To wrap up the week, the Summer Seminar students welcomed Dennis Unkovic, Esq., an international lawyer who is an expert on Asia. Today he discussed the continent’s history, its current risks and US interests in the region. During his talk, he invited a lot of participation from students, saying that his role was to help them connect the ideas from information that they already know.
He began by dividing Asia’s history up into three periods. First, from 1545 to 1945, Asia was dominated by colonial powers. The terrible treatment Asian nations received at the hands of the imperialists left a lasting impression that continues to underlie current relations with the West. Meanwhile, in reaction to imperialism, Japan entered a period of sustained isolationism. Japan was also important for the role it played in World War II, since the US joined the war after Pearl Harbor.
The second period from 1945 to 1980 saw the success of Japan as it rebuilt its economy after the end of the war. The government led this process, deciding which industries to fund, a process which was repeated to much success in other Asian countries later. The US also experienced declining influence on the continent, especially after the Vietnam War and economic recession of the 70s.
Finally, since 1980, the economies of Korea, the Asian Tigers (Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Malaysia) and especially China have experienced dramatic growth.India also followed this path, albeit somewhat later.
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Surprisingly, vegetables and roots are included in some of these breakfasts. Savory breakfasts are more common in Asia and Africa than in European and North American countries. In Egypt, one of the national dishes is ful medammes, fava beans simmered with garlic. In Israel, breakfasts include a variety of dips, such as hummus, tahini, and baba ghanouj, a dip made from charred eggplants. Shakshuka is also common; it’s an Israeli dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce. In Norway, smorbrod are usually served, which are open-faced sandwiches with various toppings, such as herring.
In Australia, an acquired taste is toast with Vegemite, a spread made from brewer’s yeast. It’s not uncommon to see Japanese slurping down miso soup for breakfast. In European countries such as France and Italy, one usually eats small breakfast at a bar, usually consisting of an espresso (or other espresso-based drink) and a small pastry, such as a croissant or turnover. Sometimes little sandwiches like panini can also be found. In Venezuela, little corn cakes called arepas are popular, and can be stuffed with cheese or cream cheese, or served plain with butter. In Jamaica, one of the best dishes for breakfast is saltfish and ackee, rehydrated salt cod and a fruit that tastes like scrambled eggs.
What do you eat for breakfast?
Here are some more examples of breakfasts around the world.