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Over 10 lakh people suffer from lifestyle diseases in Chhattisgarh - The Times of India

Over 10 lakh people suffer from lifestyle diseases in Chhattisgarh - The Times of India | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
The changing profile of Chhattisgarh, from a backward state to a developing one, is having it’s adverse impact on the lifestyle and the health of the people too, as nearly 10.25 lakh people in the state suffer from chronic illness like diabetes, hypertension, asthma and arthritis.
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Diabetes and hypertension aren't only diseases of the affluent Western countries nowadays. Changing diets and types of work have brought these diseases to Asian countries too. 

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IIAS Photo Contest 2014 - Public Vote

Welcome to the album “IIAS Photo Contest 2014”. The contest celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden, the Netherlands; www.iias.nl). Cast your vote and decide which photo will win the “Public Vote”. To vote , click on the star at the bottom right-hand corner of the photo. This will place the photo on your “favourites” list. Only click once!!! 

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More than 1000 recent photos of places in Asia with captions!  What better place to start your exploration of the many changes the region is experiencing?

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Business Trends Asia Blog: Mudik and Lebaran in Indonesia

Business Trends Asia Blog: Mudik and Lebaran in Indonesia | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it

When American President Obama visited Indonesia in November 2010, "pulang kampung" or going home to the village, was one of the few words of Bahasa Indonesia he remembered  from this childhood in Jakarta.

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With more and more Indonesians living and working in the cities, "Lebaran" or the few days following the end of the fasting month is often the only chance to get home to visit family in the smaller villages and towns they left behind. 

You could follow up this blog by reading an article from The Jakarta Post newspaper that sees the Lebaran visit as a way of promoting rural development. Find it at http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/07/25/lebaran-and-homo-comparativus.html.

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Indian farmers rolling in clover with new drought-resistant rice strains

Indian farmers rolling in clover with new drought-resistant rice strains | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
THE monsoon rains have come late to northern India. In the past, that would have meant certain hardship.
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Indian rice farmers as members of the middle classes? A few years ago this would have seemed impossible, but now this farmer has bought himself a new car, and given it the number-plate 1121 in honour of the new rice variety that paid for it!

Basmati rice is becoming very popular all over the world for its low GI properties and India is now the world's largest exporter of rice, having taken over from Thailand just two years ago. This increase,  and the resultant greater profit to rice farmers, has been made possible by research leading to Basmati varieties with a shorter growing time to harvest and lower water needs.  

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Dyatmika School Bali - About Us

Dyatmika School Bali - About Us | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
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As in other Asian countries with rapidly rising incomes, many more parents are choosing to send their children to schools that offer a dual language programme, covering the national curriculum along with maximum exposure to English language . This school is in Bali, Indonesia.

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Falling under the megacity spell

Falling under the megacity spell | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
What attracts people to move to a megacity? Find out by watching this clip, which tracks Jakarta's rapid population...
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A World Vision clip highlighting a family who moved from a rural area seeking the opportunities that the national capital can offer.

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成都天府新区(Tianfu New Area) New Proud of Chengdu, China - YouTube

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Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in China's west.50 years ago, back in 1964, there were only 1.5 million inhabitants. Now, with 14 million people, it's currently China's fourth largest city. Chengdu is a high-tech IT centre and a major banking and financial hub. If this animation is correct, its future as a planned city looks a lot like Singapore today. 

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Australia China Corporation | Australian Premium & Deluxe Ice Cream

Australia China Corporation | Australian Premium & Deluxe Ice Cream | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
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Watch the video embedded here. These two good Aussie blokes are making and selling ice-cream to the fastest growing market in the world: the Chinese. Read the accompanying information on this page. Where was it written? How do you know? What are the advantages and disadvantages of changing food tastes in China? For Australia?

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Lego's Asian Building Block

Lego's Asian Building Block | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
Brandchannel - always branding. always on.
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Lego: another Western company that is looking to the East, and especially to China, to pick up sales that have stagnated in Europe.

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TATA's 1 Lakh car - TATA NANO - YouTube

RATAN TATA unveils cheapest car TATA NANO price tagged 1 Lakh Rupees ($2500 Approx.) meeting safety and emission standards better than a two wheeler. In Indi...
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One lakh is 100,000 Indian rupees. Creating a family car at this price point is quite an achievement, and the 2014 model has improved on some earlier problems, making it easier for women to drive. check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEeANADm4S4&list=PLGJtksijKq-uFEJS6P89tYBC8APDoaGIj.

 

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LONGEST UNDERGROUND NETWORK IN THE WORLD - SHANGHAI SUBWAY - BBC NEWS - YouTube

Hop aboard Shanghai's subway system - the longest underground rail network in the world. Find out also how other Chinese cities, with a similar vision, are b...
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London and New York's metro systems have been left far behind in the race to improve transport in China. Just don't try eating on board.

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Chinese dream trumps environment as cars sales boom - Business News | The Star Online

Chinese dream trumps environment as cars sales boom - Business News | The Star Online | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI: When accountant Ariel Wang bought a new car a few weeks ago, environmental protection was far from her mind even though smog has reached crisis levels in China's commercial hub Shanghai.
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Shanghai has invested in a most amazing new underground railway system(I'll post some content about it on this site) but car sales are still booming.

