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Hanada Tattsu

12 Aug 2003
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It's the first week of school, and I have already recieved three projects, including one from history class which is worth a whopping 2100 points. It's an Asian history project, we have to compare three Asian countries; I decided to do Japan, South Korea, and China. He says that we have to do an intensive research element, and Yahoo, AOL, MSN, and Google give me different answers, so maybe you guys will give me better answers.

By the way, Si gave me the okay to do this over AIM.

1) As most of us should know, China, in 1949, had changed from a Socialist Nationalistic State to a Full Blown Communist Republic during the Chinese Civil War. Under the leadership of Mao Tse-Tsung, the Red Communists took control of China, which was still recovering from fourteen years of brutal Japanese annexation. Now, I know that before, China's main religion had been Buddhism, but now, I heard that it is officially Athiest. Are most Chinese people Athiest, or Buddhist? I mean, are most of the Chinese entertainers and news casters and stuff I see on TV Athiests, and for instance, are people in China, regular people just walking down the streets, most likely to be Athiests? Basically, what religion in China is what Shinto Buddhism is to Japan; the largest, major religion, observed by the most people?

2) I've asked this before, and every time I have, I have recieved different answers. I know how to say China and Japan in their native languages; Zhongguo and Nihon. Now, how do you say South Korea in South Korean? I know Hanguk is Korea, the entire state of Korea, and if Korea is united, it will be called Hanguk. But until then, I know Bukhan is North Korea, and Namhan is South Korea. I mean, what do most regular people, like actors, young people, newscasters, and just regular young people walking down the street call South Korea? Namhan, or another name?

That's all, please reply if you are confident in your answer. I'm counting on this A, I gotta get better grades for high school. And I'm doing research, but on other elements that are easier to find.

Thanks, and please reply urgently.
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