On a scale ranging from 1 to 10, I would give a Southeast Asia a 7 on how much geography impacts diversity. In different Southeast Asian countries, the geography of where you lives impacts the culture and makes many of the Southeast Asian countries diverse. In many different parts of Southeast Asia, different taboos have been adapted because of different people and their cultural traits. For example, some countries find black teeth as a way to show beauty and other countries view self impaling as a way to communicate with God and cleanse themselves.
Based on the geography and forms of nature in an area, different art forms are found in Southeast Asia. For example, in different Southeast Asian countries, music is different. Depending on if you live in a rural or urban area, different resources can be found which contribute to different musical instruments and ideas for songs. In rural areas, smaller ensembles and solo instruments are found here, compared to urban areas where larger ensembles are found. Rural and urban areas also help determine family life in Southeast Asia regions. For example, if you live in a rural area, you may tend to have a larger family compared to a family living in an urban area. Many people adapt their ideas and cultural traits making the geography of Southeast Asia so diverse.
Traditional and modern cultural traits are evident when talking about Japanese arts. One of the cultural traits the Japanese live by is strict discipline. In the Japanese culture, many men perform in a noh, which is the oldest form of Japanese drama. This relates to the cultural trait of strict discipline because when men perform in the nohs, they have a really strict duty to act and perform as best as they can. Most of the art in Japan is traditional and has a huge impact on the Japanese culture today. Another culture trait is having a love for nature. Many Japanese paintings are based off of the beauty of nature. Nature plays a big part in the sculptures and paintings done in Japan. Music in Japan is influenced by the Western culture and it has been adapted into the Japanese culture. The forms of Japanese art has influenced many cultures all around the world.
Communism plays a big role in the environmental issues in China. Because of the government not wanting to clear up water and air pollution, the polluted areas are becoming more of a calamity. For example, there is so much radioactive waste in China at the moment that the amount of waste could fill 90,000 Olympic swimming pools. Even though there is so much waste, the government wants to do nothing about it. Because of that reason, nothing is being done to clean all of the pollution up. Also, the government is putting regulations on farmers selling diseased pigs because they don’t want people to die and lower their population. The government is more worried about the future of China and it’s advantages in technology. Communism plays a key role in the enviromental issues in China.
The toppling of a tyrannical government, other wise known as the Arab Spring, had two main causes. One main cause was the global economic crisis that struck in 2008. Commodity prices grew higher and there were problems with oil production and distrubution which led to fuel and food prices growing even higher. In the Arab world, the global economic downturn resulted in high levels of unemployment. These factors made countries that were already suffering from political repression feel pressure.
Another main cause was the Tunisian street vendor who started the pro-democracy movement. The young man, Muhammad Bouazizi, lit himself on fire in front of a municipal building. He had done this because of the desperation over his harassment by the police. This led to protests being started by other locals who we’re suffering also with difficult conditions. The protest movements spread to other parts of the city and made Tunisia’s leader resign after over 20 years in office. This eventually spread to other areas, like Egpty and Libya, causing the citizens to speak out. These both largely contributed to the start of the Arab Spring.
As I am dropped off at the corner on an unfamiliar street in Baghdad, I am surprised with what I see. As I look down the street, Iraqi civilians are walking down the street, smiling and enjoying life. I see colorful stores lined up next to the sidewalk, with people entering and exiting. There are cars driving around, in a nice and ordearly fashion. There are Iraqi soldiers with tanks and guns lining the streets, watching the people and cars. I am surprised there are so little of them, I thought there would be soldiers everywhere. I see bright restaurants with lights and music and Iraqi civilians smiling as they enter. I am very surprise with the sights I see, it is a lot better then I thought it would be.