Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for December 18-January 10
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Penn Museum Living Room Lectures

"Extraordinary Food Finds Among Philly Asian Markets" with David Dettmann

Thurs, Jan 7, 2021 @5:30 pm. EST

Online via Facebook Live
More information
Penn Museum 

Second Sunday Culture Film: The Wandering Chef

This film depicts the live of Jiho Im, known as the “Wandering Chef,” as he treks throughout the Korean peninsula in search of unique foraged ingredients and prepares a special grand feast for his adoptive mother. Film will be followed by discussion with Dahye Kim (2020-21 Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies)

Sun, Jan 10, 2021 @2:00 pm. EST
Registration Required
Penn Museum 

Virtual Archaeological Adventures: Celebrate Chinese New Year Traditions

Designed for students and families learning at home, includes three 30-minute live virtual sessions  

Sun, Jan 27, 2021 @10 am. EST
More Info & Ticket
Penn Museum 

Behind the Lion Dance

Join the Penn Museum for a virtual talk and demonstration showing you how communities around the world bring the lion to life each year.

Mon, Jan 28, 2021, @6 pm. EST
More Information
Penn faculty:  Please think of including one or more of the following on your spring course syllabi!
Penn East Asia Student and Faculty Recent Activities
In the most recent Omnia, Jolyon Thomas discussed his research on how Japanese corporations like Panasonic generate missions, families, individuals, and publics, akin to religions. Click here for the full article at Omnia "Looking to Corporations to Learn About Religion."

Christopher Atwood's October 26 Sinor Lecture, "Reading the Secret History of the Mongols: from Qubilai Khan to the Eighteenth Century," hosted by the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University is now online. Click here for link to CEUS's YouTube video.
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Food and Community with Send Chinatown Love is a virtual pay-what-you-wish fundraising event hosted by the Penn Museum in support of a grassroots effort to create a digital community for small businesses in Chinatown, January 14, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. EDT.
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Spring 2021 list of East Asia-focused courses across campus has been updated on the CEAS Website.

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:

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:

From Our Classroom to Yours NCTA Master Workshop series: The Joy of Tangrams
January 14, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Eastern Time)
In this workshop, Ms. Karen Gaul will show how tangrams are much more than a simple Chinese puzzle. Participants will learn about the colorful history of tangrams, including origin legends, their somewhat mysterious inception, and use of the puzzle by famous enthusiasts, all while deepening their understanding of Chinese history. Opportunities for hands-on exploration of puzzles from basic forms through seemingly unsolvable paradoxes promise to be both fun and challenging to participants. While the math classroom might be the obvious place for tangrams in school, we will also explore creative applications across the K-12 curriculum. Information on resources applicable to all grade levels will be shared. Everyone who attends this workshop is eligible to receive a complimentary copy set of tangrams. The tangrams will be shipped out after the workshop on Jan. 14. To register, please visit the link:

Behind the Screens: Exploring the Artistic Environments of Edo Japan: A Workshop and Film Screening  for K-12 Educators
Join the Pitt NCTA and SCREENSHOT:ASIA in bringing the artistic milieu of Edo Period Japan into your classroom with Edo Avant Garde, Linda Hoaglund's new documentary film on creativity in Japanese painting. In this film screening and workshop, NCTA master teachers will share their lesson ideas with you on how to take a single resource like the Edo Avant Garde documentary and use it in a multiplicity of ways in the classroom. Presenters Angie Stokes and Kachina Leigh will challenge participants to think about how to draw on this resource for ways to teach about history, culture, biodiversity, religion, and art. In advance of the workshop on January 23rd, participants are expected to attend the screening of the film on January 21 (which will include an introduction and Q&A with the film's director Linda Hoaglund). All those who participate in both the screening and the workshop will be sent a free digital license to the film so that you will be able to incorporate the film into your classroom teaching.

Film Screening: Thursday, January 21, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm (Eastern Time)

Educator Workshop: Saturday, January 23, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Pennsylvania educators who want Act 48 must attend both the screening and workshop. Certificates of Completion available upon request for educators who attend both the screening and workshop. The workshop will be conducted through Zoom. The film screening will be conducted through Vimeo. We will email you both links. To register for the film screening and educator workshop, please visit:
Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

China's Cultural Revolution in Memories - University of Pittsburgh Library
CR/10 (Cultural Revolution: 10) is an experimental oral history project. It aims to neutrally collect ordinary people's authentic memories and impressions of China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which lasted 10 years, from 1966 to 1976. Through video interviews of approximately 10 minutes, the CR/10 Project aims to record how the 10 years of the Cultural Revolution affected different areas and different people in varying ways, as well as to document individuals' present understanding of this historical incident. In this way, CR/10 attempts to document the unequal impact of the Cultural Revolution in China, as well as record how (and whether) knowledge of this history has been passed down to China's younger generation.

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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