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Which is the world's biggest city?

Which is the world's biggest city? | AP Human Geo ISP thingamawhogy | Scoop.it
Which is the biggest city in the world? And why is such a simple question so difficult to answer?
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This article shows the growth of urban cities and how their development has occurred, and how to measure them by population and size. It shows an example of a city in Tokyo, still the world’s largest city by population, and how the city itself is actually relatively isolated, and that the majority comes from the surrounding area of Yokohama. However, the article point out that the measuring of the city area is difficult, such as Chongqing, which has a CMA the size of Austria. The article also points out that a city should be based on its urban area where the roads are better. This article is extremely relevant to the concept of the unit, Urban Development, because it shows how it can be measured. Though Tokyo may be the worlds largest city in terms of population, other cities, according to the article, are fast catching up. Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi are hot on the heels of the Japanese, and China is also growing at a fast rate, but not necessarily as fast. This article should allow for a in-depth discussion of how the urbanization of the world will affect those who live and how we measure these cities. ~ Connor
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'Small farms' group stages protest

'Small farms' group stages protest | AP Human Geo ISP thingamawhogy | Scoop.it
A group backing small-scale farmers urges ministers to commit to policies that will give them better support.
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The article is, overall, a detailed overall summary of a group of Defra protestors attempting to persuade the British government to change its laws concerning landowners and give better rights to small scale farmers. It begins with a summary of what Defra is, a NFP helping farmers to navigate Britain’s rural land use laws. It then interviews a small farm owner who complains about the usage of the subsidies taken from wealthy landowners to instead fund larger agricultural corporations. It then interviews another small farmer who notes that the larger farms are the ones who benefit from land distribution, and smaller farms do not. The article then closes with a note the less than 1% of land in redistribution is given to small farmers. This article is extremely relevant to our unit on agriculture. Not only does it touch on small-scale versus large-scale farming, but also discusses in-depth Britain’s rural land distribution. This article talks about how rural land distribution favors larger farms over small ones. As it is, the article is an relevant piece of information for this course, and this unit in particular. ~ Connor
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Is ‘Chinawood’ the new Hollywood?

Is ‘Chinawood’ the new Hollywood? | AP Human Geo ISP thingamawhogy | Scoop.it
The world’s largest film studio isn’t in the US but in China and is one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions. Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore takes a look.
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This article introduces the reader to the world of Hengdian, the world’s largest outdoor film studio located in the rural province of Zhengjian. Here, it discusses the importance of this studio and how in the course of twenty years it has become the producer of films to the second largest film market in the world, China. Built by Xu Wenrong in the 90’s, Hengdian is also now, according to the article, the largest internal tourist attraction in the country.  The article also notes how this one studio has become the backdrop to thousands of Chinese films and TV series’.

 

            This is a relevant article to our unit of Culture due to its promotion of Chinese film. Not only is this a prime example of how a film studio outside of Hollywood can become a major influence in not only its hoe market, but around the world as well, it has also been the setting for many Chinese-American collaborations. This shows that an independent culture can foster away from pop culture to eventually grow to rival it in influence, especially amongst emerging markets. An understanding of Human Geography can be very important in understanding why this studio so far from Shanghai can become a major force for acculturation around the world.

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Economy tracker: Unemployment

Economy tracker: Unemployment | AP Human Geo ISP thingamawhogy | Scoop.it
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This article is an interactive map of Britain, showcasing its unemployment records as of the date of publication in September 2013. It also contains an attached text section that showcases the improvements since the previous release. There is also a series of bullet points giving a full definition of an unemployed person, and what that implies. The final piece of the article has the summary of Britain’s unemployment since the 2008 recession.

 

            This is an example of an article that can be analyzed under the Economic, Population and Settlement aspects of Human Geography. Within this article, the most obvious economic aspect is that it’s about the state of Britain’s unemployment, which is a major factor to its economy. It divides the entire country into cities and towns, exemplifying the population and settlement aspects of the article. It would be much more difficult to understand this graph if one did not have a rudimentary grasp on Human Geography. 

