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Lecture #1 Study questions Yi-fu Tuan writes, “Place is an organized world of meaning”. Amitav Ghosh writes, “In the geography of human history, no culture is an island.” How do you understand these quotes taken from our syllabus? (Mines and Lamb) - because locations have meaning to groups of people, not just individually. Experiences of the world are different from person to person; an important place to one person is just a mass of land for another -“In the geography of human history, no culture is an island”: What I understand of this quote is that culture is all around us. It isn’t isolated from anyone and it affects everyone. For example, in the movie Jama Masjid Street Journal you get to see how there are modern businesses but around it you are surrounded by traditional ways. Or another example, there are practices of Indian culture in Canada – cuisine, karma sutra, etc. So as people are displaced or move around the world, they take with them their own culture, but also adapt to the new culture of the country. No one culture is completely pure and distinct from the rest – no culture is an island. Name the contemporary nations of South Asia. -Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. And sometimes Afghanistan What is the “Orient” and why is it important to our study of South Asia? -Orient refers to the east. The term Orientalism came from Edward Said. Orientalism is a term which encompasses the ways in which the “west” views the “east. It’s related to the “Othering” and “Eurocentric view where the western experience is at the center. And everything else outside of that is considered exotic or different. The west feels responsible to take care of the east and help them develop into a similar way to the West. - It is extremely important in our study of South Asia because it will shape the view of the East from the West’s perspective and then further determines how they are treated. The west feels obliged to go and develop the east and this will develop their relationship throughout history. What are the layers of history that have contrib
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