Stretch the Boundaries of Asia” (answer all points)
a. Explain the significance of the term “Southwest Asia”.
b. Should the definition of Asia be extended to include this?
c. How is your own research (explain what this is) affected by the definition of what Asia represents?

2. Consider the Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: Stein, Hedin, Pelliot, and Warner (Choose two of the four and answer all points)
a. Explain the strength and weakness of two of the “Foreign Devils.”
b. Compare them with any other major figure we have studied.
c. If you were going on an adventure, who would you choose to work with and why?

3. Joseph Needham’s Discoveries (answer all points)
a. What inspired him to study China?
b. What are three of his main findings and why?
c. To what extent should he considered an “Orientalist”? Explain.

4. Arthur Waley’s Translations (answer all points)
a. What inspired him to study Japan (and China)?
b. What are three of his main translations and why?
c. To what extent should he be considered an “Orientalist”? Explain.

1. We have used the Silk Road, Egyptologist, and Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to “Stretch the Boundaries of Asia” (answer all points)
a. Explain the significance of the term “Southwest Asia”.
b. Should the definition of Asia be extended to include this?
c. How is your own research (explain what this is) affected by the definition of what Asia represents?

2. Consider the Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: Stein, Hedin, Pelliot, and Warner (Choose two of the four and answer all points)
a. Explain the strength and weakness of two of the “Foreign Devils.”
b. Compare them with any other major figure we have studied.
c. If you were going on an adventure, who would you choose to work with and why?

3. Joseph Needham’s Discoveries (answer all points)
a. What inspired him to study China?
b. What are three of his main findings and why?
c. To what extent should he considered an “Orientalist”? Explain.

4. Arthur Waley’s Translations (answer all points)
a. What inspired him to study Japan (and China)?
b. What are three of his main translations and why?
c. To what extent should he be considered an “Orientalist”? Explain.

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