Teen Life In Asia (Teen Life Around The World)
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Teen Life in Asia (Teen Life around the World)
Are teenagers in Tokyo more or less mature than teens in Brooklyn? What do Chinese teens do for weekend recreation? What do they value and care about? This volume shows that the lives of teens in prosperous and westernized Asian countries have much in common with those of American teens. Obtaining a good education is paramount, and Asian interests and tastes?in pop culture and sports, for example?are in sync with their American counterparts. In poorer and politically restricted Asian nations, teen life and opportunities are more restricted, however. Greater focus and energy is given to helping the family survive. Yet it is the ancient cultural and religious traditions in Asian life that constitute the fundamental difference between American and Asian teens. This book is an insightful and sweeping introduction to the Asian teen experience?from a typical day to participation in religious ceremonies?in 15 countries. From School Library Journal Grade 9 Up-The best feature of this volume is the full-color, cover photograph of schoolgirls in their red blazers and hats (their countries sadly unidentified). The chapters inside, contributed by different authors, describe teen life in 15 countries deemed most representative of the area and interesting to young people. Coverage extends from India to Japan; there are no entries for Burma, Laos, or Malaysia. In formulaic fashion, each chapter has an introduction, followed by material on a teen's typical day, family life, foods, schooling, social life, recreation, entertainment, and religious and cultural practices. The writing is uneven-at best, merely dull, but often repetitive, confusing, and irrelevant. Indonesia is cited as a tourist destination, particularly for young Australians, with no mention of the terrorist attack in Bali on October 12, 2002, and its subsequent impact on the tourist trade, especially from Australia. It is incorrect to speak of God (capitalized) in reference to Japan's animistic Shinto religion, and the Vietnam introduction confuses French Indochina and Indonesia. The resource lists after each chapter feature mainly adult works. The dense format is relieved only by a single black-and-white photograph in each chapter. There are no maps. Few teens will want to plod through the tedious text. -Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review ?[A]sia is highly recommended for mid-size to large public libraries. School libraries will find it useful regardless, because of the statistical and cultural information on countries inevitably assigned or researched during teen years.?-VOYA "?A?sia is highly recommended for mid-size to large public libraries. School libraries will find it useful regardless, because of the statistical and cultural information on countries inevitably assigned or researched during teen years."-VOYA "[A]sia is highly recommended for mid-size to large public libraries. School libraries will find it useful regardless, because of the statistical and cultural information on countries inevitably assigned or researched during teen years."-VOYA About the Author JUDITH J. SLATER is Associate Professor at Florida International University, Miami. She specializes in curriculum theory, evaluation, organizational analysis, and women in higher education.
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