Persons looking for a host of educational materials on Asia for students from grades kindergarten through 12th will find the AskAsia.org site quite helpful, and a good place to start with online research for a number of relevant topics. The site is a resource of the Asia Society, which was founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III. The mission of the Society is "to strengthen mutual understanding between the United States and Asia in support of positive engagement between their societies and peoples." The site is divided into a number of areas such as a database of Asian experts, an online newsletter, and a very useful Profiles section which contains a host of basic statistics about countries from Iran to Korea. The Special Reports section is quite strong, as is the Interviews area, which contains conversations with Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and Sin Chan Hong, a contemporary performing artist from Korea. The site is rounded out by a list of Asian holidays, embassy location information, and a glossary of terms.
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