“Learning about Asia is very eye opening and helpful in gaining not only a better understanding of what issues exist and why, but better yet how to go about solving those issues.” -Rhett Suciu
Starting the Conversation
We begin by learning about the history of China and Taiwan, how each was formed and the changes that they have been through up till now. Learning these facts first and from our professor who has lived in China and Asia for a good portion of his life, is very different from any history lesson in the United States. Because we are in the place where the history is being talked about, it brings a much greater meaning and understanding to the lessons being taught. The issues are still present and can be seen all around you.
What Caused the Divides
We then dive into the major differences between the Asian countries, what caused them to be different and how this affects their outlook on present world situations. Covering questions like what big issues created a divide between China, Taiwan, Japan, and many of the other countries around China. What strengths and weaknesses does this create for those countries, and where does the United States and other Western Countries fit into the picture?
Major Players and Companies
One of the other major players in the global infrastructure between countries are the major companies from each country that interact and do business with each other. These major companies create relationships between individuals within each country, which brings those countries closer to each other. Major companies such as Nissan, NEXCOM, TSMC, ICBC and Micron, are all large companies that have been present and affected the inter-country relationships. Especially when it comes to the difference of operating within and outside of China, due to rules and regulations that must be followed if within China.
Finally we discussed the major present issues happening during the weeks we are present in the country. Including major statements and actions from President Trump and Xi Jinping. We discussed these issues in depth and try to take the stance of Taiwan and other Asian countries as they decide how to react to these major decisions. The choices that these countries must make are made with great care due to their proximity to the issues at hand. The ability to think and decide on issues from this point of view has been incredibly eye opening.