asian studies research topics

1. A (Re)Vision of Partition: Bapsi Sidhwa's Cracking India.

Desc: This paper argues that Sidhwa's novel assumes a Muslim perspective - although her main characters are Parsee - and, in the process, restores some sense of balance to popular representations of Partition. 5 pgs. 7 f/c. 1b.

2. A Brief History of Taoism.

Desc: This paper will discuss the history of Taoism, and the historic figures that contributed to this ancient Chinese philosophy. By understanding these progressions through history, we can see that this manner of philosophy is still practiced in modern times.

3. A Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems: The United States and Japan.

Desc: This ten-page undergraduate level paper compares the economic systems of Japan and the United States. The author discusses main industries, natural resources, labor factors, government regulation, and other related aspects of the two economic systems.

4. A comparison of the Three Kingdoms: Paikche, Koguryo, Silla

Desc: This paper outlines the similarities and differences in politics, culture, and religion of these three kingdoms. This paper will argue that the Silla kingdom's eventual embrace of Chinese culture, and in particular Buddhism, that allowed it to finally triumph over the other kingdoms in its struggle for peninsular supremacy. 3 pgs. 3 f/c. 4b.

5. A Critical Examination of Throwing the Emperor From His Horse .

Desc: This paper is a critical examination of Peter Sebolt's book, "Throwing the Emperor from His Horse: Portrait of a Village Leader in China". This book examines the many political changes that hit the town of HouHua from 1925 to 1995, yet also prove that these changes made little to no difference in the lives of those involved. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

6. A Critical Review of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace by Le Ly Hayslip.

Desc: This paper will analyze the book When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace by Le Ly Hayslip. By understanding the culture of the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, we can see a perspective from the Asian side of the conflict.

7. A Discussion of the Effects of the Mongol Invasions of the 13th Century Upon China, Korea and Japan

Desc: 2913 A Discussion of the Effects of the Mongol Invasions of the 13th Century Upon China, Korea and Japan.4 pgs. 0 f/c. 0b.

8. A General Overview of Chinese pottery in History.

Desc: This paper will discuss Chinese pottery and its many facets in a general overview. A brief synopsis of history associated with the ceramics will be attached. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

9. A Look at Commercial Banking in India.

Desc: This paper will take a detailed look at the development of banking in India in the post-Independence period, giving a special focus to commercial banking. What it will try to do is develop the relation between capital formation and economic growth. It will argue that this has really only happened in the post-1991 period. 15 pgs. 30 f/c. 13b.

10. A Mixed Assessment: The Han Empire under Emperor Wu-ti.

Desc: This paper assesses the Han Empire under the Emperor Wu-ti and discusses the pros and cons. In the end, any assessment of Emperor's Wu-ti's reign is mixed. On the positive side, his innovations shaped the development of the imperial state for centuries, while his military achievements shaped the territorial geography of China. However, these were accomplished at a considerable economic and human cost to the country as a whole. 10.5 pgs. 17 f/c. 5b.

11. A Review of Guha and O'Hanlon.

Desc: This paper reviews two authors' works. The first being "On Some Aspects of the Historiography of Colonial India." by Ranajit Guha. Guha argues that the historiography of Indian nationalism has traditionally been dominated by elitism, which has its roots in British rule. The second work is "Recovering the Subject: Subaltern Studies and Histories of Resistance in Colonial South Asia," by Rosalind O'Hanlon which deals with the main issue that Guha discusses. 5 pgs. 3 f/c. 2b.

12. A Social Science Analysis: Why the Mongols Were the Most Successful in facilitating Trade and Cultural Exchange in Eurasia

Desc: This paper will seek to understand how the Mongolians achieved great military and economic success through the use of horses. The Mongols used in their war campaigns in Eurasia. They also had the ability to protect valuable trade routes once they conquered the tribe or country they invaded. In this way, the Mongols united the Eurasian peoples, and helped to create a greater economic security throughout much of the Far and Near East.

13. A Sociological and Philosophical Analysis of Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami.

Desc: This paper will reveal the sociological and philosophical perspectives within the book Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami. By understanding how American values are present in Japanese culture, we can see how Ryu and her friends consort to nihilism in their sexual misconduct.

