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Asian Geographic JUNIOR

Asian Geographic JUNIOR Issue 3 - 2015

In ASIAN Geographic Junior's "Living Legends" we take you on a journey of exploration through Asia's incredible cultural legacies; from ancient lost civilisations that mysteriously disappeared to ground-breaking inventions that have shaped the world as we know it today. Find out how to become a black-belt master of Kung Fu, let your mind soar with dragons, or discover the Asian monks that have gained real-life superpowers. With a mix of fantastic stories, activities and of course, never ending fun - we're about to explore Asia's exciting and enduring heritage in a way that's never been done before.

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4 min.
meat’s not green

Did you know that the industry that gets your meat on your plate is responsible for more of the climate changing emissions than all the cars, planes, trains, ships – basically for all forms of transport PUT TOGETHER! Today, people are eating more than twice the number of animals than we were eating 30 years ago. In total, livestock farming is considered to be one of the three major factors causing climate change, and one of the largest contributors to environmental destruction. A SERIOUS SYSTEM But how can this be? Well, when you think about the whole system it starts to make sense. A lot of energy is needed to raise animals for food. Think about this, farming animals means: EATING GREEN Some people say that cutting down on the amount of meat you eat…

1 min.
recycled paper beads

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Toothpicks• A ruler• Clear nail polish (optional)• An old magazine• Scissors• Thin string or sewing thread• Glue GETTING STARTED 1. Choose some pages of the magazine that are printed with colours you like, and cut them out. 2. Cut the pages horizontally into strips approximately 1.5 centimetres wide. You will need at least eight strips to make a bracelet, but this depends on how big your wrist is! 3. Cut strip lengthways, diagonally, so that you have long thin triangles. 4. Take a toothpick and one of the diagonally-cut magazine strips. Roll the wide end of the strip once round it. 5. Place the strip of paper on the table in front of you with the toothpick closest to you, and the inner side of the paper facing upwards. 6. Cover the inside of…

2 min.
going back in time to events that happened in these months, and changed the course of history.

JUNE 04, 1989 THE TIANANMEN SQUARE PROTESTS AND MASSACRE Chinese students led a series of peaceful demonstrations, protesting for freedom of speech, a free press, and a fair governmental system. Up to a million people took part in the protests, but on June 4, 1989, the military started shooting unarmed protestors, leaving over 300 dead, although this number varies between reports. These protests led to increased restrictions on Chinese media, and to this day, the online search term “Tiananmen protests” is banned in China. JUNE 12, 1898 THE PHILIPPINES DECLARES INDEPENDENCE FROM SPAIN The Philippines was a colony of Spain for 333 years, from 1565 to 1898. The islands were even renamed after King Philip II, the Spanish king who conquered the Philippines. But, after securing their independence from Spain, the Philippines was invaded by…

7 min.
creatures that clean

DUNG BEETLE Distribution: All parts of the world, except Antarctica Yes, these beetles really do eat dung! Specifically the solid waste from large animals like cows and elephants! Dung beetles will also live in the dung and lay their eggs in it. They prefer the dung of herbivores, animals that only feed on plants. While this may seem a bit disgusting to you, the dung beetle is incredibly valuable. It makes sure that vital nutrients, nitrogen and carbon, return to the soil. If dung is allowed to dry out on the surface, 80 percent of its nutrients are lost to the atmosphere, which is bad news for the plants and animals that depend on these precious substances. There are three kinds of dung beetle: rollers (yep, they roll their dung into balls), tunnellers (who…

2 min.

PINYASAN FESTIVAL (PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL) June 15 - 24 Philippines This festival originated as a publicity stunt by the district officials to promote the Formosa as the country’s sweetest variety of pineapple. Every year, there are float competitions, dancing and fireworks, all in honour of this sweet and spiky fruit. The festival involves all kinds of activities, from pineapple peeling contests to the Pinyasan Street Dancing contest. LAURA ABORIGINAL DANCE FESTIVAL June 19 - 21 Australia This biennial gathering is a cultural festival in which Aboriginal culture is celebrated and commemorated. More than 20 Aboriginal communities travel to Cape York Peninsula in Queensland for the festival, making it a rich and culturally diverse event. Highlights are the dance performances from the different Aboriginal communities, but there are other activities, such as storytelling and singing. Over 5,000 people travel…

2 min.
sustainable sport

SUSTAINABLE STADIUMS Singapore Sports Hub, in Singapore, is solar powered and uses natural cooling to reduce the need for aircon! Its movable roof means that people can play come rain or shine! ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia uses rainwater to water the greenery within the stadium, and to flush the toilets. Beijing National Stadium, Beijing is heated by underground geothermal pipes. Rainwater is also collected to use as irrigation and to flush the toilets, and solar panels provide part of the stadium’s energy. World Games Stadium, Taiwan is the first stadium in the world to rely completely on solar power! Thyagaraj Sports Complex, in India is built with eco-friendly bricks, powered by solar and pumps extra energy back into the grid, the stadium even uses high-tec systems that conserve water! ATHLETE ACTIVIST YAO MING The world famous basketball player…