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In three parts

In three parts | AP Human Geo ISP thingamawhogy | Scoop.it
CHINA’S economy, worth over $9 trillion in 2013, divides opinion. Often it divides it neatly in two: optimists contend with pessimists, apologists with alarmists,...
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This article is a three-part saga of how the Chinese economy grew to such a prestigious position in the world. It goes in depth as to why the economy had risen so fast, and what that means for people living there and around the world. It discuses the Chinese financial system in the greatest depth, and how Chinese credit is not that stable most of the time. It discusses the urbanization of the country as more and more people move to the cities seeking work opportunities in industries. It also notes how the rise of China will affect the outcome of the world at large. It closes with a note that the economy is likely to grow into 2014, but not at its previous pace. This article is very relevant to our unit on Industry and Economic Development. The article discusses the industry that drives China, but also focuses on the more important aspect of financial development. The article notes that state-owned banks don’t necessarily drive credit particularly well, and the country needs to transition to a more service-based economy. However, it ends on a positive note with the 2014 development being forecast as good. This article has a relevance that to the unit in a very large way, and should be a perfect discussion topic. ~ Connor
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China and Taiwan hold historic talks

China and Taiwan hold historic talks | AP Human Geo ISP thingamawhogy | Scoop.it
China and Taiwan have held their first government-to-government talks since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.
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            This article begins with a brief overview of the topic discussed. Summarizing the point, the article then explains why these talks are so huge and influential. The video also provides a basic, but detailed, overview of the relation between and why this meeting between the two rivals is one of the biggest moments in recent history, even if it is over non-major topics. It also provides an idea of why some would see these talks as a major blow to the sovereignty of the island of Taiwan. The article also discusses the possibility of future talks, even at a higher level between the nations.

 

            This is a major story for Political Geography. The Taiwan-PRC relation has long been one of tense buildup and resentment between the two sides, and both claims the other’s territory. These talks could possibly pave the way for a reunification between the two in the mid-future, perhaps under a similar system to that of Hong Kong, in which Taiwan keeps its democratic system and freedom of speech in exchange for financial support to the mainland and full integration. Though it may have not have gotten as much coverage as it should have, this is still a historic moment in history, and especially one in Human Geography.

 

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All blue-eyed people can be traced back to one ancestor who lived 10,000 years ago near the Black Sea

All blue-eyed people can be traced back to one ancestor who lived 10,000 years ago near the Black Sea | AP Human Geo ISP thingamawhogy | Scoop.it
Throughout history they have been the eyes that are prized. Frank Sinatra's were legendary, Paul Newman's melted a million hearts while Cameron Diaz's dazzle in modern Hollywood. But how - and why - blue eyes arose has always been something of a genetic mystery. Until now
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This article begins with an overview of famous pairs of blue eyes that various famous celebrities have been born with. It then goes on to explain the purpose of the article, and what exactly causes the genetic anomaly that causes it. Gene OCA2 is the main cause of blue eyes, and it was an anomaly developed in near-Europe around the Black Sea, contradicting with other thoughts about interbreeding with Neanderthals. According to the article, these blue-eyed genes were a definite draw for attracting mates, much like a tail on a male peacock. This is likely why the stereotype of blonde hair and blue eyes being beautiful is so prevalent amongst many cultures, due to its rarity.

 

The reason that I selected this article was because the relevance of this concept to my genetic makeup. I have blue eyes, and tracing it back to wherever it comes from would be a really cool thing to know. This relates to AP Geo because it discusses not only the movement of this genetic anomaly from the Russian coast to northern Europe, and its distribution thereof, but also the movement from there across the world. This movement, or migration, is exactly what we worked on in AP Geography, and it relates perfectly to everything we’ve done so far.

 

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