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BBC World shoots Asian, African middle class - YouTube

A new series of short films and debates which explore the lives of people in developing economies as they discover their buying power on BBC World's 'The New...
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Changes in culture and caste-consciousness in modern India. Another good one from the BBC.

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A decade of development

A decade of development | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it

Here's something to ponder. When President SBY came to office, Indonesia’s per capita income was $US1184. Last year, it reached $3490. That’s an increase not far short of 200 %.

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As an activity, your students could consider what they and their families would do with extra money that a doubling (or more) of income would represent. What would be the family priorities? Would different members of the family want different things? How important are material goods compared with things like political stability and democracy? Is it possible to buy those things?

Find the whole article at http://kerrycollison.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/indonesia-decade-of-development.html

as only the teaser is available via The Australian.

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Seven Indonesian cities ‘most livable’: Survey

Seven Indonesian cities ‘most livable’: Survey | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
Balikpapan, Surakarta, Malang, Yogyakarta, Palembang, Makassar and Bandung have been named the country’s most livable cities in the 2014 Most ...
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Year 7 Geography asks us to think about Liveability: or what makes a place good to live in? In Year 10 geography, this expands to encompass the concept of Human Well-Being. Find these cities on a map. The Jakarta Post is an excellent source of up to date information about Indonesia, and it's all in English.

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Chinese homebuyers seek wealth protection, migration options: report

Chinese homebuyers seek wealth protection, migration options: report | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
WEALTHY Chinese investors spiriting money out of their home country to plunge into Australian property are motivated by the chance to secure future migration options and to put assets beyond reach of Chinese authorities, a report says.
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After Canada, Australia is the preferred investment destination for wealthy Chinese who hope that it will improve their chance of immigration. Find out why they like Australia by looking at the graphs in this article. Then consider how the suggestion that as many as 10 million well-to-do Chinese might like to come to live in Australia, if permitted to do so, would change aspects of life in Australia.

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Year 8 Geography: Urban growth in China | Asia Education Foundation

Year 8 Geography: Urban growth in China | Asia Education Foundation | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it

This module examines the rapid urbanisation, development and redevelopment that is occurring in many parts of China. Students will gain insights into the impact on rural migrants having to adjust to life in big cities and the displacement of many city dwellers due to rapid building development. 

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Some very good activities here from the Asia Ed Foundation, and well aligned to the Australian Curriculum I hope there'll be plenty more to come.

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BBC News Philippines economic growth and challenges - YouTube

The Philippines has become one of Asia's fastest growing economies, growing at a faster pace than China. Much of the nation's growth is being led by consumpt...
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Consumer choices  everywhere for those who can afford to buy, but the consumption is not yet underpinned by job growth that would bring everyone into the new economy.

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Attracting Chinese tourists south

Attracting Chinese tourists south | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
Australian tourism leaders are targeting an obvious market: China. Can Australia cash in on its geographical advantage...
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Fine wining and dining, golf, and a chance to enjoy clean air and the natural environment are what will attract more Chinese visitors to our shores.

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Dairy banks on China FTA

Dairy banks on China FTA | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
IT is difficult to overestimate the importance of the bilateral trade relationship between China and Australia.
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From The Oz today, the President of the Australian Dairy Farmers federation reminds us that since New Zealand reached a Free Trade Agreement with China in 2008, its dairy exports have increased eight-fold. That's a lot of milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream: and baby formula! In the classroom you could use this alongside the Australia-China Corporation website's video on Ozzie ice-cream (also scooped on this site today.)

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Mcdonalds in China - YouTube

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Macca's China already has 200 more outlets besides those in Hong Kong. And yes, there are Drive-throughs too: a new driving experience for most Chinese drivers.

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Hong Kong's ocean airport - Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections S02E06 - YouTube

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Hong Kong built a new airport in the ocean in a typhoon zone. The 'hows' (explained here) are amazing, but the more important question for our purposes is 'Why?'' Asians are on the move, and the Chinese are becoming the world's great travellers.

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Next big spenders: India's middle class | McKinsey Global Institute | McKinsey & Company

How India's rising and unique middle class will reshape global consumer markets. A McKinsey Global Institute article.
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'Seekers' and 'Strivers' are new consumer groups in India. Meanwhile the group known as 'the deprived' is now much smaller than it was 20 years ago as many have become 'aspirers', with incomes between US $2,000 and $4,000 p.a. Companies such as Tata Motors are producing economical cars that appeal to these aspirational Indian consumers, many of them young, dynamic and comfortable with internet technology and credit cards.

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The Chinese Dream - Traffic

The Chinese Dream - Traffic | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
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"Beijing issues 20,000 new license plates each month. Wishful citizens hold a 1-in-32 chance of receiving a plate in the lottery."

Will this deter car buyers? From the graphs on this website, it hasn't so far.

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Private Schools in Vietnam: ThingsAsian

Private Schools in Vietnam: ThingsAsian | Asia's middle class- for Secondary teachers | Scoop.it
ThingsAsian.com is a collection of articles, facts, artwork, photographs and maps of various countries of Asia
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Vietnamese parents are opting to send their children to private schools despite the cost. This article from 2007 predicts that by 2015, 3.5% of Vietnamese students will be in private schools. I'll try to find some stats to see how their prediction stacked up.

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