Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for July 9-17, 2020
In case you missed it: Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York Kanji Yamanouchi was not able to play at Philadelphia's Sakura Sunday this year due to the pandemic, but he put out a video in honor of 4th of July.
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Korean Studies Colloquium

"북미에서 한국 연구하기" with Hae Yeon Choo,  Chang Hwan Kim, Hyun Joon Park 

Thursday, July 16, 2020 @ 10 pm EDT, (11 am Friday Seoul time)

For Zoom link, please email Seok Lee ( with your name, affiliation, and email.

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Penn East Asia Faculty in the Media
Jolyon Thomas (Religious Studies) appeared in today's final installment of Penn's School of Arts and Sciences series of "60-Second Lectures on Racial Injustice: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?" with a brief but powerful lecture titled "This Isn't for You". See that video here.
New Director for the Penn Forum on Japan
As of July 1, Linda Chance (EALC) has succeeded Julie Nelson Davis as Director of the Penn Forum on Japan (PFJ):
Thank you, Julie, for five outstanding years as inaugural director of PFJ, and welcome, Linda to the directorship!

Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
Upcoming events:
Penn Museum WORLD WONDERS: A Trip to China and Beyond

Part 2, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 11:00-11:30 am. Virtual event, registration required. For more information

This week's Regional East Asia CEAS picks:
Tanabata and Chinese Dancer, are pieces featured online from The Penn Art Collection at the University of Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has an online exhibit of its Japanese Ceremonial Teahouse. You can find that here: Collection Highlight: Ceremonial Teahouse (Sunkaraku) and an educational resource for children. See this and other collected resources at CEAS Resources page.
Fellowship and Funding Opportunities
Attention Penn Graduate Students: Perry World House is now accepting applications for the PWH Graduate Associates Program. Students from every discipline and Penn school are eligible. See here for more details. Application deadline is July 13th, 2020.

  • Japanese Research Fellowship (formerly the Hakuhodo Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship) is now taking applications. Deadline to apply: October 30, 2020
  • 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.
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.

Detroit Institute of Art Summer Workshop Series for K-12 Educators: A museum-classroom integration workshop series co-sponsored by Pitt NCTA
During these grade-level targeted workshops, educators will discover new ways of incorporating specific works from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) into their curriculum as they learn more about the narratives told by the objects and images specific to the Asian galleries. They will receive access to a variety of lesson materials including readings, graphic organizers, and activities which will enhance student experiences both in their own classrooms and during their gallery and virtual visits to the DIA. Teachers will learn how to integrate images into a variety of critical-thinking activities as a means of facilitating more productive class investigations while learning how to use specific museum objects to engage students in close looking and descriptive writing activities. Additionally, teachers will learn how to access and use DIA materials for remote learning opportunities. NCTA alumna Angie Stokes will be sharing the new, cross-curricular Asian galleries curriculum with teachers and demonstrating how to use the lessons, graphic organizers, and resource materials in both regular and virtual classroom settings.
SYMBOL AND STORY: Investigating Imagery in East Asian Art (Elementary Grade Level)
Thursday, July 16, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
This workshop is geared toward elementary teachers of all disciplines and will help them to gain a better understanding of the use of symbolic imagery in East Asian art. Participants will be able to strengthen cross-curricular lessons by learning new ways of connecting various symbols in artistic works with the specific plants, animals, and cultures. Professor Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Montana, will speak about the use of botanical imagery and other important symbols in Japanese art.
A PERFECTLY MATERIAL WORLD: Exploring Objects in East Asian Art (Middle School Grade Level)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
This workshop is geared toward middle school teachers of all disciplines and will help them to better identify the materials and techniques used by East Asian artists to create their work by investigating the studio environment of the literati scholar and artist. Professor Yunshuang Zhang, Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University, will speak about material culture and the development of the literati's studio in China.
BEING DIPLOMATIC: How Art Helps to Spread Ideas (High School Grade Level)
Thursday, July 23, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
This workshop is geared toward high school teachers of all disciplines and will help them to learn about the dynamic exchange of objects and ideas throughout East Asia through the spread of Buddhism while gaining a deeper understanding of the impact of cultural exchange over time. Professor Hongyu Wu, Assistant Professor of Religion at Ohio Northern University, will speak about mandalas and the use of Buddhist images in art.

Other upcoming Nation-wide NCTA online programs include:

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies is hosting a group of upcoming webinars. These webinars focus on the Ties that Bind project that seeks out local connections between the US and East Asia:

Ties that Bind: Chinese in New England (and more)
Thursday, July 23, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Dr. Wing-kai To, Bridgewater State University
Ties that Bind: Japanese in New England (and beyond)
Monday, July 27, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Dr. Gary Mukai, Stanford University
Ties that Bind: Mississippi Delta Chinese
Wednesday, July 29, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn, creators of

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.

TedEd animated course material "A day in the life of a teenage samurai", developed with Constantine N. Vaporis. See here for TedEd video and more information.

For more information about these and other programs and resources, visit the NCTA website
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