Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for August 13-21, 2020
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Attention Asian and Asian-American Faculty, Staff, and Post-docs:

Penn Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), Pan-Asian Faculty & Staff Association (PAFSA), Restorative Practices @Penn, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Special Services/Division of Public Safety, and Penn Global are continuing to hold restorative practice dialogues:
  • Tuesday, Aug 18th from 3-4:30, Mandarin Chinese Session for Penn Faculty, Staff, & Post Docs
  • Thursday, Aug 27th from 1-3pm, English Session for Penn Post Docs
  • Monday, Sept 14th from 10am-12pm, English Session for all Penn Faculty and Staff
For more information and to register for any session, visit the program's Eventbrite page and contact with any questions. Visit the Stopping the Hate and Starting to Heal webpage for more information including links to past sessions
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Penn East Asia Faculty in the Media
Justin McDaniel was named Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Religious Studies. Read the full story at Penn's SAS news. Congratulations Justin!
Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
2020 Virtual Obon and Lantern Lighting at Shofuso, August 22nd
Obon is a series of events in Japan that enshrine the spirits of ancestors in the summer that are based on Buddhism and Ancestral worship. The eighth annual Philadelphia Obon Festival 2020 is dedicated to repose the souls of the people who are affected by a series of unexpected events this year with our first Lantern Ceremony. The Virtual Obon will be held Aug. 22nd at 11am-5pm. To register for that event see this page. For the special Lantern ceremony later that evening at 8pm see this page for more information and registration.

This week's Regional East Asia CEAS pick:

The Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia has exhibits online, including artifacts from missions to Japan. See those artifacts at the website of the Presbyterian Historical Society.

See other collected resources at CEAS Resources page.
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Call for Abstracts

2020 Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), October 16-18, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCAA Regional Conference for Fall 2020 will be moving online. The deadline for papers has been extended to August 21, 2020. For more information including abstract submission portal, visit the MCAA website.

"Narratives of COVID-19 in China and the World: Technology, Society, and Nations", at Annenberg's Center on Digital Culture and Society (CDCS), March 19, 2021. Abstracts due Sept 1, 2020. See here for more information.

Call for Applications

2020 Asia Fellows, American Political Science Association (APSA) 2020 Workshop "Contentious Politics and its Repercussions in Asia," Jan 10-16, 2021, Seoul, Korea. Note: workshop has moved from Hong Kong to South Korea, and application deadlines were extended to Sept. 5th, 2020. For more information, visit the APSA website. see here for more information

Fellowships and grants (outside Penn):
  • Japanese Research Fellowship (formerly the Hakuhodo Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship) is now taking applications. Deadline to apply: October 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 Northeast Asia Council Grants. The AAS Northeast Asia Council is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 round of its grant programs in Japan Studies and Korean Studies, made possible with support from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the Korea Foundation. Grants are available for short-term research travel, or to organize seminars or small scholarly conferences on Japan or Korean Studies. Application deadline is October 1, 2020.
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.

Teaching on the Silk Roads: An NCTA Online Workshop for K-12 Educators
Thursday, August 20, 2020.  6-8:30pm (EASTERN TIME)
Viewing world history from the vantage point of the Silk Roads can challenge the Eurocentrism of mainstream history and introduce a more balanced view of the past. In this online workshop we will explore the global significance of this trade network that connected India, Central and East Asia, and Europe for over a thousand years. We will especially focus on the development and spread of Buddhism and also discuss the momentous discovery of the largest cache of historic documents and artifacts found in the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang that bear witness to the cultural, religious, social and commercial activity that took place along the Silk Roads. Part of our exploration of the Silk Roads will involve interactive mapping (using ArcGIS Online) which teachers and students can use throughout the school year to:
1)    Complete a distance analysis of the locations along the Silk Roads
2)    Examine the landscapes of the Silk Roads
3)    Evaluate "the reach" of the Silk Roads in terms of goods, cultures and diseases
All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for professional development reporting. Pennsylvania educators will receive Act 48 professional development hours. This program is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (funded by the Freeman Foundation) at the University of Pittsburgh.  Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Center,  European Studies Center, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.  The program will be conducted via Zoom. To register for this program, please click here.
Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies Online NCTA Seminar
Sept 7th-Nov 15, 2020, ONLINE
Join our NCTA colleagues at the Five Colleges Center for this 10-week online seminar, we will consider the experiences of the people of Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, both in war time 1945 and in post-1945 peace time. The objective of this course is to carefully consider the experiences and voices of the people in Japan who were impacted by the events to be discussed. Participants will complete required weekly readings, participate in weekly asynchronous online discussions, view archived one-hour webinars and 2 short films, and participate in several (3-4) synchronous one-hour webinars. A final classroom implementation plan is also required. Participants who successfully complete all of the course requirements by the deadline will receive a $150 stipend, a one-year subscription to Education about Asia and a certificate of completion for 40 contact hours. There are no prerequisites for this seminar, but some familiarity with the Battle of Okinawa and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be helpful. We expect that the weekly time commitment will be approximately six hours inclusive of all activities. Participants will have access to materials prior to the beginning of the course and may read ahead. Books will be mailed in mid-August, and participants will be able to access all required online readings at that time. Deadline to apply is August 10, 2020 at Noon (Eastern Time). To learn more and apply, please click on the link below:

Other upcoming Nation-wide NCTA online programs include:

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.

Free Taiko Lesson: Learn Obon Festival Drumming
Los Angeles Taiko Institute
Isaku Kageyama, a taiko instructor at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute, offers free Bon Daiko (Obon festival drumming) lessons on his website. The first few lessons will focus on fundamentals and basic patterns, and will progress from there. You can also download music files and sheet music, and use these recordings for free in your class room or your local festival!

For more information about these and other programs and resources, visit the NCTA website
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