CIA World Factbook
This site provides concise information for most countries. It is organized in a manner that makes it easy to compare countries in a wide variety of categories.
The Century Foundation
This site has two figures that summarize data on wealth. Professor Edward N. Wolff of New York University compiled it from data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Census in 1998.
Chinese Internet Information Center
Daily world news can be found at this site. It also has an excellent search engine and links to other major Chinese media.
This site will help students get a quick definition for unfamiliar terms. It also provides a thesaurus and the top ten sites for the term they are investigating.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
This site provides a history of the IMF and World Bank. It also has a search engine to examine the economy of specific countries.
United for a Fair Economy
This site contains very readable charts on wealth distribution in the United States. The information was collected by the Federal Reserve in 2001. The next report will be available in the spring of 2003.
A World Connected
This site contains articles on globalization, links to globalization-related websites and organizations. It defines commonly used terms and presents materials that are both pro-globalization and anti-globalization.
World Trade Organization (WTO)
A brief history of the WTO can be found here as well as current information about the world economy. It has a search engine to provide detailed information on many countries.
World Bank Data & Statistics
"Almost all the data reported in this site are derived, either directly or indirectly, from official statistical systems organized and financed by national governments."
TimeAsia.com: "The Pen is Nastier Than the Sword"
This Time/Asia link contains excerpts from Wei Hui's Shanghai Baby and Mian Mian's Candy. The literature-based activity in the teachers' guide uses these excerpts.
Selected Stories: Lu Hsun
This link leads to the work of Lu Hsun (alternate spelling Lu Xun) whose stories, written from 1918 to 1926, introduce the modern challenge toward authority in China. "The Story of Ah Q" or the shorter "A Madman's Diary" would be especially appropriate for a student who wishes to read more. Lu Hsun, as this website notes (though some scholars disagree) was "chief commander of China's modern cultural revolution, [and] was not only a great thinker and political commentator but the founder of modern Chinese literature." As early as in the May 1918 issue of the magazine New Youth, Lu Hsun published one of his best stories, "A Madman's Diary." This was his "declaration of war" against China's feudal society, and the first short story in the history of modern Chinese literature. Thereafter he followed up with a succession of stories such as "The True Story of Ah Q" and "The New Year's Sacrifice," which cut through and sharply attacked stark reality in the dark old society. These stories were later included in the three volumes Call to Arms, Wandering, and Old Tales Retold, and have become treasures in the Chinese people's literary heritage.
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Vintage, ISBN 0679721886
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Prentice-Hall, ISBN 0804106304
"Can China reform its economy?" by Mark L. Clifford and Dexter Roberts, BusinessWeek, Sept. 29, 1997, issue 3546, p. 116
The article provides an excellent overview of President Jiang Zemin's reforms and the future restructuring of the Chinese economy.