East Asia Essay

701 words - 3 pages

1The tragedy of the Karen: 
Karen ­ Tribal people of Burma; never fully accepted into Burmese kingdom  
When British colonized Burma, 30% Karen converted to Christianity giving Karen people 
colonial government positions.  
Burmans resented the favoritism so after British left, conflicts between the Karen and 
Burmans arose.  
Karen’s rebelled establishing their own state and smuggled in goods between Thailand 
and Burma ­ also by mining gemstones in their region  
1990’s Burmese army had overrun the Karen with the help of Thailand assisting them to 
prevent sanctuary to Karen soldiers. 
 
The Deforestation of SE Asia:   ...view middle of the document...

8 in part of government 
promotion to family planning 
Indonesia ­ Has region’s largest pop. 206 million, and still above replacement level 
though government promotes family planning 
Cambodia ­ High TFR and lowest life expectancy in region die to civil strife and violence. 

Growth and migration ­ Indonesia has transmigrating which is the relocation of people 
from one region to another within same national territory like moving people from populated 
Java to outer islands.  
 
ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations: 
Concern about China from SE Asian nations provides motivation for ASEAN unity  
Mission is to facilitate regional political cooperation to control external global forces.  
Gives SE Asia geopolitical coherence but many state struggle with serious ethnic and 
regional tensions 
In 99’ Indonesia gave up the island of Timor. 
 
Vietnam war and the aftermath:  
Laos and Cambodia were involved in the war with communist Pathet Lao challenging 
Lao’s central government and communist Khmer Rouge gaining influence in Cambodia.  
Khmer Rouge installed brutal genocide lead by Pol Pot in Cambodia. City dwellers were ...

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