Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for August 27-September 4, 2020
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
The Future of U.S. - China Relations
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
8:00 PM CST | 8:00 AM EDT
More Information & How to Register
CSCC 8th Annual Conference 

"The Chinese Communist Party at 100: Assessing Its Roles"

September 3-4, 2020 
Virtual Conference via Zoom
More Information
Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Jacques deLisle (Penn Law, CSCC) wrote a piece for Perry World House's series "Penn on the World after COVID-19" that was featured in today's PennToday. The piece was titled "When the U.S.-China Rivalry Goes Viral". Read that short article at Perry World House here
Mark Bookman interviewed Yoshiko Okuyama in the latest episode of Asian Ethnology Podcast. The theme was Okuyama's recent monograph Reframing Disability in Manga. Click here for more information.
Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
Upcoming Programs at Shofuso/JASGP:
Philly Japanese Conversation Club, September 1, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
2020 Ikebana Exhibition, September 4-6, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia, exhibition at Shofuso showcasing the cross-country friendship between Shofuso’s architect and designers from the Philadelphia region.

This week's Regional East Asia CEAS pick:

Love Letters to Chinatown, part of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC)'s "Ai Love Chinatown" campaign. Click here to see more and submit your stories. 

See other collected resources at CEAS Resources page.
East Asian Studies Opportunities

The New School (NYC) is offering a free 10-week online seminar on Law, Justice and Human Rights in China, led by Jerome A. Cohen and Teng Biao. The seminar will be held on Wednesdays, Sept 16-Nov 18, 2020. See here for more information. Remember that Professor Cohen will visit us as our Distinguished East Asia Lecture on Nov. 19!
Calls for Abstracts

"Narratives of COVID-19 in China and the World: Technology, Society, and Nations", at Annenberg's Center on Digital Culture and Society (CDCS), March 19, 2021. Abstracts due Sept 1, 2020. See here for more information.
Call for Applications

2020 Asia Fellows, American Political Science Association (APSA) 2020 Workshop "Contentious Politics and its Repercussions in Asia," Jan 10-16, 2021, Seoul, Korea. Note: workshop has moved from Hong Kong to South Korea, and application deadlines were extended to Sept. 5th, 2020. See here for more information

The University of Michigan Department of Asian Languages and Cultures Ph.D. program welcomes applications for its Fall 2020 Preview Event: October 8-9, 2020. See here for more information.
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-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Online Seminar: Korea in the Ancient and Early Medieval World (1st c. BCE -1170 CE): A Professional Development Seminar for Secondary Teachers, Oct-Dec 2020.
How did the Korean peninsula develop into the distinct state and society, especially on the periphery of Chinese dynastic and Eurasian nomadic powers? What did Ancient and Early Medieval Korea (1st c. BCE - 1170 CE) contribute to the greater East Asian region? NCTA at the Program for Teaching East Asia offers this 24-hour course for secondary teachers (6-12) to consider these questions through the lenses of geopolitics and governance, trade, society, belief and thought systems, and technology across four periods of Korean history. Participating teachers will consider historiography and examine archaeological, artistic, and written primary sources for classroom application. The seminar will address the World History Content Standards. Course Format and Expectations: This seminar will be conducted through four asynchronous online modules, each consisting of pertinent readings and visual sources, and a participant discussion forum on content and pedagogy. The course begins October 1, 2020, with online introductions. The four modules run October 8-21; October 22-November 4; November 5-18; and November 19-December 9 (extended for Thanksgiving Break). A final paper and evaluation will be due December 20, 2020. Eligibility and Application: Secondary teachers nationwide are invited to apply. Enrollment is limited to 20 teachers; applications will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis. Preference will be given to world history, world geography and art history teachers and, additionally, to contract teachers and teachers who are not taking another fall 2020 TEA-NCTA online course. Registration closes September 18, 2020, or when course is full.
To register, please visit the link below:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Online Workshop: Teaching Korea Through Children's Literature, September 15 - October 6, 2020.
What can children's literature teach us about past and present Korean culture and society? What are some of the cultural meanings and traditions surrounding Korean children's stories? How can folktales and contemporary children's stories from Korea broaden our students' worldview? Join the Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) and Korean children's literature specialist, Dr. Dafna Zur (Stanford University) in an online workshop to explore these questions through exemplary children's literature about Korea (including Freeman Award Honorable Mention Books). The program will consider cross-curricular teaching activities for integrating Korea into K-8 literacy and social studies curricula. Teachers will participate in two synchronous live webinars and one two-week asynchronous online learning module in a program which includes:
* A presentation on Korean children's literature across the DMZ;
* Readings and discussion about Korean history, culture, and society, as well as pedagogy for literature-based cultural study; and
* Networking and sharing teaching ideas with other K-8 teachers.
Open to elementary and middle school teachers nationwide. Participants are responsible for acquiring the three books in advance of the workshop start date. Submission of evaluation and a teaching plan to be shared with fellow participants completes the program. Registration closes: Friday, September 11, 2020. To register, please click the link below:

