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The Challenge of the Introductory Course on the Pacific Basin
Unformatted Document Text:  Cultural variations on Asia-Pacific course Cultural variations on Asia-Pacific course • Author’s experience teaching subject matter in Russia, China & Turkish Cyprus; unique local challenges • Russian experience: on the edges of the Pacific Basin, resistance to its practices, assumptions, commercial life • Exemplified by melancholy waltz, Hills of Manchuria, commemorating Russian officers lost in the bloody Battle of Mukden, last land battle of Russo-Japanese War. Played in Urga [Close To Eden] movie by Mikhalkov which portrays a Russian and Mongolian on the edges of the Asia-Pacific, resistant to being drawn into the commercial life of China and Asia-Pacific • Russian attitude may change after Vladivostok hosts APEC 2012 • Turkish Cypriot experience: wanted to know about Malaysia in the Asia-Pacific economy; how did it maintain peaceful ethnic relations? How did it become both an economically modernizing society and a Muslim society at the same time? [Pacific Century materials not helpful here] What lessons from Malaysia could be adapted to Turkish Cyprus? • Chinese experience: initial suspicion of Asia-Pacific economic integration and regional organizations over last 2 decades changed as China’s role in regional economy and regional organizations has expanded; China joined PECC in 1986, APEC in 1991, & hosted APEC in 2001

Authors: Christoffersen, Gaye.
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Cultural variations on Asia-Pacific course
Cultural variations on Asia-Pacific course
Author’s experience teaching subject matter in Russia, China &
Turkish Cyprus; unique local challenges
Russian experience: on the edges of the Pacific Basin, resistance to
its practices, assumptions, commercial life
Exemplified by melancholy waltz, Hills of Manchuria,
commemorating Russian officers lost in the bloody Battle of
Mukden, last land battle of Russo-Japanese War. Played in Urga
[Close To Eden] movie by Mikhalkov which portrays a Russian and
Mongolian on the edges of the Asia-Pacific, resistant to being drawn
into the commercial life of China and Asia-Pacific
Russian attitude may change after Vladivostok hosts APEC 2012
Turkish Cypriot experience: wanted to know about Malaysia in the
Asia-Pacific economy; how did it maintain peaceful ethnic relations?
How did it become both an economically modernizing society and a
Muslim society at the same time? [Pacific Century materials not
helpful here] What lessons from Malaysia could be adapted to
Turkish Cyprus?
Chinese experience: initial suspicion of Asia-Pacific economic
integration and regional organizations over last 2 decades changed
as China’s role in regional economy and regional organizations has
expanded; China joined PECC in 1986, APEC in 1991, & hosted
APEC in 2001


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