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Global Interaction - Singapore and Australia

This video program features two case studies on countries in the Southeast Asia-South Pacific region: Singapore: Gateway to Southeast Asia and Australia: New Links to Asia. Both Singapore and Australia have achieved advanced development and offer high living standards for their respective populations. Viewed together, the two areas are a study in geographical, cultural, and historical contrasts.

In the first case study, Singapore: Gateway to Southeast Asia, locational advantage is discussed from historical and modern perspectives. Singapore now serves as a global distribution hub in the world's economy. The case study provides insight into the factors that have turned this city-state into one of the world's busiest ports: strategic location, modern cargo handling facilities, and a skilled work force. Computer technology, advanced information management, and telecommunications have also contributed to the rise of this newly industrializing country and are important to Singapore's success as a trade entrepot.

Updates to this case study include detailed maps of Singapore and the region, discussion of Singapore's bid to become a hub of telecommunications and data services, and insight from Dr. Jessie Poon on the social contract between Singaporeans and their government.

The second case study, Australia: New Links to Asia, examines the historic role of industry in the development of Australia's economy and the country's highly urbanized population. The case study shows the dramatic changes that a shift in economic trade from Europe to Asia has had on modern Australian society. Once settled by Europeans, Australia is now a destination for Asian immigrants as well.

Economic trade in Australia remains based on the export of natural resources, while international finance, telecommunications, and information services are rapidly becoming established. Originally favoring the export of wool and agricultural commodities, Australia is also known for its rich mineral and energy resources. The country possesses minerals such as iron ore, nickel, bauxite, precious metals, gemstones, and non-metallic minerals used in industry.

Updates to this case study include further discussion of Australia's growing Asian population and the effect of the Asian economic crisis on Australia's economy, with new commentary by Australian geographer Dr. Philip O'Neill.

Video Key Words

Singapore

  • Relative Location
  • Asian Economic Tigers
  • Container Shipping
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Pacific Rim
  • City-State

Australia

  • Pacific Rim
  • Physical Geography
  • Asian Connection

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