Introduction: Singapore: Gateway to Southeast Asia (00:48)
This segment orients viewers to the topic of Singapore using maps.
Favorable Location for Shipping (02:36)
Hewlett-Packard chose Singapore to distribute computer products to the Asian market. Singapore has the largest container-handling sea port in the world.
Re-Exporting Products (03:37)
Singapore is a quarter of the size of Rhode Island with a population of 4 million. Jessie Poon explains why companies choose Singapore as a home base, while their factories exist in neighboring countries.
Accelerated Development (03:43)
Changi Airport is a vital extension of the seaport. Maximizing its gateway location made Singapore a wealthy country. Poon explains how the power of government generated economic development on the island.
Wired Island and Information Society (02:42)
Singapore's economic growth is a result of the government's commitment to invest in people, facilities, and infrastructure. To stay ahead of competition, Singapore became a global hub for innovative technology.
Introduction: Australia: New Links to Asia (00:38)
This segment orients viewers to the topic of Australia using maps.
Australian Geography (02:11)
The Australian continent is two-thirds desert or semi-desert. Large areas of the interior are suitable for grazing cattle, and natural minerals abundant for mining. Agriculture is restricted to specific parts of the continent.
Gateway Cities (03:24)
Australia is one of the most urbanized nations in the world; one in five Australians live in Sydney. Kevin O'Connor explores the functions of edge cities on the continent. Construction of railroad lines allowed for rural to urban transport of commodities.
Economic Performance and Stability (02:52)
The Japanese company, Mitsui, is Australia's largest exporter of mineral and other primary resources. Jane Morrison explains how Asian markets are replacing Australia's traditional European markets.
Migrant Settlements (03:49)
Australia's Asian connection has been steadily increasing from re-routing airline traffic to telecommunication changes. Immigration is changing the ethnic demography of Australia.
Credits: Global Interaction—The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century (00:60)
Credits: Global Interaction—The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century
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