Students will write an 8-10 page paper researching a country of their choice. The country choice should be meaningful to the student, but is not the student’s home country and is not the United States. The country choice should be a country of interest and if possible (but not required) a country in which the student has had interaction with individuals of that country. Country Survey: China – tai-chi and international purchases from online retailers. Check on doing it on a Province within china or china as a whole?
A classic Country Survey consists of three primary sections: Economy, Culture and Government, but need not be in that order. The content will be graded on well written, paragraph form, APA format, 1” margins, citations with a reference page and cover page. Students will not have points deducted for going over the length limit but will have deductions made for the work being too short.
Economy should contain at minimum the following key points: * Written in paragraph form (bullets as appropriate to provide information) * Currency - Yen
* GNP/GDP - , according to the World Bank. China's gross domestic product grew by 9 percent in 2011 and is forecast to grow by 7.6 percent this year
Read more: BRICs: Investing In Emerging Markets | Bankrate.com http://www.bankrate.com/finance/investing/investing-in-emerging-markets.aspx#ixzz25FoH083R * Amount of free enterprise/entrepreneurship (for example: allowed or encouraged) The unemployment rate - Unemployment rate: 6.5% (2011 est.) 6.1% (2010 est.)
note: registered urban unemployment, which excludes private enterprises and migrants was 4.1% in 2010 Culture should contain a minimum of the following key points: * Written in paragraph form (bullets as appropriate to provide information) * Language – Several languages within the country but Mandarin is prevalent in most regions * Religions practiced, and percentage of the population/religion – Buddhism or Taoism Holidays - The traditional Chinese holidays are an essential part of Chinese culture. Many holidays are associated with Chinese mythology and folklore tales, but more realistically, they probably originated from ancient farmer rituals for celebrating harvests or prayer offerings. The most important Chinese holiday is the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), which is also celebrated in Korea, Vietnam, and other Asian countries. All traditional holidays are scheduled according to the Chinese calendar (except the Qing Ming and Winter Solstice days, falling on the respective Jie qi in the Agricultural calendar). Date| English Name| Chinese Name| Remarks|
Last day of lunar year| Chinese New Year Eve| • 除夕
• 大年夜| |
1st day of 1st lunar month| Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)| • 新年 • 農曆新年
• 春節 / 春节
• 大年初一| More fireworks after midnight, visit family members.| 15th day of 1st lunar month| Lantern Festival| • 元宵節 / 元宵节 • 小年| Lantern parade and lion dance celebrating the first full moon. Eating tangyuan. This day is also the last day of new year celebration.| 2nd day of 2nd lunar month| Zhonghe Festival (Blue Dragon Festival)| • 中和節 / 中和节 • 青龍節 / 青龙节| Eat Chinese pancakes (Chun bing, 春餅) and noodles, clean the house. Also known as Dragon Raising its Head| 3rd day of 3rd lunar month| Shangsi Festival| 上巳節 / 上巳节| Traditional Chinese Women's Day, also known as 婦女節(fùnǚjié)| At the Qingming solar term, solar longitude of 15°, 104 days after winter solstice (around 5 April)| Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Clear and Bright Festival)| 清明節 / 清明节| Visit, clean, and make offerings at ancestral gravesites, spring outing| 5th day of 5th lunar month| Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival)| 端午節 / 端午节| Dragon boat race, eat dumplings wrapped in lotus leaves Zongzi. This festival commemorates the ancient poet Qu Yuan; drink yellow rice wine, related to the White Snake Lady legend| 7th day of...