Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for October 22-30, 2020
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
CSCC Penn Project on the Future of US-China Relations Fall 2020 Webinar Series

“New Perspectives on US-China Relations: Climate & Environmenty”

Fri, Oct. 23, 2020 @ 12:30 pm  EDT
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CSCC Speaker Series 

"Public Assembly via Affective Technologies: Like Buttons, Sentiment Analysis, and the Transmission of Positive Energy" with Angela Wu 

Mon, Oct. 26, 2020 @ 12 pm  EDT
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Perry World House 

"Will China Save the Planet?"
Featuring Barbara Finamore, Senior Strategic Director for Asia, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Scott Moore, Director, Penn Global China Program

Tue, Oct. 27, 2020 @ 12 pm  EDT
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Penn Forum on Japan: Critical Race Studies in/of Japan

Showing Up to Withhold: Economies of Enslavement and Spectacular Restraint in Medieval Japanese Performance

Thur, Oct. 29, 2020 @ 12 pm  EDT
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CEAS Humanities Colloquium

"Burning One’s Way Beyond: Exploring the Materiality of Paper Boats" with Yuhang Li

Thur, Oct. 29, 2020 @ 4:30 pm  EDT
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CSCC Penn Project on the Future of US-China Relations Fall 2020 Webinar Series

“New Perspectives on US-China Relations: Technology”

Fri, Oct. 30, 2020 @ 12:30 pm  EDT
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Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Eiichiro Azuma is the winner of The John K. Fairbank Prize for East Asian history since 1800 – American Historical Association for In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire (Univ. of California Press, 2019). Congratulations Eiichiro!

Wharton undergrads discussed Asian identity and biases in last week's Wharton Stories. “Coming together as a community, in solidarity and in number, seemed a natural part of the healing process.” Read full story at the Wharton School.
Penn East Asia Faculty and Graduate Student
Recent and Upcoming Activities
Christopher Atwood will be giving a Zoom lecture (hosted by Indiana University) titled "Reading the Secret History of the Mongols: From Qubilai Khan to the Eighteenth Century" on October 26, 5:00 p.mRegistration link here.

Nancy S. Steinhardt will give a lecture on The Forbidden City at 600: Architecture of the Celestial Empire via Zoom (hosted by New York's China Institute) on October 28 at 7 PM. Registration required.

Penn Student Willow Wilkes has been selected as a finalist for J.LIVE 2020 and will be giving her presentation on November 14. Good luck Willow!

The Penn Museum's Digital Daily Dig on Cloisonné features many Chinese objects in the museum's collections and discusses how this decorative technique spread to China.
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Japanese Conversation ClubOctober 22, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Registration required. 

Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will be presenting a special exhibition titled "Manjiro: Drifting, 1841–2020"October 23, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Registration required, general admission $15.
East Asian Studies Opportunities
CEAS grants for Penn Faculty and Students:

Applications for CEAS Conference and Research grants now being accepted. Application deadline Nov. 9, 2020. See grant application page for more information.

Applications for CEAS support of Penn faculty and student-organized East Asia conferences are also now being accepted. Application deadline Nov. 9, 2020. See conference support page for more information.

Applications for 2020-21 East Asia Course Development Grant are also being accepted. See the Course Development grant page for more information. Application deadline Nov. 9, 2020.

Chaeri Kim, a doctoral candidate in the City and Regional Planning department is looking for a research assistant who can conduct research in Japanese for her research project funded by the Kleinman Center. Please contact Chaeri via email for more details.
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:

From Our Classroom to Yours: Tibetan Buddhism in the Social Studies Classroom
November 16, 2020, 7-9pm Eastern
(Part of From Our Classrooms To Yours NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series) Join Stephanie Rizas for an exploration on integrating Tibetan Buddhism into your social studies classroom. Are you curious about Tibetan Buddhism and how it can be incorporated in the classroom? This presentation is for you! We will discuss the basic tenets of Tibetan Buddhism with a focus on some of the more unique aspects of its believers: the use of the mandala, khora, and the role of reincarnation. We will discuss and use clips from various films, including Unmistaken Child, Kundun, and Seven Years in Tibet. We will discuss the political role of the Dalai Lama and the future of Tibetan Buddhism in modern China as well. Prepare to learn, to meditate, and to admire the beauty of Tibetan Buddhism! To register for this program, please click here:

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:


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:


Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

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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