Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter April 2 - 11, 2021
East Asia and Equity at Penn
The Center for East Asian Studies supports the following local resources and events in our continued collective struggle against racism and racist violence in all forms:
Penn voices
Josephine Park, Director of the Asian American Studies Program, on Atlanta and the History of Anti-Asian Violence

Penn resources
Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian American Students and Scholars
Stopping the Hate and Starting to Heal
Anti-Racism Resources
Philadelphia events
Stop Anti-Asian Hate Vigil @ FDR Park (led by Cambodian Association/Vendors Association of FDR Park, Saturday April 3, 12pm

'We won't be silent anymore': Hundreds rally in solidarity with Philadelphia Asian communities (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Philadelphia joins national day of protest against anti-Asian racism (WHYY)
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Penn Forum on Japan Critical Race Studies

"Epistemology of the Violets: Heuristics toward a Sensorium of Afro-Japanese Co-creativity" with Will Bridges 

Tue April 6, 2021@ 4:00 pm EDT
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CSCC Speaker Series 

"The Limits of State-Led Innovation: Evidence from Chinese Patents" with Yuen Yuen Ang

Thur April 8, 2021@ 12 pm EDT
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CSCC Weekly Series 

"Patriarchal Racism: The Convergence of Anti-blackness and Gender Tensions on Chinese Social Media" with Benson Zhou

Fri April 9, 2021@ 12 pm EDT
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Co-sponsored by CEAS and Perry World House  
Summit 2021: US-Japan Relations, Past Present and Future

Consul General of Japan in New York Kanji Yamanouchi and Former Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobukatsu Kanehara describe Japanese aims and accomplishments at the Apr. 9, 2021 Suga-Biden summit in Washington and reflect upon U.S.-Japan relations, past, present and future.
Thursday April 15, 2021@ 7 pm EDT
More Information and how to register
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Join PAAF Film Club Philly Asian American Film Festival Film Club will meet virtually once a month, March-August 2021 and provide an open space and lively conversation about a specially selected list of important A&PI-centered films.

Minari Movie Night with Philadelphia Asian and Queer Saturday April 3rd 7PM

Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania Virtual Japanese-English Reading Circle  Every Saturday from April 3rd to June 19th 5-6:30PM EDT

Shofuso Cherry Blossom Viewing: Virtual Ohanami Saturday, April 10, 10 am EST
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (for Penn Students):

Apply for Penn Global Student Citizenship Award Deadline April 4th for Graduate and Undergraduate Penn Students

Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (outside Penn):
Opportunities for Regional Educators

2021 CEAS K-12 NCTA Professional Development Seminar “Cultural Identities and Cross Cultural Connections in East Asia: Influences from the Classical Period to the Present”, June 21-July 1

A seminar for educators featuring top scholars and practitioners in history, art, and literature, with workshops on music, food, calligraphy and museum visits

This course is designed to deepen your knowledge of China, Japan, Korea, this course will encourage teaching and learning about East Asia’s political, social, and cultural history. Each session is built around a content speaker and group discussion, making the seminar perfect for K-12 teachers of World History, World Cultures, Geography, Economics, Language and Language Arts, Literature, Visual and Performing Arts.

Topics will include:

  • Foundations: Confucianism, Buddhism and Buddhist art in context
  • Early Chinese civilization: Han, Tang and Song Dynasties

  • Early Japan and Korea: Art, literature and history

  • East Asia in the Early Modern World: history and the arts

  • Discrimination in East Asia: nationality politics and racism
  • Contemporary East Asia

Highlighted activities will include:

  • Virtual museum tours
  • Interactive food activities: pulling noodles and Japanese tea ceremony demonstration
  • Musical demonstrations of Japanese and Chinese instruments
  • Interactive brush painting activity

Benefits for educators who complete all seminar requirements:

  • Certificate of Completion (36 hours) will be given to all K-12 educators who complete the course requirements.
  • PA teachers will also be eligible for up to 36 ACT 48 hours
  • $200 professional stipend to each participant upon satisfactory completion of all seminar requirements: attendance at all sessions and submission of all written assignments
  • $100 mini-grant for school-related materials and activities
  • Seminar books and teaching materials
  • Complimentary subscription to Education About Asia
  • Certificate of completion (36 hours)
  • NCTA alumni have access to alumni newsletters with updates on free programs, online resources, recommended books and films, and opportunities for travel to East Asia

Deadline to register: April 30, 2021. See HERE for more information.