14. A Struggle for Power, not for Opium: A Look Back at the Opium War.

Desc: The Opium War of the mid-nineteenth century was a pivotal event in modern Chinese history as it marked both an end to China's isolation from the rest of the world, and also the beginning of China's long period of subjugation to the Western imperial powers. However, the argument that opium was the cause of the Opium War is to implicitly apply twenty-first century standards of morality to describe a nineteenth century imperialist war. This paper will argue that, although opium was one of the causes of the Opium War, the drug trade was actually a secondary element in the conflict. The primary cause of the conflict was the Chinese imperial government's ignorance and arrogance with respect to the challenge presented by the British. 9 pgs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

15. A Textual Exegesis of Classical Text in Chinese Philosophy: Text 1: from The Book of Changes.

Desc: This is a textual exegesis of the Classical Text in Chinese Philosophy. This text is taken from the classic of Chinese philosophy known as The Book of Changes. As will be seen, a textual exegesis of the passage on the literal level reveals some of the reasons for the popularity of the "Way of Changes" when it first originated.

16. A Victim of its Own Success: A History of Puppetry in Chinese Drama.

Desc: This paper will demonstrate that it is impossible to truly understand the history and evolution of the Chinese theatre without studying the role of puppetry as a performing art. This paper will show the history of puppetry in Chinese drama from its origins at the time of the Han dynasty. As will be seen, puppetry is one of the oldest forms of performing art in China, and in fact may have had a great influence upon the shape and performing styles of later drama involving human actors. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

17. Addressing the Chinese Myth as a Source of Cultural Awareness and an Understanding of the Natural World.

Desc: This paper demonstrates how the myths of China apply to Birrell's argument, where the mythology of the country is not essentially "myth" but also incorporates elements of historical and cultural events. Because of this combination of fantasy and history, the myths of China therefore present the Chinese point of view into humanity, nature, and the intersection of these two forces.

18. Advantages And Disadvantages Of China Entering WTO.

Desc: Summary: This paper will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Chinese entering the World Trade Organization. By understanding the different elements of this type of major deal in trade, we can see how this might affect the lives of the Chinese on a world basis. The effects of internationalization of this country has been an issue in recent times, and this deal would have significant affects on China.

19. Aesthetics and Military Tradition: The Dialectical Tension.

Desc: This four-page undergraduate paper discusses the historical development of Japanese character and culture in terms of the dialectical tension between the extremes of high aesthetics and the raw power of military tradition. The expression of these in modern times is also examined, as is the issue of how tradition influences contemporary Japan. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

20. Albert Einstein.

Desc: This paper looks at Einstein's life. The effects of his early life and how that influenced his later work is looked at. This paper looks at his life as typical and extraordinary. 6 pgs. 4 f/c. 10b.

21. An Analysis of the History of Chinese Characters.

Desc: This paper will cover the history and evolution of the Chinese character. In showing the way that the symbols evolved in the language, we can see why they changed in retrospect. By understanding this, the ideals for a foundation of critique can be revealed, in the metamorphic nature of language in the history of China. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

22. An Examination of the Political Involvement of Buddhism during the Ming Dynasty.

Desc: This essay will examine the political involvement of Buddhism in the period of the Ming dynasty. It will be seen that this political involvement must be considered in terms of the conflict between Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism for dominance in the political life of China. In the time of the Ming Dynasty Buddhism was declining in influence among the Chinese elite and governing class. However, during this era of increasingly autocratic and chaotic political life, Buddhism became increasingly popular among the local and regional gentry class who began to disengage from the official administrative structures of Chinese political life. It will be argued that the Buddhist concept of "withdrawal" had clear political ramifications in this context, and was understood as such by the Neo-Confucian elite at the time, leading to increased criticism and suppression of a belief system that was increasingly at odds with the Neo-Confucian ideology of the Chinese state. 12 pgs. bibliography lists 5 sources.

23. Analysis of the One-Child policy in China: Economic success or failure

Desc: Since the days of Thomas Malthus, population growth has been a curiosity for economists. Over the course of 200 years, it seems as though the 'science' of population and its effects on economic growth, however, has not risen to a much higher level. Was Malthus right in his doomsday predictions? Will mother nature control the world's population if we do not take the initiative? Looking to the rampant spread of AIDS in Africa, the region with the highest population growth rate in the world, the answer seems clear. Or what about the various flus and plagues that worked to keep Europe's population at bay over the past several centuries? Some countries have chosen to learn from history and Malthus' teachings and used preventative checks to prevent nature from intervening. Here, China is probably the most notorious example. In 1979, China enacted a one-child only policy that was aimed at curbing its rapid rate of population growth. This paper analyzes the effects of this policy and finds that it has resulted in positive returns to per capita GDP. While it is impossible to isolate the effects of the one-child policy from the other components of the country's economic reforms that were launched in 1978, it logically follows that reductions in the growth rate of the country's population has been an important contributor to economic growth. Most importantly, the policy has helped to educate the populace about controlling population levels and paved the way for the process of demographic transition. There is evidence that people are now voluntarily having fewer children, realizing that it is more conducive to economic development. Whatever the precise economic successes are, this shift in societal perceptions is the policy's most important achievement. 50 pgs. bibliography lists 22 sources.

