Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter March 11 - 21, 2021
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
CEAS Classroom Series 

“Evolutionism in Historical Representations of 'Nomads” with David Sneath

Wed, March 17 @ 10 am EST
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Korean Studies Colloquium 

"By No Means Have They Been Completely Mellowed: Culture and the State on Chosŏn's Northern Border" with Alexander Martin 

Thur, March 18 2021@ 1 pm EST
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CEAS Humanities Colloquium

"The Men in Women's Hell: Gender in Daoist Blood Lake Soteriology in Pre-Modern China" with Jessey Choo

Thur, March 18 2021@ 4:30 pm EST
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CSCC Co-Sponsored Symposium 

Narratives of COVID-19 in China and the World: Technology, Society, and Nations

March 19-20 2021@ 8:30 am- 12 pm EST
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CEAS in the Media
This week the CEAS and Japanese Language Program film screening and panel discussion of Alone Again in Fukushima was featured in Penn Today. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Read full story here.
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Sign Up for Penn KSA Talk Coffee Chats with Sunbaes (Upperclassmen)

Penn Taiwanese Society Weekly Study Sessions Every Monday on 9PM EST

Rewatch 102nd March 1st Korea Independence Movement Day (Samil) Annual Ceremony by KAAGP Phila on YouTube

Coffee & Cocktails: Japan's Changing Role in Asia A Business Perspective with Tomoko Hosaka Mullaney of the Asia Group, Washington D.C. on March 11 8PM EST

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.

Women's History Month Lecture, Tsuda Umeko: Philadelphia to Japan, Pioneering Women's Education with Professor Masako Iino (Tsuda University), Professor Linda Chance (University of Pennsylvania) on March 17th 8PM EST

Jolyon Thomas (Penn) will be part of a virtual roundtable titled "Why Scholars of Religion Must Investigate the Corporate Form" with co-authors of a recent JAAR article, Levi McLaughlin, Aike P. Rots, and Chika Watanabe on March 19th at 12pm via Princeton University. More information can be found here

Breathing Body: Activating and Releasing from the Inside Out by Korean movement artist Jungwoong Kim at Woori Center  Every Monday, March 8th to April 12th 8-8:45PM EST

Shofuso Scheduled Re-Opening March 20
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (for Penn Students):

Penn Semester Abroad Advising Sessions Now Open: Penn Abroad has officially opened advising sessions for Semester Abroad Fall 2021. South Korea and Japan are listed in the limited number of accepted programs, while China and Taiwan are not. Penn Abroad Fall 2021 Applications Application deadline: Mid March

Penn Chinese Calligraphy Club Interest Form PCC is a new club at Penn dedicated to traditional Chinese art and calligraphy. No prior experience necessary! Board Applications are due March 12, 11:59PM EST.

Kim Program Graduate Fellow Applications Apply by March 22nd

Penn Abroad New Virtual Internships Abroad (VIA) Program for Summer 2021 Apply by April 1, 2021 to be considered for various roles in China, Japan, and other countries.

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:

Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh: High School Asia Challenge Simulation
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 8:30am-3pm (Eastern Time). Encourage your high school students interested in international studies and/or Asian studies to join the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center's  annual High School Asia Challenge simulation. This year's simulation-- which will follow a format much like the Model United Nations--will be conducted entirely online and student teams are being accepted from high schools across the USA. The goal of the Asia Challenge is to give students a chance to learn about the history, politics, economics and cultures of Asia and the surrounding region through a collaborative simulation. Teams will be assigned to represent the countries that belong to the The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the simulation will address immediate and long-term crises affecting the partnership. This year's simulation will deal with the conflict on the Korean Peninsula and issues such as labor, the environment, and state-owned enterprises. Registration will close on Wednesday, February 10, or once the event has reached capacity.  Contact Cathy Fratto ( with any questions. To register, please visit:


2021 Japan Lecture Series: Japanese Culture Through Video Games
Weds, March 31, 2021, 6:00-8:00 p.m. EDT
Japanese video games have had a significant impact on the medium worldwide. Dr. Rachael Hutchinson considers how ‘Japan’ has been packaged for domestic and overseas consumers, and how Japanese designers have used the medium to express ideas about home and nation, nuclear energy, war and historical memory, social breakdown, and bioethics. She explores how ideology and critique are conveyed through game narrative and character design as well as user interface, cabinet art, and peripherals. Ultimately, she argues that Japanese artists have expressed similar ideas in the video game medium as in older narrative forms such as literature and film. This lecture Co-Sponsored with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania. See here for more information.


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:

Lunar New Year - Collected History and Teaching Resources from NCTA

The Lunar New Year: Rituals and Legends - Asia For Educators

Chinese Zodiac: Know Your Animal and Personality Type

Singapore Lion Dance Video Resource - Youtube

Celebrating the Year of the Ox through Art Objects - The Metropolitan Museum

Year of the Ox 2021 - Smithsonian Institute

China's Annual Lunar New Year Migration

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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