India & China Teacher's Guide

June 10, 2000 Update
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Abeja - Trains and plaid mini-skirts…a trip to Southern India

The team travels from Mumbai (Bombay) to Chennai (Madras) on the train. They meet a Tamil family, share food and henna tattoos, and learn about the proud and ancient Tamil culture. Dispatch includes information about the Tamil Separatist movement in Sri Lanka, the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam), and the current battle over the Jaffna peninsula.

Have the students examine what political turbulence either they or their parent(s) have experienced and conduct interviews with first-hand witnesses to learn the human consequences of such strife. Have the class nominate the best journalist based upon the most cutting-edge and/or humanistic interview methods.

Jasmine - Far Out Places, Familiar Problems

The team visits Meghalaya and Assam, two of the seven sister-states of India's northeastern region. This remote and politically sensitive area borders Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh and its inhabitants have seen a great deal of unrest. The Khasi, in particular, have taken a stand against the insurgence. Learn more about urban life for the Khasi people, struggles of ethnic violence, extortion, environmental struggle and being a matrilineal society as the team explores the Meghalayan capital city of Shillong.

Ask the students to assess the merits of an historically matrilineal, patriarchal and another major governmental system of their choice, and to conclude which they feel is the most utiliterian or ideal and to substantiate why.

Kavitha - It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superwoman!!!!!!

The team meets Dr. Vandana Shiva, director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resouce Policy and learns about the devastating possible consequences of globalization on India's land, people, and biodiversity.

Is there a third way to the plastic or paper dilemma? Assign this question as a research project, complete with cost/benefit analysis of three feasible alternatives to the "disposable" grocery bag.

Kavitha - It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superwoman! (Part II)
Kids' Version Available

The team meets Dr. Kiran Bedi, the first woman to join the elite Indian Police Force, and learns about the numerous ways in which she has reformed the system to make policing that is truly corrective and preventative. From drug rehabilitation to education in crime-prone areas, Dr. Bedi's example and advice are an inspiration.

Have the class assess their local "Prison Industry" or/the industrial prison complex, with an eye towards answering the questions: how does it work, who benefits, and what are the drawbacks or what detrimental effects/costs does it engender? Then ask the class to discuss how Dr. Bedi's principles could be applied towards that system and what rewards/drawbacks could result.

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