Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for September 25-October 2, 2020
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Penn Kim Program in Korean Studies and Harvard's Korea Institute

" Korean Families: Yesterday and Today" with Eunsil Oh, Hyeyoung Woo, Hyunjoon Park, 

Thurs, Oct. 1, 2020 @ 6 pm  EDT
Registration & More Info
CSCC Penn Project on the Future of US-China Relations Fall 2020 Webinar Series

“New Perspectives on US-China Relations: Trade & Competitiveness”

Fri, Oct. 2, 2020 @ 12: 30 pm  EDT
More Information
Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Amy Gadsden, Jacques deLisle, and Avery Goldstein were featured in Penn Today. Read that full story here: "An Ambitious New Project on the Future of U.S. -China Relations" 

Mark Bookman (EALC Ph.D. Candidate)'s article "The Coronavirus Crisis: Disability Politics and Activism in Contemporary Japan" was published on The Asia-Pacific Journal Japan Focus. Read that article here.
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Penn Museum's Stephen Long introduced the concept of "Mandarin Squares" in a recent Penn Museum Digital Daily Dig video. See that video here.

Otsukimi ("Moonviewing") 2020 will be hosted by Shofuso via Zoom on October 1, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., general admission $15.

Japanese Classroom (Japanese 101), 10-week course begins the week of October 5, $400 (excluding textbooks). Registration is required for all classes.

To explore Philadelphia’s 300-year-old horticultural legacy, the Decorative Arts Trust Special Program: Philadelphia Gardens in Fall will visit Bartram’s Garden and Shofuso for curator-led tours on October 17, 2020, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., $125 (lunch included).
East Asian Studies Opportunities
The largest collection of Tsukioka Kōgyo’s woodblock prints has been digitized by the University of Pittsburgh Library System. This online collection comprises the largest digital representation of Kōgyo’s work freely available online. Please click here to see the collections.  

Chinese Immigrant Families Wellness Initiative (CIFWI) Wellness Leadership Program is looking for 20 young Chinese Americans (ages 15-22) who are passionate about community development and mental health to participate in the 3-month program. Application deadline September 25.

The Noh Society of New York is organizing a series of webinars throughout the fall. The first one will be Friday, Sept 25th, 8pm EDT: "Noh Tamura: The Blessings of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Mercy" by Arimatsu Ryoichi. For registration information visit the Eventbrite page. More information about this webinar series can be found on the Noh Society's website.

The East Asian Studies Center at Ohio State has sponsored an online panel discussion on teaching East Asian Studies in the time of COVID-19. "Talk Back to the Pandemic: Innovations in Teaching East Asian Cultures and Literatures" on September 26, 2020, See here for more information

University of Southern California (USC) East Asian Studies Center Guest Speaker Series is still accepting faculty applications for the AY 2020-21 on a rolling basis.
Call for Applications

The University of Michigan Department of Asian Languages and Cultures Ph.D. program welcomes applications for its Fall 2020 Preview
Event: October 8-9, 2020. See here for more information.
Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (outside Penn):
  • 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.
  • US Dept of State grants for US Citizens studying "Critical Need Langauges" (including Chinese, Japanese, Korean) has an active call for applications. Application deadline is October 6th.
  • Japanese Language Program Director at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, deadline for applications October 15.
  • Japanese Research Fellowship (formerly the Hakuhodo Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship) is now taking applications. Deadline to apply: October 30, 2020
  • 2021 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships is now accepting applications for fellowships for the 2021/2022 academic year. Deadline to apply December 30, 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:

"From Our Classroom To Yours": An NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series​.  This is a series of NCTA Master Teacher workshops on integrating East Asia into your classroom. Each presentation will provide Act 48 for Pennsylvania teachers and Certificates of Completion for teachers from other states.

October 10th, 2020, 1-3pm: “Picture This! Traveling Through Time with Japanese Art and Manga”. Led by Angie Stokes. Click here for more information.


