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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson D: The Chinese Continent

Review and Assessment


China's return to power in Asia was shown with the rise of the Ming Empire. Confucian philosophy, Chinese language, and traditional religious systems played a strong role in Asian life. However, the culture of civilizations in the rest of East Asia and Southeast Asia reflected a mix of customs and traditions. Trade and travel allowed ideas about culture and government to create a diverse Asian population. The spread of Buddhism and Daoism, Japanese and Korean knowledge, and various languages reflected a multicultural Asian continent.

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The cultural diffusion of Chinese customs and traditions played an influential role in developments throughout Asia. Support for Confucianism and diverse religious beliefs in the Ming Empire created a multicultural, but unified Chinese Asian culture. Think about the diffusion of Chinese culture in East and Southeast Asia as you complete the BCR below.

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Brief Constructed Response - Ming China

Analyze cultural diffusion in East and Southeast Asia during the rise of the Ming Empire.

  • Discuss the reasons for the diffusion of Chinese religion, language, and government in East and Southeast Asia.
  • Explain how Chinese culture and politics under the Ming impacted surrounding peoples.
  • Include details and examples to support your answer.
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