social studies unit 9 vocab

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archipelago

a group or chain of islands

tsunami

Japanese term used for a huge sea wave caused by an undersea earthquake

monsoon

in Asia, seasonal wind that brings warm, moist air from oceans in summer and cold, dry air from inland in the winter

typhoon

a violent tropical storm that forms in the Pacific Ocean, usually in late summer

aborigine

an area's original inhabitants

homogeneous

of the same or similar kind or nature

dynasty

a ruling house or continuing family of rulers, especially in China

samurai

in medieval Japan, a class of professional soliders who lived by a strict code of personal honor and loyalty to a noble

ideogram

a pictorial character or symbol that represents a specific meaning or idea

acupuncture

an ancient practice that involves inserting fine needles into the body at specific points in order to cure disease and ease pain

haiku

form of Japanese potery originally consisting of 17 syllables and three lines often about nature

pagoda

a style of architecture most often found in traditional East Asian buildings, marked by gracefully curved tile roofs in the tower style

Command System

economy is controlled by the government

commune

a collective farming community whose members share work and product

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Group (APEC)

a trade group, whose members are Japan, China, South Korea, and Taiwan, that ensures that trade among the member countries is efficient and fair

dissident

a citizen who speaks out against government policies

economic sanctions

trade restrictions

World Trade Organization

an international body that oversees trade agreements and settles trade disputes among countries

desertification

process in which arable land is turned into desert

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