As part of the College Board's new initiative inviting professors and lecturers in higher education to give lectures to AP students, Senior Lecturer Tomoko Takami gave the first lecture for AP Japanese (see here for that video)
Penn East Asia Faculty and Graduate Student
Mark Bookman (EALC PhD Candidate) be giving a Zoom talk at Sophia University on Wednesday, October 14 from 7–8 PM (JST) based on his recently published article, "The Coronavirus Crisis: Disability Politics and Activism in Contemporary Japan." Click here for more information.
Regional East Asia-related Events and 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.
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) lists online events, some of which are open to Act 48 support for PA teachers:
Public Art + Dissent: Art, Protest, and Public Spaces. An NCTA Mini-course for K-12 Educators
November 9, 11, 13, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm (Eastern Time)
At an unprecedented moment in geopolitics, the work of public artists amplifies activism, resistance, and solidarity. Some of the world's most interesting art is on the streets and easily accessible to all. In this free NCTA mini-course for K-12 educators we will discuss how protest art uses public space to engage in dialogue between the artist and the public. Artists from around the world question "what is" and "why" that transcends national boundaries and politics. We will examine works of Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Keith Haring, Loyalist murals from Northern Ireland, and the Black Lives movement. A teacher-led session at the end will be included. Pennsylvania K-12 educators who want Act 48 must attend all three sessions; Certificates of Completion will be given to teachers in other states who complete all three sessions. To learn more, please visit the link below: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ncta/public-art-dissent-art-protest-and-public-spaces
NCTA-AMAM at Oberlin College: Perspectives in East Asian Art
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Eastern Time (5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Central Time)
Partnering with the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College, this free interactive presentation will provide an overview of the East Asian art collection at the AMAM, with examples of how to interpret works of art from the collection using different disciplinary lenses. Join museum curators in exploring renowned works of art through Augmented Reality (AR), and gain access to FREE online resources for K-12, including standard-driven lesson plans for cross-disciplinary and differentiated learning. The programs will be conducted by Zoom. You can sign up for one or all of these presentations. Act 48 for Pennsylvania teachers provided. Certificates of Completion available upon request for teachers who attend. To register, please visit the link here: https://forms.gle/qQaBHuGLN75KbZxn8
Five College Center for East Asian Studies upcoming webinars
Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War, a Conversation with author Susan Southard
October 14, 2020 7:00-8:00 pm Eastern Time
Join author Susan Southard as she discusses her book which chronicles the lives of five Nagasaki bomb survivors.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4094345315731416844
Teaching About Climate Change: Vulnerabilities, Responsibilities, and Action
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 5:00-7:00pm (Eastern Time)
Join our partners at the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh for the Choices Program in an exploration of its curriculum unit, Climate Change and Questions of Justice. We'll explore the readings, lessons, and videos that are part of the unit, and discuss ways to implement each in diverse classroom settings, including tips for using the unit in remote settings and/or project-based classrooms. The countries covered include China, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Germany, Colombia, Haiti and parts of the USA. All participants will receive a two-year Digital Editions license to the curriculum unit and Pennsylvania teachers will receive Act 48 credit hours. This is a two-hour, participatory, online workshop, with an additional hour of prep work required. The program is co-sponsored by NCTA and the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. To register, please click the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBXvImwnyKg6BkFqFs-cIe_SMxPBgY7oVTYlm4x3fCBLzyoA/viewform
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.
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: http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/online_course/fbclid=IwAR38jGmpSaCTSSI4xRNYK
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. http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/geography/
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. https://www.colorado.edu/ptea-curriculum/imaging-japanese-history
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