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Handbook Of Asian Education

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Comprehensive and authoritative, this Handbook provides a nuanced description and analysis of educational systems, practices, and policies in Asian countries and explains and interprets these practices from cultural, social, historical, and economic perspectives.

Using a culture-based framework, the volume is organized in five sections, each devoted to educational practices in one civilization in Asia: Sinic (the common culture of China, the Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, and related cultures of Korea and Vietnam), Japanese, Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu. Culture and culture identities essentially are civilization identities; the major differences among civilizations are rooted in their different cultures. This framework better captures the essence of the diverse educational systems and practices of Asian countries than other possible approaches such as the forms of government or geographical locations.

Each section opens with an overview of the civilization and its history, philosophy, and values that have had an impact on education, includes chapters on both the formal schooling system and out-of-school educational practices, and concludes with a chapter on how immigrants from the civilization have come to live in the West, how they are educated, and how they are adapting to their new homes.

Uniquely combining description and interpretation of educational practices in Asia, this Handbook is a must-have resource for education researchers and graduate students in international and comparative education, globalization and education, multicultural education, sociocultural foundations of education, and Asian studies, and for educational administrators and education policy makers.


Harmony Versus Conflict In Asian Business

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This book is a timely evaluation of how a harmonious business environment can be created and managed successfully in an increasingly turbulent era. It illustrates how diversity within East-West business is valuable to the development of new approaches in managing harmony for practitioners.


Asian Businesses In A Turbulent Environment

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Asian economies today command much attention from scholars and practitioners, yet they continue to face crises and challenges such as globalization, regional conflict, pressure for greater democracy and environmental protection; to name but a few. Asian Businesses in a Turbulent Environment explores how Asian firms cope with these challenges, and the impact that rising above them will have in their growth prospects. Starting with conceptual analyses of crises and their impact on local markets and societies, this book will also study leadership styles for conflict management and the strategies adopted by Asian firms from various countries including the location choice and entry mode of multinationals, knowledge transfer and cultural shifts, social capital and knowledge development, and environmental management in the supply chain.


Dismissing Nothing? A Cosmic Birth Part 1

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Think of what you wish and it was unavailable when the Universe started because it wasn't present. Whatever you are able to think of or not think of was not in place to be thought of at the point when the Universe started. Numerical numbers and numbers in order came eternities later as a thought that progressed from inventions that came before and forming as part of how the Universe grew into what became available. The number one was one such a number into which the Universe grew as one came as an invention in a planned future. You reading this were not a possibility. The words you read and the thought you think was not yet invented. The space from which to gather the electricity to charge the thought you use was not invented. What you are in terms of what you think you are was never yet a concept because being a concept was not yet a concept. It is said that Einstein proved that the Universe started with one point, a single point but as usual I am going to be different. It did not start with one point because when it reached the one point stage the Universe was well on its way to progress into what it is now, and opportunity already had value. I am referring to when opportunity did not exist as a concept because a concept did not yet realise. Please read very carefully for I have to use words that were not to describe events that did not yet take place to show what was never in place before. If I say there was blank then that is incorrect because being blank is valid by meaning in definition and blankness at that point had no meaning to form definitions because blankness was not part of what was in place. Even vacant ness was much more than what was available. The number 0 representing nothing was not in place because the number 0 holds a place and a space and a meaning and a symbolic value which was all still absent. If you think of a dot . not being there you are wrong because the vision of something forming a symbolic value such as the dot . was out of bound and the thought that there could be a symbol formed . was meaningless because being meaningless was yet some futuristic concept not yet conceived. Any shape of whatever form forming sequence was not yet conceived. A triangle was not yet in place. A straight line was something in the future and a circle was something not thought of. The law of Pythagoras was still to come as a master thought on which the rest was built. Numerical mathematics was something unheard of and being unheard of was what the Universe was still progressing towards but was not yet understood. Unheard-of was futuristic, something to progress towards. Being understood was unheard of because even nothing was a concept to progress towards as being brought by the future. It started with zero except zero was much in the future. When the Universe started there was no future because there was no past because there was no present. There was no zero because zero was still an idea to be invented because ideas still had to come. Even inventing was an idea still not part of the Universe. There was nothing except that nothing has a reference to something and when the Universe started there was no reference even to nothing. Even being in and part of a concept was still not invented because a concept was not invented yet. The fact that 0 meant something was not yet a practical part of the cosmic-idea because 0 was not yet thought of just because what we think of as meaning thought of was not yet thought of and thought of did not exist to be part of a meaningful Universe. Then came the Universe but as we think the Universe started such an idea is misplaced since it could not start anything before it first ended everything that was not. To start a process it had to end what was not a process and this changes everything we see in the Universe. This implicates the progress in time. Eternity still has to stop before infinity starts everything again and that is the process that is in place to this day."


Rise And Fall Of The Caucasian Race

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"An indispensable book. The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race takes the study of whiteness to a new level both historically and theoretically. No previous study of the familiar racial category-'white'-has attained such global breadth and analytical depth. It remedies a significant gap in the social scientific study of race, providing an intellectual history of whiteness that is both erudite and accessible."--Howard Winant, author of "The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice" "Clearly and stylishly written and argued. . . well-supported by wide-ranging research and striking knowledge. . . . The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race ranges across centuries and continents and moves from intellectual to political and social history gracefully."--David Roediger, author of T"he Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class""In racial discourse, the term 'Caucasian' has always had a scientific aura and a prestige elevated above that of the simpler colloquial 'white.' Bruce Baum's fascinating and extensively researched genealogy of the concept and its subsequent career provides an eye-opening history of the utter bogusness of these pretensions. As such, the book is not merely an invaluable addition to the recent 'whiteness' literature and a documentation of the myriad shifting possibilities of racialization, but a salutary reminder of the political economy that always underlies the category 'race.'"-- Charles W. Mills, author of "The Racial Contract""In charting the course of the 'Caucasian race' from a despised, barely European peoples to a scientific classification for white identity, Bruce Baum illuminates the socially constructed nature ofrace and the role of science in shaping it. His analysis of the changing fortunes of this curious concept demonstrates that even scientific inquiry is deeply influenced by the social and political assumptions of its time. By showing that the Caucasian race is a product of power rather than a racial group descended from the Caucasus region, The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race makes an important contribution to the study of race and whiteness." --Joel Olson, author of "The Abolition of White Democracy"Add[s] a needed dimension to the study of race in political science that I hope scholars beyond the field of theory will take to heart. --"Perspectives on Politics" The term "Caucasian" is a curious invention of the modern age. Originating in 1795, the word identifies both the peoples of the Caucasus Mountains region as well as those thought to be "Caucasian." Bruce Baum explores the history of the term and the category of the "Caucasian race" more broadly in the light of the changing politics of racial theory and notions of racial identity. With a comprehensive sweep that encompasses the understanding of "race" even before the use of the term "Caucasian," Baum traces the major trends in scientific and intellectual understandings of "race" from the Middle Ages to the present day.Baum's conclusions make an unprecedented attempt to separate modern science and politics from a long history of racial classification. He offers significant insights into our understanding of race and how the "Caucasian race" has been authoritatively invented, embraced, displaced, and recovered throughout our history.



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