Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for July 30-August 7, 2020
On July 30th, 2020 observant Muslims around the world will celebrate the Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha). In China, the holiday is more commonly known by its Persian name, "Kurban Festival" (古尔邦节). Typically Kurban Festival begins with prayer at neighborhood mosques and ends with large family and/or communal meals, often prepared with sacrificial sheep. This year will be different, as many regions in China will have restrictions on public gatherings. Image of the Great Mosque in Tongxin, Ningxia (seat of the first Hui Autonomous Soviet in 1936) by David Dettmann
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Korean Studies Colloquium

“The Immigrant Growth Machine and the Political Opportunity Structures of Place in Koreatown, Los Angeles” with Angie Chung

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 10 pm EDT, (11 am Friday Seoul time)

For Zoom link, please email Seok Lee ( with your name, affiliation, and email.

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Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Paul Goldin's (EALC) The Art of Chinese Philosophy has made the Times Literary Supplement's Summer Books List for 2020. Read Hannah Smith's recommendation here. Congratulations Paul!

Andy Eskenazi, a third year Penn undergrad minoring in EALC, published a revised version of the paper he wrote for Professor Atwood's EALC 004 course, "Mongolian Civilization: Nomad and Sedentary" in the Asian Institute of University of Toronto's Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies titled "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Mongolia’s Economic Dependence on China with a Focus on the Mining Industry" Congratulations Andy!

Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
Upcoming events:

Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania is holding a series of Virtual Japanese-English Reading Circles. Sessions run from July to September, with the next upcoming event Aug. 1st, 5-6:30pm. See here for more details and how to sign up.

This week's Regional East Asia CEAS pick:

Large scale jewelry! Check out "Upper Body Ornament", a 1997 piece by Matsushima Sakurako featured online at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
See more recently collected resources at CEAS Resources page.
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Call for Proposals
The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) put out an additional call for special topics for its hybrid March 25-28, 2021 Conference in Seattle, Washington. AAS membership is not a requirement for proposal submission or participation, and proposals are due Aug 4, 2020. The invitation for special topics includes issues addressing racial injustice, violence, and oppression. See the AAS 2021 Conference website for more information.

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

Fellowships and grants (outside Penn):
  • Japanese Research Fellowship (formerly the Hakuhodo Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship) is now taking applications. Deadline to apply: October 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 Northeast Asia Council Grants. The AAS Northeast Asia Council is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 round of its grant programs in Japan Studies and Korean Studies, made possible with support from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the Korea Foundation. Grants are available for short-term research travel, or to organize seminars or small scholarly conferences on Japan or Korean Studies. Application deadline is October 1, 2020.
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.

University of Washington NCTA: Teaching from Contemporary Asian Art: Student-Centered Engagement Strategies, August 6, 2020, 5-7 PM (Eastern Time).
What does an image tell us about the artist's point of view? How do contemporary Asian artists integrate cultural histories into their practices? How can educators encourage students to share their perspectives, as well as connect art to issues that affect their families and communities? In partnership with the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), this virtual workshop focuses on facilitation skills to deepen student connection to contemporary Asian artists, their work, and their stories. Participants will learn how close-looking strategies foster an inclusive space for students to share their ideas. In conjunction, SAM and EARC educators will introduce works of contemporary Asian art that explore relevant themes of protest, migration, and identity. In small groups, participants will practice these skills together and collaborate on classroom applications. Featured in the Seattle Asian Art Museum's Be/longing exhibition, the highlighted artworks can be integrated in Social Studies, Visual Art, English Language Arts, and a range of other curricula across grade levels. This program is designed for K-12 classroom teachers as an introduction to using art in the classroom. All are welcome. To register and learn more, please click on the link below:

Teaching on the Silk Roads: An NCTA Online Workshop for K-12 Educators
Thursday, August 20, 2020.  6-8:30pm (EASTERN TIME)
Viewing world history from the vantage point of the Silk Roads can challenge the Eurocentrism of mainstream history and introduce a more balanced view of the past. In this online workshop we will explore the global significance of this trade network that connected India, Central and East Asia, and Europe for over a thousand years. We will especially focus on the development and spread of Buddhism and also discuss the momentous discovery of the largest cache of historic documents and artifacts found in the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang that bear witness to the cultural, religious, social and commercial activity that took place along the Silk Roads. Part of our exploration of the Silk Roads will involve interactive mapping (using ArcGIS Online) which teachers and students can use throughout the school year to:
1)    Complete a distance analysis of the locations along the Silk Roads
2)    Examine the landscapes of the Silk Roads
3)    Evaluate "the reach" of the Silk Roads in terms of goods, cultures and diseases
All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for professional development reporting. Pennsylvania educators will receive Act 48 professional development hours. This program is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (funded by the Freeman Foundation) at the University of Pittsburgh.  Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Center,  European Studies Center, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.  The program will be conducted via Zoom. To register for this program, please click here.
Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies Online NCTA Seminar
Sept 7th-Nov 15, 2020, ONLINE
Join our NCTA colleagues at the Five Colleges Center for this 10-week online seminar, we will consider the experiences of the people of Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, both in war time 1945 and in post-1945 peace time. The objective of this course is to carefully consider the experiences and voices of the people in Japan who were impacted by the events to be discussed. Participants will complete required weekly readings, participate in weekly asynchronous online discussions, view archived one-hour webinars and 2 short films, and participate in several (3-4) synchronous one-hour webinars. A final classroom implementation plan is also required. Participants who successfully complete all of the course requirements by the deadline will receive a $150 stipend, a one-year subscription to Education about Asia and a certificate of completion for 40 contact hours. There are no prerequisites for this seminar, but some familiarity with the Battle of Okinawa and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be helpful. We expect that the weekly time commitment will be approximately six hours inclusive of all activities. Participants will have access to materials prior to the beginning of the course and may read ahead. Books will be mailed in mid-August, and participants will be able to access all required online readings at that time. Deadline to apply is August 10, 2020 at Noon (Eastern Time). To learn more and apply, please click on the link below:

Other upcoming Nation-wide NCTA online programs include:

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies is hosting a group of upcoming webinars. These webinars focus on the Ties that Bind project that seeks out local connections between the US and East Asia:

Online Film Discussion Group: China/Avant-Guarde: Exploring Modern China through Art
Join our colleagues at the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh in an exploration of modern China through the lens of art. China has transformed politically, economically and physically over the past 25 years. Art reflects the visual evidence of this change both within the artists and their artwork and offers a unique platform for discussing the complexities of China's economic boom. China/Avant-Garde: Exploring Modern China through Art is the first in a series of online modules as part of our new Pennsylvania Teaching International Studies Through the Arts initiative. The module will provide access to view two documentaries-Inner Visions: Avant-Garde Art in China (1993) and Art in Smog (2018), an interview with the filmmaker Lydia Chen, and a curriculum guide for integrating the material into your classroom. Upon completion, participants may be eligible for the following materials: video links to stream documentaries, Avant-Garde Art in China book, resource materials and certificate of completion.To learn more and register, please click the link below:

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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