Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for December 3 - 13, 2020
Attention students: Spring 2021 list of East Asia-focused courses across campus has been updated on the CEAS Website.
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
CEAS Humanities Colloquium

"Not Dreaming and Other Techniques of the Body: Trains, Technology and Nation in Socialist Cinema" with Nathaniel Isaacson 

Thur, Dec. 3, 2020 @ 4:30 pm  EST
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The Ownership and Control of Chinese Firms
Tuesday, December 8 | 8:00 PM EST
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Wolf Humanities Center

Vanishing Chinatown: The World of The May's Photo Studio-Dir. Emiko Omori (2020)

Sun, Dec. 13, 2020 @ 2 pm  EST
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Penn East Asia Student Honors and Upcoming Activities
Penn Student Willow Wilkes won the silver award at J.LIVE Talk 2020 (a national Japanese Language presentation contest). See here for link to that report. Congratulations Willow!

Mark Bookman (PhD Candidate in EALC) will be a commentator for "How the Hearing Aid Molded a Regime of Rhythm in Japan," hosted by Nanzan University. December 11, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. JST, registration required. 

Jeannie Kenmotsu (Penn Art History '16) was featured in a lecture on November 19: Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965: Japan’s Women Printmakers. Click here for the full video.
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Beethoven In Beijing #Ludwig250, a film event co-sponsored by the Wharton School, features short performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra as part of Beethoven's 250th birthday celebration. Wednesday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. EST. Attendance is free. Click here for the event's video invitation.
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (at Penn):

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

CEAS is now accepting applications for FLAS fellowships to support Penn students who study modern East Asian Languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian) and either related area or international studies or East Asia-related aspects of professional fields. For academic year 2021-22 we'll support up to 5 graduate students and 4 undergraduate students, and 6 students for summer intensive language study.

The deadline for both Academic Year 2021-22 fellowships and Summer 2021 is February 9th, 2021. For more information and to start an application, visit Penn's FLAS website.

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:

Spring NCTA Alumni Book Discussion Group "Choosing Daughters: Family Change in Rural China by Lihong Shi" During the winter/spring semester of 2021, Dr. Diana M. Wood will lead an
asynchronous book discussion group on Choosing Daughters: Family Change in Rural China by Lihong Shi.  This book represents recent research within one village (Lijia) in Liaoning Province, the most southern of the three provinces comprising the area formerly known as Manchuria. The author's grandfather had close ties to this village so Lihong Shi was able to talk frequently with village residents as she lived in the village during at least three research trips. In fact, the personal stories recounted in each chapter provide terrific insight into the shifting view of child gender preference in one area of China. This book covers birth planning policy, changing views of baby gender preference and concerns over the increasing expense of "bridewealth" for prospective young men's families. This free discussion group will be conducted asynchronously during January-April 2021, and will use the Proboards Discussion Board site. Registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the book along with a detailed schedule of readings and assignments.   
This book discussion group on Choosing Daughters is for NCTA Alumni in the University of Pittsburgh's NCTA Coordinating Site Region NCTA Alumni from (PA, WV, MD, DE, MI, KY, MN, OH, AL). For Pennsylvania teachers, completion of this book discussion will be worth fourteen Act 48 hours.  For teachers in other states we can provide you with a certificate of completion and/or a personal letter from the instructor. Registration deadline is December 18 (or until we reach capacity). To register, go to:

From Our Classrooms To Yours NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
December 9, 2020, 6-8 EST
In this workshop, Ms. Michele Beauchamp will discuss Dai Sijie's novel Balzac and Little Chinese Seamstress as an artifact of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and how we might read fictional text as a way to understand this period of China's history. Ms. Beauchamp will present an analysis of the author's treatment of various themes such as literacy, censorship, love, and friendship. The workshop will include approaches to teaching the novel, such as the role of the transformative storyteller and Sijie's use of intertextuality. In addition, we will explore ways in which teachers might use Sijie's 2005 film adaptation of his novel as a stand-alone film study or as an extension of teaching the text. Everyone who attends this workshop is eligible to receive a complimentary copy of Balzac and Little Chinese Seamstress. The book will be shipped out after the workshop on Dec. 9. To register, please let visit the link:

NCTA Princeton virtual conference: From the Silk Road to the Belt and Road: Economies, Trade, and Cultural Exchanges in Eurasia from the Classical Age to the Present. The conference, to be held virtually via Zoom, is for teachers of Social Studies, World Literature, Art, and the Humanities in grades 5-12.  Please see attached flyer for more details. 3 Saturdays: Jan. 9th, 23rd, and 30th, 2021, 9am-1pm. For more info and to register on-line, go to:
Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

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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