Asia and Pacific Islands: Peace Corps
Over two dozen lessons address stories, letters, and folk tales that focus on Peace Corps Volunteer experiences in Asia and the Pacific islands. Topics include arranged marriages, learning a new language and culture, different cultural perspectives, rural Mongolian nomadic culture, cultural and economic complexities in China, learning to speak Chinese, what constitutes a good job, resolving contrasting values between cultures (Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea).
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Africa: Peace Corps
offers lessons on stories, letters, photos, and study units from experiences of Peace Corps volunteers across Africa. Topics include folk tales and patterns in them, racial prejudice in South Africa, life in a village of Tanzania, traditional healers and HIV/AIDS, the meaning of wealth, sharing and generosity, what it takes to be a hero, time and punctuality, perspectives of different cultures, and water.
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21A.217 Anthropology of War and Peace (MIT)
This class has been reorganized to focus primarily on the War in Iraq. As in previous years, the class still examines war in cross-cultural perspective, asking whether war is intrinsic to human nature, what causes war, how particular cultural experiences of war differ, and how war has affected American culture.
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STS.S28 Godzilla and the Bullet Train: Technology and Culture in Modern Japan (MIT)
This course explores how and why Japan, a late-comer to modernization, emerged as an industrial power and the world's second-richest nation, notwithstanding its recent difficulties. We are particularly concerned with the historical development of technology in Japan especially after 1945, giving particular attention to the interplays between business, ideology, technology, and culture. We will discuss key historical phenomena that symbolize modern Japan as a technological power in the world; spe
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21H.522 Japan in the Age of the Samurai: History and Film (MIT)
This course covers medieval Japanese society and culture from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries, when political power rested largely in the hands of feudal warriors. Topics include religion (especially Zen Buddhism); changing concepts of "the way of the warrior;" women under feudalism; popular culture; and protest and rebellion. Presentations include weekly feature films. Assigned readings include many literary writings in translation.
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17.486 Japan and East Asian Security (MIT)
This subject is designed for graduate students interested in international politics, national security and comparative political economy in East Asia. It examines the political, military, and economic challenges facing Japan, its neighbors, and the international system under conditions of great uncertainty. Topics range from the history of once "new" world orders to theories that inform our understanding of international affairs and foreign policy decision-making, as each is related to Japan. We
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17.537 Politics and Policy in Contemporary Japan (MIT)
This subject is designed for upper level undergraduates and graduate students as an introduction to politics and the policy process in modern Japan. The semester is divided into two parts. After a two-week general introduction to Japan and to the dominant approaches to the study of Japanese history, politics and society, we will begin exploring five aspects of Japanese politics: party politics, electoral politics, interest group politics, bureaucratic politics, and policy, which will be broken u
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Peace of Paris (1783)
Video accompanied with text. "After Yorktown, the citizens of Britain tired of the war in the American colonies. They were also greatly in debt and had suffered immense losses in India, the West Indies, Asia, and Africa. In February 1782, the House of Commons voted against continuing the war, and in March 1782 Lord North resigned, ending the rule of King George III. The new ministry included old friends of the Americans and was headed by Lord Rockingham who was prepared to negotiate a peace sett
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World War II: Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor (Britannica.com)
On December 7, 1941, Japanese airplanes strike the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War II.
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Geography of Japan
This is a slide show (no narration) about the geography of Japan. Yhe slide show includes the different landforms and water forms that can be found in the area. The viewer may have to open the images to 'full screen' as many of the slides have detailed maps.
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Middle East Peace?
In the wake of this week's peace summit in Annapolis, Bill Moyers Journal profiles the politically powerful group Christians United for Israel (CUFI), whose leader Pastor John Hagee wants to bring millions of Christians together to support Israel. But some say his message is dangerous: "It is time for America to...consider a military preemptive strike against Iran to prevent a nuclear holocaust in Israel and a nuclear attack in America." Bill Moyers Journal reports on CUFI and then gets theol
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Women Fight for Peace
Instructed by a dream and organized in prayer, leymah Gbowee and thousands of everyday women in liberia -- both Christians and Muslims alike -- confronted warlords and a corrupt president to successfully fight for peace and dignity in their war-torn nation. "I realized that every problem we encounter on this journey, I'm going to rise above it and lead these women because they trusted me with their lives and their future," says Gbowee. Journal guest host lynn Sherr interviews leymah Gbowee and
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Lesson #11 - Eating Out in Japan
Learn Japanese travel phrases with SurvivalPhrases.com! A little Japanese can go such a long way! Whether you’re traveling to Japan for business or pleasure, these phrases will help make your trip much more pleasant and meaningful! Today, we’ll go over a greeting you’ll hear whenever you enter a business establishment. You’ll hear this phrase being said [...]
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Danceroid Japan
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Oasis of Peace
Problems arise when people simply do not understand one another. At the community school in Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam - named in both Hebrew and Arabic - children learn both languages at a very young age, thus cultivating a spirit of communication and mutual understanding. The village is a true rarity, as Jews and Palestinian Arabs live together in cooperation and respect.
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Newsreel - Kennedy speech: Peace Corps [3-13-1961]
News broadcast announcing Kennedy's creation of the Peace Corps.
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World War II: Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor
A very short video using actual footage of the damage done at Pearl Harbor during and after the attack. Not much value here except to show the students what it was really like without Hollywood's input.

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Churchill Sinews of Peace (Iron Curtain)
clips from Churchill's famous "Sinews of Peace" (popularly called the "Iron Curtain" speech)
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Buddhism and Shinto in Japan
This a brief but informative description of the Japanese religion, Buddhism. It is short, concise and colorful but not too much detail. It would be good for general study.

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500 NATIONS (PART 8) - The Path of Peace
This is a clip from the six-hour documentary series 500 Nations, which is a comprehensive history of Native American history in the US after the arrival of explorers from other countries. Vintage photos are included in the video.
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