After reading about art in India, Japan, and Islamic cultures – and as a preview of the
next unit on China – you will research an issue (or connected issues) at stake in Asian
arts (East or West Asia). An example of an issue could be censorship, gender
representation, or Western influence, but try to find something original and surprising.
The issue could be found in either the visual arts (such as architecture, painting,
sculpture, installations, etc.), literature (such as poetry, narrative, or playwrights), or
performing arts (such as music, dance, opera, etc.).
The paper will have an introduction that gets the attention of the reader, identifies
the artist that was researched, and previews the specifics about this artist that
will be discussed in the paper.
Use in-text (parenthetical) citations to identify the source of each fact, statistic,
research detail, or quote.
Sources will be properly cited according to MLA style in a Works Cited page.
Use at least two different sources for the paper, one of which should be an
The conclusion of the paper will include a summary of the main points and draw
a conclusion about this artists success in portraying his African culture today.
The paper will be double-spaced, in 12-point font, have one-inch margins, all
double-spaced, and be as error-free as possible. Proofread and revise. Read
your paper out loud and actually listen to your sentence structure and grammar
usage. Make all corrections before you turn in a final draft. At least 2 pages.
Minimum length: three pages (without counting header or title).
Make sure that you are writing about an issue in 21st-century Asian art, not a
profile of an artist. If you’ve overlooked this aspect, I will deduct points for papers
that do not follow the assignment.
Based upon your required and supplemental learning materials and resources, complete your assignments.
Please Read – Required Reading
How Bombays Parsis cracked the opium trade. Edited by:Bibyendu Gagulyon January 20, 2014.
Economic Histories of the Opium Trade – Siddharth Chandra – University of Pittsburg
Dark history: How Indian opium traders from Bombay helped the British Raj wreck Chinas economy https://scroll.in/article/894050/dark-history-how-indian-opium-traders-from-bombay-helped-the-british-raj-destroy-chinas-economy
Opium Wars: Background Reading by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Supplemental Materials (Recommended Reading)
Article: Opium Wars. (2016). InEncyclopdiaBritannica. Retrieved fromhttps://www.britannica.com/topic/Opium-Wars
Article Excerpt: “England and China: The Opium Wars – 1839-60” by Philip V. Allingham, Contributing Editor, Victorian Web; Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Report Excerpt: “2. A Century of International Drug Control” by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (2008).
Video: The First Opium War – IV: Conflagration and Surrender – ExtraHistory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9WRmsHFUg0
The East India Company was a front company for the British Royal family and the establishment. The company’s belief was ‘Trade where necessary, plunder where possible’. At its height, the income of the opium trade was around 30% of the British governments total income.
The Opium War started as a dispute over trading rights between China and Great Britain. Regular trade between Europe and the Chinese had been ongoing for centuries. But China’s trading restrictions frustrated the British who were eager to supply the Chinese people with the increasingly popular narcotic Opium. Circumventing the government’s attempts to ban opium trade by smuggling and bribery, China declared the death sentence on Opium smuggling and refused to compensate British tradesmen for any losses. Furiously, the Brits sent out a fleet to demand compensation and end the Cohong trading monopoly. Fierce battles and attacks on the Chinese coast were followed. Find out all about the First Opium War from Indy in our new episode of Battlefields!
Can you identify the groups that gained from and supported the trade in opium between the British,the Indians, and the Chinese?
Compare the persistence in the export of Opium to China and the persistence of the export of Opium and its derivative into the USA?
In what way could you say that the methods are the same in China as in the USA today.