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What do Americans know about Asia?

30 April, 2010 (05:00) | education | By: xensen

According to a survey reported in a publication from the Asia Society called Asia in the Schools

  • A quarter of all high school students cannot name the ocean that separates North America from Asia.
  • Fewer than 2o percent of adults can identify India as the world’s largest democracy.
  • Two-thirds of all respondents did not know that Mao Zedong was the first leader of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Two-thirds of high school students believe Vietnam is an island nation.


Comment from Susan
Time: May 16, 2010, 11:52 am

Sadly, I can see why many Americans do not know these things. I would say it is partly due to xenophobia and to the fact that we do not border any of these nations. Out of sight, out of mind. Even with the countries we do border I am sure similar questions could be asked about those nations and similar unknowledgable answers would be given. What do we do to get our students better educated on the nations of the world and how do we get adults to be interested as well? When does the us and them mentality end? When do will we realize we are on this world together?