Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for November 12-22, 2020
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
CEAS Humanities Colloquium 

"Performative Law-Abidance and Spaces of Impunity in Meiji Japan" with Reo Matsuzaki (and Fabian Bixler)

Thur, Nov. 12, 2020 @ 4:30 pm  EDT
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Penn Libraries, Penn Alumni Education, Penn Alumni Travel

Rare Books: How a Met-worthy Collection of Japanese Illustrated Books Landed at Penn
With Julie Davis, students, and collector Arthur Tess

Thurs, Nov. 12, 2020 @ 4 pm  EDT
Link to live event
Korean Distinguished Lecture 

"The Political Economy of Parasite" with Ha-Joon Chang

Thur, Nov. 12, 2020 @ 5 pm  EDT
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CSCC Speaker Series 

"Translation and the Virus: COVID-19, Cyber Politics and Wuhan Diary" with Michael Berry 

Fri, Nov. 13, 2020 @ 12:30 pm  EDT
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EALC Speaker Series

"Lama, Emperor, Icon: Art, Tantra, and the Right to Rule" with Karl Debreczeny 

Mon, Nov. 16, 2020 @ 6 pm  EDT
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Penn in China
The Past, Present and Future of Chinese New Cities
Wed, Nov. 18, 2020 @ 7 am  EDT
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Korean Studies Colloquium  

"Techno-fiction: Science Fictional Imagination in Post-industrializing South Korea" with Dahye Kim 

Thur, Nov. 19, 2020 @ 12 pm  EDT
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CSCC Speaker Series  

"Local Citizenship and Economic Development in China" with Samantha Vortherms 

Thur, Nov. 19, 2020 @ 12:30 pm  EDT
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CEAS Distinguished East Asia Lecture

"A Lifetime of Adventures in East Asia" with Jerome A. Cohen

Thur, Nov. 19, 2020 @ 4:30 pm  EDT
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Freedom Crossing Film Festival 2nd weekend: Crossing Faith and Religion

CEAS is partnering with the Freedom Crossing Film Festival on a virtual East Asia religious studies-focused film festival throughout the month of November! Due to this co-sponsorship, University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, and staff can contact CEAS for a discount code. This weekend there are 4 films and 2 workshops!

-Fri, Nov 13 7pm EST until 7pm Nov 14: Dialogue with Beliefs (與信仰對話)
-Fri 9pm EST until 9pm Nov 14: Tsunma, Tsunma My Summer with the Female Monastics of the Himalaya (尊瑪、尊瑪:我和她們在喜馬拉雅的夏天)
-Sat, Nov 14 9am EST Workshop: Global Buddhist Women: Liberation Stories Crossing the Himalayas, Taiwan, US, and the World.
Zoom registration link
With Dr. Christie Chang, Minghua Hsiao, the Venerable Geshemas Chopa Tenzin Lhadron and Tenzin Deden, the Venerable Tsunma Tenzin Dasel, and Darcie Price-Wallace.
-Sat, Nov 14 7pm EST until 7pm Nov 15th: US PREMIERE: The Shepherds (牧者)
-Sat, Nov 14 9pm EST until 9pm Nov 15: US PREMIERE: The Path of Destiny (不得不上路)
-Sun, Nov 15 9am EST Workshop: Crossing Faiths and Religion: Dialogue for 21st Century Democracy
Zoom registration link
With Prof Leonard Swidler, Minghua Hsiao, Chun-Kai YANG, and Elvis LU
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Penn East Asia Faculty and Graduate Student
Recent and Upcoming Activities
Mark Bookman will be speaking on "Democratic Crisis and Institutional Reform: How the Olympic and Paralympic Games Helped Reshape Disability Welfare in Japan" as part of the CUNY Japanese Studies Curriculum Development Series on November 13, 11:00 a.m. (EST). Register here.

Genevieve Tan will be presenting "Marriage of Convenience: Constructing a Japanese Model of Empire Through Intermarriage, 1919-1937" at the Oxford International History of East Asia Seminar, November 16, 1:00 p.m. GMT. Registration required; email to register.

Invitation for Asian and Asian American Post-Docs & Faculty and Staff - Restorative Practice Circles for November. Click here to register. 
  • The Post-Doc session will be held on Wednesday, November 18th from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM ET.
  • The Faculty and Staff session will be held on Thursday, November 19th from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM ET.
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
There are many East Asia-related films in this weekend's annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival! Check out their website and get your tickets now! Philadelphia Asian America Film Festival (November 5-15, 2020).

Munakata Shiko and Arthur Flory’s Creative Exchange Through Printmaking, Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, November 13, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (EST). Registration required $15. 

Virtual Fall Forum: Modern Japanese Architecture and Design in America, November 18, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. EST. Registration required.

Craft Beer Connection: Pennsylvania, Japan and the Business of Beer, November 19, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST. Registration required, general admission $15.
East Asian Studies Opportunities
CEAS grants for Penn Faculty and Students:

Applications for CEAS Conference and Research grants now being accepted. Application deadline extended to Nov. 16, 2020. See grant application page for more information.

Applications for CEAS support of Penn faculty and student-organized East Asia conferences are also now being accepted. Application deadline extended to Nov. 16, 2020. See conference support page for more information.

Applications for 2020-21 East Asia Course Development Grant are also being accepted. See the Course Development grant page for more information. Application deadline extended to Nov. 16, 2020.
Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (at Penn):
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: Tibetan Buddhism in the Social Studies Classroom
November 16, 2020, 7-9pm Eastern
(Part of From Our Classrooms To Yours NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series) Join Stephanie Rizas for an exploration on integrating Tibetan Buddhism into your social studies classroom. Are you curious about Tibetan Buddhism and how it can be incorporated in the classroom? This presentation is for you! We will discuss the basic tenets of Tibetan Buddhism with a focus on some of the more unique aspects of its believers: the use of the mandala, khora, and the role of reincarnation. We will discuss and use clips from various films, including Unmistaken Child, Kundun, and Seven Years in Tibet. We will discuss the political role of the Dalai Lama and the future of Tibetan Buddhism in modern China as well. Prepare to learn, to meditate, and to admire the beauty of Tibetan Buddhism! To register for this program, please click here:

Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

NCTA Princeton virtual conference: From the Silk Road to the Belt and Road: Economies, Trade, and Cultural Exchanges in Eurasia from the Classical Age to the Present. The conference, to be held virtually via Zoom, is for teachers of Social Studies, World Literature, Art, and the Humanities in grades 5-12.  Please see attached flyer for more details. 3 Saturdays: Jan. 9th, 23rd, and 30th, 2021, 9am-1pm. For more info and to register on-line, go to:

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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