Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter February 11 - 21, 2021
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Mongolia-focused Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration

"Tsagaan Sar" Mongolian Lunar New Year Celebration
Join the Penn Mongolian Studies students and faculty, along with many international friends in a celebration of Mongolian culture and Tsagaan Sar.

Fri, Feb 12, 2021@ 9am EST
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CSCC Speaker Series 

"Anxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy" with Li Zhang

Fri, Feb 12, 2021@ 12 pm EST
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CEAS, Department of South Asian Studies and, East-Southeast Asia working group 

"China and Southeast Asia: A Contemporary History" with Prasenjit Duara

Tue, Feb 16, 2021@ 12 pm EST
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Korea Studies Special Event

“Black Markets to Blood Banks: Institutionalizing Blood Management in 1970s South Korea” with Inga Diederich

Tue, Feb 16 2021@ 4:30 pm EST
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World War II Film Series Watch Parties

"The Human Bullet” (1968)
written and directed by Okamoto Kihachi
Free but registration required

Weds, Feb 17 2021 @ 7 pm EST
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Kim Program and CARGC colloquium 

"Sticky Activism: Online Misogyny and Feminist Anti-have Activism in South Korea” with Jinsook Kim

Thur, Feb 18 2021@ 12 pm EST
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CSCC and the Browne Center for International Politics

"Calculating Bully: Explaining China’s Coercion" with Katian Zhang

Thur, Feb 18 2021@ 12 pm EST
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CEAS Humanities Colloquium

"Reflecting the Past: Place, Language, and Principle in Japan’s Medieval Mirror Genre” with Erin Brightwell

Thur, Feb 18 2021@ 4:30 pm EST
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Kim Program and Wolf Humanities Center 

Ideologies and Materialities of Choice
Jorge L. A. Garcia, Nancy H. Kwak, and Heonik Kwon

Sat, Feb 20 2021@ 12 pm EST
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Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
11th Annual Virtual Shofuso Cherry Blossom 10K/5K, April 10-April 18. Registration is open, $35 (Price increases after February 12, 11:59 pm EST)

Woori Center PA is hosting its first Lunar New Year Concert for Healing, February 14, 4.00 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) x cinéSPEAK present Lee Isaac Chung's MINARI movie via A24 Virtual Screening Room February 12-25, Tickets Now on Sale for $20 

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) released a new video on the theme of Lunar New Year:
Ai Love Chinatown Live - Ep.5: Lunar New Year
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Penn Semester Abroad Advising Sessions Now Open: Penn Abroad has officially opened advising sessions for Semester Abroad Fall 2021. South Korea and Japan are listed in the limited number of accepted programs, while China and Taiwan are not. Penn Abroad Fall 2021 Applications Application deadline: Early February to Mid March

Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (outside Penn):
Opportunities for Regional Educators
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) lists online events, some of which are open to Act 48 support for PA teachers:

NCTA Workshop: "More Than Just K-POP: Take the Journey of Korea" February 13, 2021, 10am-12pm (Eastern Time)
Uncover some of the most exciting cultural icons of this country through an interactive exploration of Korea! From the 7th century Cheomseongdae Observatory to the 15th century development of the Hangul writing system to today's efforts in preserving Moon Bear populations, join us on this virtual tour of South Korea's geography and history while learning how to use these activities in your own classroom. The participants will not only learn about how to incorporate Korean content in the classroom in a fun, engaging way. This workshop will be conducted over Zoom. All K-12 Educators (pre-service and in-service teachers, librarians, and administrators) are welcomed. For more information, see the workshop website.

From Our Classrooms To Yours: Shibori - the Japanese Art of Shaped Resist Dyeing, February 25, 2021, 7-9pm (Eastern). From the science of dyeing to the mathematical precision of the patterns, shibori is a form of art that is applicable across multiple disciplines and age groups. Join with educator and artist Kachina Leigh in a presentation that will start with a brief history of shibori in Japan and move to the present day. Resources, practical tips, and suggestions for the use of non-traditional materials will be addressed, enabling teachers to share this art form with students in elementary grades to high school. Co-sponsored with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania. To register, please click on the link below:

University of Colorado, Boulder: TEA-NCTA Upcoming 2021 Online Courses Join our colleagues at the University of Colorado, Boulder NCTA  and apply now for new TEA-NCTA online courses beginning in January.

Online Book Group: Japan through Children's Literature: Basho's Edo Japan. January 29 - April 8, 2021.This course features three picture books about Matsuo Bashō, a famous haiku poet, and his home and environs in 17th-century Edo-period Japan. Participants will explore the geography of Japan through poetry and woodblock prints and discuss classroom applications. Open nationally to contract K-8 teachers. Flyer and application HERE

Contemporary Issues Course: The Three Gorges Dam: From River Town to Now. February 10-April 7, 2021.
Beginning with a consideration of selected excerpts from the 2001 classic River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler, this course will examine the development of the Three Gorges Dam, the historical and geographic contexts of the project, and the far-reaching environmental, economic, and social impacts of the project within China and regionally.
Flyer and Application HERE

Book Group: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 in China through Fang Fang's Wuhan Diaries.
February 17 - March 23, 2021. This course will engage secondary teachers to understand cultural and social values as they related to lived experiences during the Wuhan lockdown when the Corona virus first appeared in China in early 2020. Flyer and application HERE.

Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh: High School Asia Challenge Simulation
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 8:30am-3pm (Eastern Time). Encourage your high school students interested in international studies and/or Asian studies to join the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center's  annual High School Asia Challenge simulation. This year's simulation-- which will follow a format much like the Model United Nations--will be conducted entirely online and student teams are being accepted from high schools across the USA. The goal of the Asia Challenge is to give students a chance to learn about the history, politics, economics and cultures of Asia and the surrounding region through a collaborative simulation. Teams will be assigned to represent the countries that belong to the The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the simulation will address immediate and long-term crises affecting the partnership. This year's simulation will deal with the conflict on the Korean Peninsula and issues such as labor, the environment, and state-owned enterprises. Registration will close on Wednesday, February 10, or once the event has reached capacity.  Contact Cathy Fratto ( with any questions. To register, please visit:

Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

Lunar New Year - Collected History and Teaching Resources from NCTA

The Lunar New Year: Rituals and Legends - Asia For Educators

Chinese Zodiac: Know Your Animal and Personality Type

Singapore Lion Dance Video Resource - Youtube

Celebrating the Year of the Ox through Art Objects - The Metropolitan Museum

Year of the Ox 2021 - Smithsonian Institute

China's Annual Lunar New Year Migration

The Arts of China - Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Arts of China Teaching Toolkit is designed for elementary teachers and their students with the goal of enriching their exploration of Chinese art and culture. The lessons focus on artworks from the Brooklyn Museum's Chinese collection and exhibitions.  Arts of China collection ranges from the Neolithic era (circa 3000 B.C.E.) to today, revealing the sophistication of Chinese craftsmanship and the variety of concerns-funerary, courtly, religious, and poetic-that combined to define traditional Chinese culture.  Arts of China Teaching Toolkit includes twelve individual lessons, divided into three thematic units: Geography and Environment, Belief Systems, and Global Exchange.

Japanese Tea Ceremony - Five College Center for East Asian Studies This digital curriculum project looks to explore Japanese Tea Ceremony, or Chado (茶道) through its history, themes, and the material culture of tea. Understand the rituals and practices behind this traditional art through images and descriptions compiled by Dr. Yuko Eguchi-Wright, a certified tea master of the Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony. This wonderful resource includes videos of each step of the Tea Ceremony as well as descriptions of the practices and implements that form a part of the ceremony.

Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art - Guggenheim Museum
Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art is a resource that features 27 artists in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's collection. The artists in this resource are from countries across East Asia and Southeast Asia, but many live and work between two or more cities around the world. Their approach, known as global art history, seeks to integrate art from Asia within an international purview while illuminating its specific meaning and context. By showing how artists work between local, regional, and global currents, this resource seeks to provide a new understanding of the multiple histories of the art of our time. With these materials, they hope to introduce teachers and students to artists and artworks beyond the Western canon, as well as support those who want to broaden the narrative of art history in the classroom. Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art was made possible through the generous support of The Freeman Foundation.

Journey Along the Tōkaidō: Exploring Japan's National Road - Ohio State University
To show change over time and compare cultures as well as learn more about a very important part of Japanese history and culture, the "Journey along the Tōkaidō" has been created using various primary source materials.  The Tōkaidō Road, from Tokyo to Kyoto in Japan can be examined at various time periods (1830s, 1920s, and present day) and will show comparisons to the U.S. National Road and Route 66.  The stations along the Tōkaidō Road can looked at two ways: "horizontally" across the many stations in one time period, or looking "vertically" at one station across several time periods.  Students will study two primary source materials: the Tōkaidō gojusantsugi manga emaki (The Fifty Three Stations of the Tōkaidō Manga Scroll, which will be referred to as the "Tōkaidō Manga Scroll") and the The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō woodblock prints.

East Asia in the Geographic Perspective - Asia for Educators
Newly re-designed and optimized for mobile and tablet use, this collection of lesson materials focuses on the geography of East Asia; its land, water, people, agriculture, and why we call it "East Asia." In understanding the geography of the region, Students will gain a more complete understanding of the history and contemporary events in East Asia and the world. Depending on the set of Geography Standards or Themes in your curriculum, you can select the topic link you wish to explore to find relevant maps, visuals and lesson plans relevant to that topic from their interactive website. Resources focus on China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

Imaging Japanese History: Teaching East Asia Online Curriculum
Imaging Japanese History is an online curriculum designed to enhance students' visual literacy skills, historical thinking skills, and knowledge of Japanese history. Five online modules each provide a case study in the role of art in capturing and conveying human experience. The modules address major content from the National Standards for World History and are designed to help students answer essential questions about Japan during particular time periods from Heian to the Twentieth-Century.

New website resource "Teaching China with the Smithsonian"
Check out the new website designed by educators for educators!

Resources for Teaching about Racial Discrimination during the Coronavirus Crisis
This list was compiled by our NCTA colleagues at the Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at the University of Colorado. It includes online resources for teachers looking to address challenges related to labeling and racism that might in our communities and media in the wake of this global health crisis.
Click here to view the online resources list.

Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project (Stanford SPICE)
SPICE has created four lessons for high school audiences that draw upon research and findings from the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project. Teachers may deliver all four modules in the order listed below, or may deliver any one lesson as a stand-alone unit. See here for the SPICE site with related materials.
For more information about these and other programs and resources, visit the NCTA website
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