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Chapter 31: Southeast Asia Today

In this chapter students learned about life in Southeast Asia today. In this activity students will learn more about the day-to-day activities and living conditions of people in the small Vietnamese city of Chaudoc.

Lesson Description
Students will access information from the Chaudoc, Vietnam, Web site to learn more about daily life for people in a small Vietnamese city. Students will answer four questions and then apply what they have learned to write a descriptive essay about a day in the life of one of the people pictured in the photo essay.

Instructional Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe daily life in a small Vietnamese city by exploring a photographic essay.
  2. Students will be able to apply what they have learned to write a descriptive essay about the daily life of a Chaudoc resident.

Applied Content Standards
Standard 4: The geographically informed person knows and understands the physical and human characteristics of places.
Standard 6: The geographically informed person knows and understands how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions.
Standard 10: The geographically informed person knows and understands the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics.
Standard 11: The geographically informed person knows and understands the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface.

Student Web Activity Answers

  1. The people of Chaudoc do not seem to have cars or trucks to use for transportation; rather, they use oxen and oxcarts, boats, motorbikes, or walk to get around.
  2. The Cham people are devout Muslims who live harmoniously with the Vietnamese. They have their own distinct language and culture even though they go to Vietnamese schools. The Cambodians are generally farmers and are very poor. Their children usually do not attend school. The Vietnamese do not have special schools for minority ethnic groups.
  3. Ancestors are revered in Vietnamese culture; food is offered to them at New Year's, and shrines to ancestors are displayed in Chaudoc homes. There are no retirement or nursing homes per se, so older people always live with their families and are cared for by them. The elders are greatly respected, and children are taught not to address them by name.
  4. In general, and by Western standards, it seems that Chaudoc is a poor city because there are few cars, people generally are barefoot, houses are small with combined living room and bedroom, there is no running water on the outskirts of the city, and people must bathe in the river. Occupations range from storekeepers selling electrical equipment, appliances, and televisions to farmers, fishermen, and street vendors to smugglers transporting cigarettes across the border.
  5. Students' essays should be detailed, descriptive, and indicate that they have an understanding of the day-to-day life in the city of Chaudoc, Vietnam.

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