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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