NCTA is conducting a series of webinars with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania:

Drinking Tea in Japan
Wednesday, September 2, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Japanese tea drinking has been a part of Japanese culture and tradition for hundreds of years. The influence of Japanese tea has not only expanded across the globe, but it also developed into a practice with its own types of aesthetics.  Join Katsuko Shellhammer for a presentation on the history and types of tea in Japan. We will also explore modern ways to drink tea and what snacks to pair with your tea time. Finally, follow along at home and learn how to make dorayaki pancakes! Katsuko Shellhammer is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the Japan-America Society  of Pennsylvania. She holds a license to practice tea from the Urasenke school and is continuing her studies with local teacher Yuko Eguchi.
Register at:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Online Course on Modern Japan: Meiji Through WWII
Join our colleagues at the NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder. This 30-hour, eight-week online course focuses on Japan's story of becoming a modern nation and imperialist and global power, from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to Japan's WWII defeat in 1945. The course will introduce participants to current historical interpretations by leading scholars as well as classroom-applicable primary sources. Each of the four seminar modules will include an exploration of an online primary source resource collection, with discussion of instructional applications. This course is open to social studies teachers of grades 9-12 who teach about Japan as part of their required curriculum. Eligibility and Selection: Social studies teachers of grades 9-12 nationwide are invited to apply. Preference will be given to contract teachers whose required curriculum includes the history of Japan and who are not enrolling in another fall NCTA online seminar.
Seminar Dates: The course begins with a required Intro Period to review expectations and meet fellow participants, September 20-26. The formal course syllabus begins September 27 and continues with four two-week modules: September 27-October 10; October 11-24; October 25-November 7, and November 8-21. A short Curriculum Implementation Plan (CIP) and evaluation will be due by December 12.
To learn more and register, please visit the link below:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Online Course: Hong Kong on the Brink: An Online Course Linking Book Discussion & Current Issues
Join our colleagues at the NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder. This six-week, 18-hour NCTA course explores the evolution and current status of the Hong Kong democracy movement from the origins of the 2014 Umbrella movement to today. With China scholar Jeffrey Wasserstrom's February 2020 book Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink as a foundation, the class will also consider essays by China specialists, investigative news reports, and podcasts. Eligibility and Selection: This course is open to secondary school literature, social studies, history, and Chinese language teachers. Admission is selective, with priority given to grade 9-12 contract teachers whose required curriculum in one of these subject areas includes 21st-century China and who are not enrolling in multiple concurrent NCTA programs during the dates of this course. Book Group Dates: The course begins with online introductions September 28 and continues with three two-week modules: October 3-16; Oct. 17-30; and November 7-21, with a week off for the national election. Curriculum Implementation Plans are due December 9, 2020. Registration starts August 18 - September 21. To learn more and register, please visit:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Book Group: Japan Through Children's Literature: World War II Picture-book Biographies
Join our colleagues at the NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder. This book group will discuss the integration of biographies in social studies and literacy curriculum about wartime Japan and human rights. We will consider three picture-book biographies that depict respectively a Japanese diplomat, an atomic bomb survivor and a staff person in the Occupation General Headquarters. This course for K-8 teachers will explore historical narratives of war and peace in Japan, as well as writing and teaching biography on difficult topics for younger students. Eligibility and Expectations: Open to elementary and middle school teachers nationwide. Admission is selective and priority will be given to contract teachers whose curriculum incorporates Japan and teachers who have not previously taken an online course with the University of Colorado's NCTA or TEA programs. Participants are responsible for acquiring the three books in advance of the book group start date. Teachers are expected to: participate fully in all three module discussions and a live webinar with an author of one of the featured texts; submit a four-page Classroom Implementation Plan (CIP) describing ways to use the books in their teaching; and complete an evaluation. Online Format: The book group will be offered through three asynchronous modules and one live webinar. The book group opens with online introductions, September 25, 2020. The three modules run: October 2-15; October 16-29; and October 30-November 12, followed by a synchronous author webinar sponsored by NCTA at the Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Submission of a final paper and evaluation will complete the program on November 30, 2020. To learn more and register, please visit:

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:

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.

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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