24. Analytical Approaches of the Modern Historian

Desc: This paper discusses the problems and trials faced by modern historians or archaeologists when trying to piece together the workings of ancient cultures. Specifically, what conclusions might be drawn when examining an ancient culture such as the Chinese Tang Dynasty and how the women were treated in that time? Could the women's lives be reconstructed with some accuracy?

25. Ancestor Worship in China: The Tradition of Honoring the Departed.

Desc: This paper concentrates on four specific areas of Chinese religious and philosophical teachings that concern the practice of ancestor worship. These traditions are Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and traditional folk religions. A general overview of the rituals specific to each tradition is noted. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

26. Ancient Chinese Art.

Desc: This paper takes a look at Chinese ancient art, in particular the art and cultures of Longshan and Yangshao. This paper will compare their histories and specifically, the differences in pottery techniques and styles. The Neolithic period began in China about 12,000 BC and lasted until about 2,000 BC. However, good evidence of Neolithic settlements exists from only about 5,000 BC. It is defined by a spread of settled agricultural communities and by farming tools and other items excavated at this time. These included several items used in farming such as a shovel, hoe, knife, sickle and grinding tools. Pottery was also present during this time period and has provided many clues into the culture of the time.

27. Ancient Japanese Pottery: An Analysis of Jomon Artistry

Desc: This paper examines pottery from the middle Jomon period of ancient Japan, roughly 2500 BC until 1000 BC. The paper provides a general overview of art and culture during this period in Japan, but focuses most of its analysis upon two specific pieces of middle Jomon pottery, a ceramic pot and an earthenware bowl. Together, these pieces demonstrate a society that had developed a high degree of artistry without the rigid aesthetic trappings often found in similarly developed societies.

28. Article Summary.

Desc: The paper is structured such that a handful of practical indicators to measure environmental sustainability are identified on the basis of a few selected criteria. These indicators are then applied to the present day scenario in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) to assess whether they are environmentally sustainable levels. Finally, practical options are suggested.

29. Asian American Immigrant Rights

Desc: This paper will discss Asian American Immigrants and their rights and conditions in America. Housing conitions, labor pratices and racism will be addressed. The use of Asian American Immigrants in the grament indstry will be emphasized as this is the area they have fewest rights in. Also disussed are organizations that are making efforts to help Asians and their rights in America.

30. Asian Culture and History

Desc: This paper considers how Asian culture and history affects economic development today and shows in temrs of colonial elemnegs in areas like China as the countires in thes ereigons seek to become more enmeshed in world trade and so becoem more engaged with teh rest of the world, something many of them have long avoided because they see the West as a pollutant,

31. Asian Faiths.

Desc: This six-page paper presents a detailed discussion on the religions that are predominately popular in Japan and the Ainu population. In Japan the predominate faith is Buddhism while the Ainu culture the primary faith involves animism belief. The two have several things in common as well as many differences. There were four sources used to complete this paper. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

32. Asian-Caucasian Inter-racial dating in The Media

Desc: This paper analyses the presence and roles of both male and female Asian American characters in Hollywood movies. Female characters are often portrayed as exotic, sensual and often submissive both to White and Asian males. Asian males are often portrayed as evil men or martial marts experts but in any case as sexual or masculine individuals that can attract the attention of either White or Asian females.

33. Aspects of Prostitution in Japan

Desc: This paper takes a look at prostitution in Japan, reviewing its history, comparing attitudes regarding it with attitudes regarding prostitution in the West, and reviewing the state of prostitution in Japan today.

34. Assimilation in the Korean Culture.

Desc: This is an 8-page paper that suggests an educational plan that will better allow assimilation onto the Korean cultural nation based on the cultural taxonomies. 8-pages, bibliography lists 7 sources.

35. Attachment vs. Detachment to this World.

Desc: This essay will focus on the theme of attachment vs. detachment to "this world" through the lens of Tokugawa Japanese culture. This will include a comparison of two basic works, including Matsuo Basho's poetry and Chikamatsu Monzaemon dramatic writing. Both artists reveal very similar themes, including humanity's connection to nature and the overall tragedy of the human condition. The works were expressed in a simple language that reached all people, including commoners. 9 pgs. 13 f/c. 8b.

