Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for October 1-9, 2020
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
CSCC Penn Project on the Future of US-China Relations Fall 2020 Webinar Series

“New Perspectives on US-China Relations: Trade and Competitiveness”

Fri, Oct. 2, 2020 @ 12: 30 pm  EDT
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EALC presents

"The Greatest Story Ever Told: Meditators, Madmen, and the Making of a Tibetan Saint” with Andrew H. Quintman 

Mon, Oct. 5, 2020 @ 6 pm  EDT
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Korean Studies Colloquium

"RM for President, K-pop Protest Repertoires and Populist Soft Power" with Michelle Cho

Thur, Oct. 8, 2020 @ 12: 30 pm  EDT
CEAS Humanities Colloquium 

"Urban Life in Ichijôdani, Japan, a Late Medieval Provincial City” with Morgan Pitelka

Thur, Oct. 8, 2020 @ 4: 30 pm  EDT
CSCC Penn Project on the Future of US-China Relations Fall 2020 Webinar Series

"Research, Education, and Academic Freedom”

Fri, Oct. 9, 2020 @ 12: 30 pm  EDT
Penn East Asia Faculty and Students Recent Activities
The CEAS Dialogue on Race event (09/17) made Penn Today. Read that story here:  "Examining race in East Asian Studies"

Guobin Yang's article on Insights (a journal of the Social Science Research Council), "In China, Pandemic Diaries United, and Divide, a Nation" shed light on the social and political significance of Wuhan’s digital pandemic diaries. Read the full article here.
Penn East Asia Faculty Presentations
The True Teaching? Japanese Buddhists and the Quasi-Sectarian Politics of Public Schooling, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Fall 2020 Numata Lecture with Prof. Jolyon Baraka Thomas, October 9, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Otsukimi ("Moonviewing") 2020 will be hosted by Shofuso via Zoom on October 1, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., general admission $15.

Japanese Classroom (Japanese 101), 10-week course begins the week of October 5, $400 (excluding textbooks). Registration is required for all classes.

Shofuso and Modernism Documentary Film PremiereOctober 9, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. General admission $15.

Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia Curator's Tour, October 10, 11, 17, 18, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. General admission $20.

To explore Philadelphia’s 300-year-old horticultural legacy, the Decorative Arts Trust Special Program: Philadelphia Gardens in Fall will visit Bartram’s Garden and Shofuso for curator-led tours on October 17, 2020, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., $125 (lunch included).
East Asian Studies Opportunities
The largest collection of Tsukioka Kōgyo’s woodblock prints has been digitized by the University of Pittsburgh Library System. This online collection comprises the largest digital representation of Kōgyo’s work freely available online. Please click here to see the collections.  
Call for Applications

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.

Caroline Humphrey Professorship of the Anthropology of Inner Asia, University of Cambridge Department of Social Anthropology. Application deadline December 1.

Submissions are open for the 27th Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students Conference at the Indiana University Bloomington, February 26-28. Deadline November 20.
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:

"From Our Classroom To Yours": An NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series​.  This is a series of NCTA Master Teacher workshops on integrating East Asia into your classroom. Each presentation will provide Act 48 for Pennsylvania teachers and Certificates of Completion for teachers from other states.

October 10th, 2020, 1-3pm: “Picture This! Traveling Through Time with Japanese Art and Manga”. Led by Angie Stokes. Click here for more information.


Global Issues Through Literature Book Discussion: Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang, Thursday, October 15, 5:00-8:00 pm EDT. NCTA Pitt is co-sponsoring this free book discussion with our colleagues in Pitt's Global Studies Center.  Factory Girls humanizes the large-scale sociological and economic transformations in China by following two young women who are part of the largest migration in human history--from the rural Chinese countryside into the country's burgeoning industrial cities. This reading group for educators will explore Chang's book from a global perspective. Content specialists will present the work and its context, and together we will brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the book and its themes into the curriculum. Participants will be provided with a free copy of the book. Pennsylvania teachers will receive Act 48 hours for professional development. Registration Deadline: October 1, 2020. To register for this program, please visit the link below:

NCTA-AMAM at Oberlin College: Perspectives in East Asian Art
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Eastern Time (5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Central Time)
Partnering with the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College, this free interactive presentation will provide an overview of the East Asian art collection at the AMAM, with examples of how to interpret works of art from the collection using different disciplinary lenses. Join museum curators in exploring renowned works of art through Augmented Reality (AR), and gain access to FREE online resources for K-12, including standard-driven lesson plans for cross-disciplinary and differentiated learning. The programs will be conducted by Zoom. You can sign up for one or all of these presentations. Act 48 for Pennsylvania teachers provided. Certificates of Completion available upon request for teachers who attend. To register, please visit the link here:

Five College Center for East Asian Studies upcoming webinars

Afro-Asian Ties: Sino-Black Relations
October 8, 2020 7:00-8:00 pm Eastern Time
Join Dr. Keisha Brown, Middle Tennessee State University, for a discussion on Chinese-African-American Relations.
Register here:

Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War, a Conversation with author Susan Southard
October 14, 2020 7:00-8:00 pm Eastern Time
Join author Susan Southard as she discusses her book which chronicles the lives of five Nagasaki bomb survivors.
Register here:


NCTA University of Colorado at Boulder: Fall short Programs for October - November
Online Contemporary Issues Course: Borders, Migrations, and Ethnicities: Three Case Studies in Teaching about China Today
October 8-November 20.
This three-module course explores current issues through the lens of human geography: Maps and borders: the case of Tibet; Export economy and migration: the case of Nanjing; and Ethnic conflict and nationalism: The case of Muslim Uyghurs.  Open to secondary social studies teachers with priority to those teaching about China during this school year.
To learn more and register, please visit the dflyer and application link below:


Online Film and Literature Group: Chinese History through Film and Literature: Two Case Studies for the Classroom
October 6 - November 9, 2020.
Explore how two important chapters in modern Chinese history-the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in the 1930s and the last days of the Kuomintang in Shanghai in the late 1940s - impacted Chinese lives. The group will discuss two classic films and paired literature. The course is open to secondary (6-12) teachers who teach about China as part of their required curriculum. To learn more and register, please visit the flyer and application link below:

University of Southern California U.S.-China Institute: East Asian Design: Architecture and Urbanism. October 13, 2020 - November 10, 2020: 9pm (Eastern Time) (6pm Pacific)
Join our NCTA colleagues at the University of Southern California U.S.-China Institute for a 5-part online seminar that will overview the multifaceted architectural and urbanist dimensions of East Asia - from its urban planning concepts and monuments, to construction techniques and aesthetic concepts. Lead by Professor Vinayak Bharne, USC School of Architecture, this seminar will extract some of the most defining epochs in East-Asian history, such as the spread of Buddhism, Colonialism, and the embrace and assimilation of Western Modernism. Going from Japan to China, and Korea to Hong Kong, this course will offer insights into how East Asian culture offers an intellectual counterpoint to the West, and why it remains deeply relevant to our increasingly globalizing world.
To learn more and register, please visit the link below:

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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