Global Issues Through Literature Book Discussion: Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang, Thursday, October 15, 5:00-8:00 pm EDT. NCTA Pitt is co-sponsoring this free book discussion with our colleagues in Pitt's Global Studies Center.  Factory Girls humanizes the large-scale sociological and economic transformations in China by following two young women who are part of the largest migration in human history--from the rural Chinese countryside into the country's burgeoning industrial cities. This reading group for educators will explore Chang's book from a global perspective. Content specialists will present the work and its context, and together we will brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the book and its themes into the curriculum. Participants will be provided with a free copy of the book. Pennsylvania teachers will receive Act 48 hours for professional development. Registration Deadline: October 1, 2020. To register for this program, please visit the link below:

Save the Date: Japan Documentary Film Award (Virtual) Red Carpet Screenings
See the award winners starting September 24 at 6:30 pm (EDT)
The Japan Council of the University of Pittsburgh and SCREENSHOT: ASIA are pleased to announce the winners of the second biennial University of Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Film Award: Grand-Prize winning film An Ant Strikes Back (Ari jigoku tengoku), directed by newcomer Tokachi Tsuchiya, and Honorable Mention Book-Paper-Scissors (Tsutsunde, hiraite), the second film from Nanako Hirose.

Friday, September 25, 2020
7:00 pm: An introduction with Honorable Mention winner Nanako Hirose and a screening of her film Book-Paper-Scissors (2019)
9:00 pm: A conversation with Nanako Hirose about her award winning film

Saturday, September 26, 2020
7:00 pm: An introduction with Grand Prize winner Tokachi Tsuchiya and a screening of his film An Ant Strikes Back (2019)
9:00 pm: A conversation with Tokachi Tsuchiya about his award winning film

To learn more about the films, the directors, and the award, please visit the link below:

NCTA University of Colorado at Boulder: Fall short Programs for October - November
Online Contemporary Issues Course: Borders, Migrations, and Ethnicities: Three Case Studies in Teaching about China Today
October 8-November 20.
This three-module course explores current issues through the lens of human geography: Maps and borders: the case of Tibet; Export economy and migration: the case of Nanjing; and Ethnic conflict and nationalism: The case of Muslim Uyghurs.  Open to secondary social studies teachers with priority to those teaching about China during this school year.
To learn more and register, please visit the dflyer and application link below:

Online Film and Literature Group: Chinese History through Film and Literature: Two Case Studies for the Classroom
October 6 - November 9, 2020.
Explore how two important chapters in modern Chinese history-the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in the 1930s and the last days of the Kuomintang in Shanghai in the late 1940s - impacted Chinese lives. The group will discuss two classic films and paired literature. The course is open to secondary (6-12) teachers who teach about China as part of their required curriculum. To learn more and register, please visit the flyer and application link below:

University of Southern California U.S.-China Institute: East Asian Design: Architecture and Urbanism. October 13, 2020 - November 10, 2020: 9pm (Eastern Time) (6pm Pacific)
Join our NCTA colleagues at the University of Southern California U.S.-China Institute for a 5-part online seminar that will overview the multifaceted architectural and urbanist dimensions of East Asia - from its urban planning concepts and monuments, to construction techniques and aesthetic concepts. Lead by Professor Vinayak Bharne, USC School of Architecture, this seminar will extract some of the most defining epochs in East-Asian history, such as the spread of Buddhism, Colonialism, and the embrace and assimilation of Western Modernism. Going from Japan to China, and Korea to Hong Kong, this course will offer insights into how East Asian culture offers an intellectual counterpoint to the West, and why it remains deeply relevant to our increasingly globalizing world.
To learn more and register, please visit the link below:

Columbia University NCTA: Teaching East Asia Through Graphic Novels: Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Book Group
Join our colleagues at Columbia University NCTA for a continuation of their series focusing on teaching East Asia through the following graphic novels: Black Ships: Illustrated Japanese History - The Americans Arrive. Written by Sean Michael Wilson. Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima, September 9, 2020 - October 6, 2020, The Satsuma Rebellion: Illustrated Japanese History - The Last Stand of the Samurai. Written by Sean Michael Wilson. Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima. October 14, 2020 - November 3, 2020, Banned Book Club. Written by Kim Hun Sook and Ryan Estrada. Illustrated by Ko Hyung-Ju. November 18, 2020 - December 22, 2020. To register for any of the above book groups or others, please visit the link below:

Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

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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