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The Newsletter 56 Spring 2011

The Newsletter 56 Spring 2011

Supplementary education in Asia

Guest editors Mark Bray and Julian Dierkes introduce the theme of supplementary education by showing how it has become a huge enterprise, occupying significant proportions of the time of students and the budgets of their families.


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3.......... From the Director

IIAS is starting the year with a number of new initiatives planned under the aegis of our three new thematic clusters – Asian Cities, Politics of Culture and Heritage, and Asian Intra and Global Connectivities – while we will continue to reinforce the Institute's capacities to meet the numerous challenges I highlighted in my previous note.

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The Study

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A Yao Script Project: "Culture", Texts and Literacy in Contemporary Vietnam
By Bradley C. Davis

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The crown jewels lost and found
By Louis Zweers

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The exceptional Asian: The fetish for culture In India and Japan
By Olga Kanzaki Sooudi and Ajay Gandhi

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"Love travels downwards"
By Dorota Szawarska

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BULAC library
By Francis Richard

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Book publishing in Cambodia
By Kheng Pytou Kethya

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The Review



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The Focus: Supplementary education in Asia

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Supplementary education in Asia

Guest editors Julian Dierkes and Mark Brayintroduce the theme by showing that supplementary education has become a huge enterprise, occupying signifi cant proportions of the time of students and their families, providing substantial employment, and generating large revenues.

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Buxiban in Taiwan

As Chuing Prudence Chou and James K. S. Yuan point out, teenagers in Taiwan attend buxiban due to a mixture of exam anxiety, peer-group pressure, and high parental academic expectation – unlike their western counterparts who favour extracurriculum activities such as sports or games.

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A tug-of-war between government and market

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The policies on supplemental education in Korea: A tug-of-war between government and market

Although Korea has ranked highly on international achievement tests such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, Jin Lee asserts that when examined more closely, maybe this is the result of parents' tremendous education zeal and investment, not of public education.

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Supplementary education in Cambodia

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Supplementary education in Cambodia

The crux of the problem explored by Walter Dawson revolves around the issue of whether Cambodian teachers are practicing corruption in consideration of their role as educational representatives of the state and exploiting the potential for economic gain when they off er essential after-school tutorial sessions.

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Facing the shadow education system in Hong Kong


Facing the shadow education system in Hong Kong

While Hong Kong families with adequate incomes have long invested in supplementary tutoring to help their children keep up with their peers, Ora Kwo and Mark Bray show that during the last decade this 'shadow education' has spread and intensifi ed – and has become more commercialized.

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Supplementing education in an Australian mining town

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Living on edges: Supplementing education in an Australian mining town

Martin Forsey relates how the Schools First program, an awards program focused on enhancing school community partnerships throughout Australia, has been implemented and has aff ected life inside and outside the classroom in the far north mining town of Karratha in Western Australia.

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Supplementing education in Japan

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Supplementary education in Japan

On Julian Dierkes' visits to juku over the past fi ve years, he has seen much that has been inspiring and admirable, and some aspects that are disturbing. The fi eldwork has also yielded insights into how small operators in an industry that is increasingly dominated by corporate actors, position themselves and their industry as it evolves.

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tutoring classroom in Vietnam

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A bird’s-eye view of the private tutoring phenomenon in Vietnam

One recent and growing feature of the Vietnamese education system, writes Hai-Anh Dang, is a 'shadow' education system existing alongside mainstream education, where students attend extra classes (ihcthêm) to acquire knowledge that they do not appear to obtain during their hours in school.

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Shadow education with Chinese characteristics

Thirty years ago, under a strict socialist regime which prohibited private-sector activities in education and other sectors, China was very different from its capitalist neighbours in East Asia. Now it increasingly resembles them, says Wei Zhang, and the scale of shadow education is among the similarities.

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The Review (continued)

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Gedun Chopel, In the Forest of Faded Wisdom

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Gedun Chopel, 20th century Tibet's finest writer
By Heather Marie Stoddard

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Astrologers explaining the horoscope to the king” with water clock (sinking bowl type) and ring dial in front (from the Akbarnâma, © The British Library Board. (Ms. Or. 12988, folio 20b); AE p. 111)


Scientific instruments in pre-modern India and the global circulation of knowledge
By Saraju Rath

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Crime as punishment
By Annette van der Hoek

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The Network


License to lead
By Kerry Brown

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The Portrait

Subtle body of a Yoga-purus


Three Sanskrit Collections at the Danish Royal Library
By Hartmut Buescher

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Asian book series as global currency
By Paul van der Velde, guest editor

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