The Geography of East and Southeast Asia contains a wide array of
educational material pertaining to a complex and dynamic region of the
world. It covers a geographical overview and analysis of several modern
states in East and Southeast Asia, commonly known as Pacific Asia.
Pacific Asian economies have experienced various phases of economic
development since the end of World War II. Some like Japan are among the
most advanced economies in the world, while others have been left
behind. This region has strongly been shaped by globalization and the
emergence of the Chinese economic giant is likely to transform the
region well into the 21st century. Topics will include geographical and
socioeconomic features of: Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
Singapore and other countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia,
Vietnam and the Philippines. Problems and prospects of Asian development
in the region as well as geographical issues related to urbanization,
transport systems, agriculture and resource development are covered.
- An overview of the
geographical features underlining the vastness, heterogeneity and the
complexity of East and Southeast Asia.
- An inquiry on specific
historical, economic, social, cultural and political environments
related to each Pacific Asian country.
- An understanding current
issues, problems and prospects about Pacific Asia from a
- Topic 1 – The Pacific Asian Space
- Topic 2 – Historical Geography of Pacific Asia
- Topic 3 – Pacific Asian Economy and Society
- Topic 4 – Japan and its Corporate Hegemony
- Topic 5 – China, the Awakening Giant
- Topic 6 – East Asian Tigers: Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong
- Topic 7 – Southeast Asia
- Topic 8 – The Excluded: North Korea, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia
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Rodrigue, J-P (2006) The Geography of East and Southeast Asia,
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