Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for January 14 - 24, 2021
Attention Students: List of spring 2021 East Asia-focused courses updated on the CEAS website
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
EALC Speaker Event

Migration, Identity and Colonial Fantasies in a Fifth-Century Story Collection, with Dr. Xiaofei Tian, Harvard University

Thur, Jan 21, 2021@ 4:30 pm EST
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Korean Studies Colloquium

"A Parallel World?: Notes on Alternative Academia in South Korea" with Nuri Kim

Thur, Jan 28, 2021@ 1:00 pm EST
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Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Tomoko Takami was honored recently as she was elected President of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Congratulations Tomoko!
Takami Sensei was also featured in a Japanese-language interview as part of a small project interviewing language teachers around the world.

CEAS Associate Director David Dettmann gave a Living Room Lecture for Penn Museum on January 7th about his blog, Asian Markets of Philadelphia. That is now online at Penn Museum's Vimeo page

M. Susan Lindee's (SAS) new book Rational Fog: Science and Technology in Modern War was featured in last week's Penn Today. See here for that interview.

Nursing student Amy Xia shares her virtual internship experience with a Korean pharmaceutical company. See that article at Penn Global here: Virtual Internships Abroad: Stepping Outside of My Comfort Zone (December 14, 2020).

Ayako Kano and Linda Chance of (EALC) discussed Oosouji, the traditional Japanese New Year’s cleaning in a recent Penn Today. Read the full article here.

Selene Li, now a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from Livingston, New Jersey, spent the summer after her freshman year conducting research in Japan as a part of Penn’s Global Research and Internship Program. Read the full article here
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) webinar

U.S. Policy toward Taiwan: Toward a Stronger U.S.-Taiwan Relationship

Thur, Jan 21, 2021@ 11:00 pm EST
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The Life of Japanese Americans at Seabrook Farms during the Second World War, January 30, 2:00-3:30 pm.

11th Annual Virtual Shofuso Cherry Blossom 10K/5K, April 10-April 18. Registration is open, $35 (Price increases after February 12, 11:59 pm EST)
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Art/Design contest sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership: Mask Up 2020. See CGP's website for more information.
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:

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 DVD of 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. To register for the film screening and educator workshop, please visit:


Pandemic Pedagogy: COVID-19 and Education about Asia
February 2, 2021, 7-9pm (Eastern Time)
With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world responded by closing borders, shutting down market access, and stoking xenophobic nationalism. The so-called "China virus" led to a metaphorical pandemic of anti-Asian sentiment, with numerous companies, governments, and individuals infected. The study of Asia and cross-cultural difference has rarely been more important than now. Come join the authors of Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic to discuss ways in which we can use case studies from the pandemic to enhance our Asia-related curriculum. Participants will engage in conversation with the authors and will receive a complimentary copy of the book. This program will be conducted over Zoom. Participants will be sent their complementary copy of the book after the workshop concludes on February 2. To register, please click on the link below:


NCTA Workshop: "More Than Just K-POP: Take the Journey of Korea" February 13, 2021, 10am-12pm (Eastern Time)
Uncover some of the most exciting cultural icons of this country through an interactive exploration of Korea! From the 7th century Cheomseongdae Observatory to the 15th century development of the Hangul writing system to today's efforts in preserving Moon Bear populations, join us on this virtual tour of South Korea's geography and history while learning how to use these activities in your own classroom. The participants will not only learn about how to incorporate Korean content in the classroom in a fun, engaging way. This workshop will be conducted over Zoom. All K-12 Educators (pre-service and in-service teachers, librarians, and administrators) are welcomed. For more information, see the workshop website.


University of Colorado, Boulder: TEA-NCTA Upcoming 2021 Online Courses Join our colleagues at the University of Colorado, Boulder NCTA  and apply now for new TEA-NCTA online courses beginning in January.

Seminar: Chinese Literature through History Part II: 20th Century, January 20 - March 9, 2021. This course examines literary writings from China's 20th century in historical context, including important pieces of literature from the May 4th, Republican, Maoist and Reform eras. The course is open to contract secondary (6-12) teachers who teach about China as part of their required curriculum.  Flyer and Application HERE.

Online Book Group: Japan through Children's Literature: Basho's Edo Japan. January 29 - April 8, 2021.This course features three picture books about Matsuo Bashō, a famous haiku poet, and his home and environs in 17th-century Edo-period Japan. Participants will explore the geography of Japan through poetry and woodblock prints and discuss classroom applications. Open nationally to contract K-8 teachers. Flyer and application HERE

Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

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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