36. Case Study: Chinese Fireworks Industry.

Desc: This case study analysis examines the business and economic characteristics of the Chinese fireworks industry in order to determine whether it would make a good investment possibility. The study identifies the major issues involved, analyzes the competition, performs a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) matrix analysis, outlines a set of recommendations based on possible courses of action, and finally lists a specific course that seems to best capture the results of the previous analytical material. MLA format.

37. China and Its Shifting Foreign Policy.

Desc: This paper will look at China in the international arena, focusing specially on its shifting foreign policy in the 1970s. Of all China's shifts in strategy, it is often argued that this one easily marked as the most important. For, it may have shifted the balance of power in the Cold War era and completely changed the face of international relations. Indeed, it will be shown that, though the shifts in Chinese policy in 1970 were unquestionably significant, taken in the course of the entire post-war era they were not completely unanticipated. In fact, it seems better to say that the quick move to side with the Americans was China's 'trademark' response in an effort to protect its own security interests. This assertion can only be understood with a greater understanding of China's post-war policy behaviour, to which the following section turns. 9 pgs. 21 f/c. 8b.

38. China in the Future.

Desc: This paper considers the question of whether China will become a democracy. Turabian format.

39. China's Political Economic Changes and Globalization.

Desc: The world may be ready for China to emerge as an economic powerhouse, but many of its people aren't. Shanghai, the most modern and progressive of its urban centers is playing a crucial role leading the country to a free-market democracy. While free markets in several forms exist in China now, democracy does not and may prove to be the last major change China will undergo. It is the purpose of this paper to examine how the politics of Shanghai are leading the modernization of the rest of the country and subsequently expanding the world globalization efforts. These political changes have been almost entirely economic, but they are significant. Therefore, by examining the economic changes in Shanghai, we also examine their political reform.

40. China-Taiwan Relations.

Desc: This eleven-page undergraduate paper discusses China-Taiwan relations. The relations between the two have been a source of major concern for both the countries. The Taiwanese demand for an independent land has triggered many problems including the fear of a military uprising. 11 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

41. China: Political Economic Changes and Globalization.

Desc: The world may be ready for China to emerge as an economic powerhouse, but many of its people aren't. Shanghai, the most modern and progressive of its urban centers is playing a crucial role leading the country to a free-market democracy. While free markets in several forms exist in China now, democracy does not and may prove to be the last major change China will undergo. It is the purpose of this paper to examine how the politics of Shanghai are leading the modernization of the rest of the country and subsequently expanding the world globalization efforts. These political changes have been almost entirely economic, but they are significant. Therefore, by examining the economic changes in Shanghai, we also examine their political reform.

42. Chinese Drama as a Site of Social and Political Disruption.

Desc: This paper argues that Chinese drama in both the capital and the provinces has historically been recognized by political authorities as a potential source of political and social unrest. 5.5 pgs. 9 f/c. 3b.

43. Chinese Immigration 1850-1860.

Desc: This paper is written at second year level. It reviews the events during the Chinese immigration from 1850 till 1860.

44. Comparison of Portuguese and Chinese Immigrant.

Desc: A Comparison of Portuguese and Chinese Immigrant Groups, and how they have Integrated into Canadian Society over the past 20-30 years.

45. Culture and Religion in Japan.

Desc: This is a 8-page paper in MLA style that depicts the religion and culture in Japan and relates the progress and development as seen throughout the world. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

46. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze.

Desc: The world transforming into global village has witnessed Cultural Revolution in almost all the parts of the world. China is another country that has undergone various changes in terms of its cultural patterns and the corresponding variations that took place and transformed the picture of the modern China from that of the country in the ancient times. This research paper discusses the smooth transitions that marked the culture and the people of China.

47. Women and Social Change in Silla and Koryo.

Desc: In Silla and Koryo women exercised a degree of political power that they did not possess again between 1392 and 1945. The sources and manifestations of this political power are identified. Subsequently, women's precipitous decline and exclusion after 1392 is briefly examined and causes are sought in the Silla and Koryo period. It will be demonstrated that women exercised considerably more influence in the earlier period than they did subsequent to 1392. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

48. Women in Koryo and Choson.

Desc: This paper will discuss the status and position of women in Koryo and Choson, which are integral parts of ancient Korean history and civilization. An attempt will be made to trace the status of women throughout these two eras, and to highlight their restrained home-based condition within a primarily patriarchal societal structure.

49. Women in Tokugawa Japan: The Textual Evidence.

Desc: This paper examines the position, status and roles of women in Tokugawa Japan. The analysis is based on contemporary texts that reveal that supposed in light of the dominance of the Neo-Confucian ethic. Women filled more varied roles and, potentially, exercised more influence than is commonly. 11 pgs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.