|Field of Study:||Religion/Religious Studies, Other
|Description:||The study of Asian religion and culture is more and more becoming an essential element of the education of a global citizen. Asia contains more than 60% of the earth's people. The two largest countries in the world by population are China and India with more than a billion people each. After the United States, the second, third and fourth largest economies in the world are China, Japan and India, as measured by purchasing power parity.
The Asian financial crisis of 1997 showed that the "butterfly effect" is true; the devaluation of the Thai bhat caused financial crisis in countries around the globe, including Russia, Brazil and the United States. One needs to understand Asia to understand both the international world today and Canada today. All the countries of Asia have come to the West. Not only is Vancouver predicted to become North America's first city with an Asian majority population, but every major city in Canada has significant Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and other Asian populations.
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