Parents' Guide to

Asia Society

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

News and culture site helps teens build global awareness.

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Founded in the 1950s by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller III, the Asia Society's mission is to emphasize global awareness. There's a strong focus on language education; educators can access guides on setting up a Chinese language program and lesson plan ideas that relate to language and other subjects. Content is grouped into six major subjects: art, education, policy, business, countries, and lifestyle. Users won't find every topic under the sun, but the original news articles on global issues and cultural information offer a good look at life around the world. The site features some items for grade school-aged students, too, including a few games. However, educators and older teens are likely to get more out of the site's news articles and other information -- there really isn't much to captivate younger users (or keep them coming back to the site).

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