Geog597.01:Harm De Blij

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The following video clips are part of the "Geography on Location" series directed and narrated by geographer Harm de Blij.

We will see some/all of the following video segments during the weeks ahead:

Subsaharan Africa

Cape Town

Durban, South Africa

North Africa/Southwest Asia (Middle East)

Dubai, U.A.E.

  • Women have more rights than in Saudi Arabia

Mutrah, Muscat, & Qurm, Oman

South Asia

Mumbai (Bombay), India

  • Untouchables
  • Ghandi "Civil Disobedience"
  • Population boom

Goa, India

  • Mogre rule, portugese.
  • 1/3 Roman Catholic.
  • Future is bright
  • Mixture of old and new (city landscape)

Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Became independent in 1948. Example to other newly-developed countries.
  • Tourist industry damaged because of conflict/tsunami
  • Conflict:
    • Sinhalese - Buddhists (natives)
    • Tamils (immigrant workers) - Hindus (want better representation in gov't)

Male, Maldives

  • Less than 1/2 million population
  • 250k pop. island.
  • tourism and fishing
  • Islam prevails
  • British ruled until 1965

Southeast Asia

Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Bad trade network (compared to Saigon)
  • Ancient methods
  • smaller city

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

  • Good trade network
  • has skyline

Bangkok, Thailand

Laem Chabang, Thailand

  • sex industry

Pinang, Malaysia

  • Rapidly development
  • Similar to Singapore

This is an island off the coast of Malaysia; Georgetown is the main city here.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia


  • Making new island

Jakarta, Indonesia

East Asia

Xianggang (Hong Kong), China

  • 6 million population

Shanghai, China

  • divided, river.
  • old shanghai being demolished

Haikou, China

  • outpost. buildings built using old methods

Pusan, South Korea

Tokyo, Japan

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