Teaching the Asian Olympics and Paralympics: Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Beyond
Saturday, April 17, 2021
9:00am-12:10pm (Eastern Time)
No events draw the world’s attention like the Olympics and Paralympics, especially for the host city and country. As we approach this summer’s games, we explore the many meanings of the Olympics for China, Japan, and South Korea, from displaying recovery to promoting democracy. We also highlight the Paralympics and the ways that Asian hosts have contributed to the Paralympic movement.  Join Dr. Ethan Segal, other scholars and master NCTA alums for an intriguing, engaging session, that will offer learning, interactive conversation, and practical suggestions for how to incorporate the Olympics and Paralympics into your teaching. Click here to register.


NCTA Book Discussion Workshop:
Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry

April 8, 2021 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern Time)
April 28, 2021 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Eastern Time)

On March 11th, ten years will have passed since one of the world's strongest earthquakes struck near the coast of northeastern Japan, triggering tsunami and a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Plant. The events of 3.11, as they are known in Japan, have had a lasting impact on the politics, environment, and collective psyche of the nation. Richard Lloyd Parry's book Ghosts of the Tsunami chronicles the immediate impact and lingering effects of the wave on one community in northern Japan. Lloyd Parry, Asia editor and Tokyo bureau chief of The Times of London, spent six years traveling to the village of Okawa where the tsunami took a devastating human toll. Beautifully written and deeply researched, Ghosts of the Tsunami renders a local Japanese story of tragedy into a universal tale of trauma, suffering, remembrance, and activism.  This two-part online book workshop/discussion group for educators will be led by Dr. Shawn Bender of Dickinson College and Ms. Michele Beauchamp, NCTA alum and literature specialist. In the first session on April 8, Dr. Bender will contextualize the book within the larger discourse of 3.11 in Japan and Ms. Beauchamp will discuss ways of integrating the book's themes into classroom instruction. In the second part of the workshop/discussion group on April 28, Mr. Lloyd Parry will appear in conversation with Dr. Bender and take questions from participants. Both evenings will be conducted via Zoom. Everyone who registers will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Pennsylvania educators who participate in both nights of the workshop will receive ACT 48 Hours (educators from other states will receive a certificate of completion for professional development.)  To register for both programs, please click on the link below:


Princeton East Asian Studies Virtual Program for Teachers: Current Issues in China and the Korean Peninsula

Saturday April 10, 9am-12pm: "A Tale of Two Countries: North and South Korea"
Speakers: Ksenia Chizhova, Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, "Korea as an Influential Player in Early Modern East Asia"; Victor Cha, Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; "The Biden Era and the Korean Peninsula";

Saturday April 17, 9am-12pm: "Teaching Trade, Military Strategy, and Human Rights in Contemporary China"
Speakers: Rebecca Clothey, Associate Professor of Education, Drexel University, "Human Rights in Contemporary China: The Case of the Uyghurs"; Thomas Christensen, Professor of Public and Int’l Affairs, Columbia University, "China and the World; China and Its Neighbors in 2021:Trade Issues and Geopolitical Strategy"

For more information and to sign-up for the two sessions, please click here.


Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

The Arts of China - Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Arts of China Teaching Toolkit is designed for elementary teachers and their students with the goal of enriching their exploration of Chinese art and culture. The lessons focus on artworks from the Brooklyn Museum's Chinese collection and exhibitions.  Arts of China collection ranges from the Neolithic era (circa 3000 B.C.E.) to today, revealing the sophistication of Chinese craftsmanship and the variety of concerns-funerary, courtly, religious, and poetic-that combined to define traditional Chinese culture.  Arts of China Teaching Toolkit includes twelve individual lessons, divided into three thematic units: Geography and Environment, Belief Systems, and Global Exchange.

Japanese Tea Ceremony - Five College Center for East Asian Studies This digital curriculum project looks to explore Japanese Tea Ceremony, or Chado (茶道) through its history, themes, and the material culture of tea. Understand the rituals and practices behind this traditional art through images and descriptions compiled by Dr. Yuko Eguchi-Wright, a certified tea master of the Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony. This wonderful resource includes videos of each step of the Tea Ceremony as well as descriptions of the practices and implements that form a part of the ceremony.

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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