Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for July 3-10, 2020
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Attention Asian and Asian-American Faculty, Staff, and Post-docs:

Penn Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), Pan-Asian Faculty & Staff Association (PAFSA), Restorative Practices @ Penn, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Special Services/Division of Public Safety, and Penn Global are organizing a restorative practice dialogue:
  • Tuesday, July 7th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, English Session w/ Dr. Soumya Madabhushi, Sana Saeed, & Dr. Anh Le
For more information and to register for either session, visit the program's Eventbrite page and contact with any questions.
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Korean Studies Colloquium

"Putting 'Cogs in the Machine' in Context: Effect of Female supervisors on Gender Wage Gaps Within Workgroups with Young-Mi Kim 

Thursday, July 7, 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 Talks
Rare Book School virtual webinar with Julie Nelson Davis: Picturing the Floating World: Ukiyo-e in Context
A 40-minute Zoom presentation followed by 30-minutes of Q&A scheduled for:
Wednesday, 8 July, 4–5:10 p.m. ET.

For registration details, please visit the RBS website
Penn East Asia Faculty in the Media
In Tuesday, June 30th's The Philadelphia Inquirer, Linda Chance (EALC) was featured in an opinion piece by Trudy Rubin. See that piece here: Japan crushed COVID-19 by masking while Trump mocks masks.
New Japanese Studies Librarian

Rebecca Mendelson obtained her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2020, M.A. from Duke University in 2016, and B.A. from Oberlin College in 2003. Her research interests include modern Japanese Zen, religion in the Japanese empire, transnational Buddhism, and gender in East Asian religions. Her dissertation—based on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japanese print culture—focused on Zen’s popularization in modern Japan and the roots of the worldwide Zen boom. Her interest in Japanese studies was sparked while studying Buddhism in Japan as an undergraduate. Before beginning graduate school, she pursued her interest in Japanese Buddhism at the Rochester Zen Center, where she served as staff while engaging in quasi-monastic Zen practice. She is excited to join Penn’s East Asian Studies community as Japanese Studies Librarian, and to bring to this role her passion for supporting Japanese Studies teaching, learning, and research.

Welcome Rebecca!

Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
2020 Virtual Tanabata Event, Tuesday July 7, 11:00am-5:00pm See here for more information
Japanese Conversation Club (virtual event), Tuesday July 7, 6:30-8:00pm. See here for more information

Penn Museum WORLD WONDERS: A Trip to China and Beyond
Part 1, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 11:00-11:30 am. Virtual event, registration required. For more information 

Part 2, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 11:00-11:30 am. Virtual event, registration required. For more information

This week's Regional East Asia CEAS pick:
Barnes Takeout: Art Talk on Buddhist Sculpture from Tianlongshan, China (YouTube video tour)
Fellowship and Funding Opportunities
Attention Penn Graduate Students: Perry World House is now accepting applications for the PWH Graduate Associates Program. Students from every discipline and Penn school are eligible. See here for more details. Application deadline is July 13th, 2020.

  • 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.

Detroit Institute of Art Summer Workshop Series for K-12 Educators: A museum-classroom integration workshop series co-sponsored by Pitt NCTA
During these grade-level targeted workshops, educators will discover new ways of incorporating specific works from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) into their curriculum as they learn more about the narratives told by the objects and images specific to the Asian galleries. They will receive access to a variety of lesson materials including readings, graphic organizers, and activities which will enhance student experiences both in their own classrooms and during their gallery and virtual visits to the DIA. Teachers will learn how to integrate images into a variety of critical-thinking activities as a means of facilitating more productive class investigations while learning how to use specific museum objects to engage students in close looking and descriptive writing activities. Additionally, teachers will learn how to access and use DIA materials for remote learning opportunities. NCTA alumna Angie Stokes will be sharing the new, cross-curricular Asian galleries curriculum with teachers and demonstrating how to use the lessons, graphic organizers, and resource materials in both regular and virtual classroom settings.
SYMBOL AND STORY: Investigating Imagery in East Asian Art (Elementary Grade Level)
Thursday, July 16, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
This workshop is geared toward elementary teachers of all disciplines and will help them to gain a better understanding of the use of symbolic imagery in East Asian art. Participants will be able to strengthen cross-curricular lessons by learning new ways of connecting various symbols in artistic works with the specific plants, animals, and cultures. Professor Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Montana, will speak about the use of botanical imagery and other important symbols in Japanese art.
A PERFECTLY MATERIAL WORLD: Exploring Objects in East Asian Art (Middle School Grade Level)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
This workshop is geared toward middle school teachers of all disciplines and will help them to better identify the materials and techniques used by East Asian artists to create their work by investigating the studio environment of the literati scholar and artist. Professor Yunshuang Zhang, Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University, will speak about material culture and the development of the literati's studio in China.
BEING DIPLOMATIC: How Art Helps to Spread Ideas (High School Grade Level)
Thursday, July 23, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
This workshop is geared toward high school teachers of all disciplines and will help them to learn about the dynamic exchange of objects and ideas throughout East Asia through the spread of Buddhism while gaining a deeper understanding of the impact of cultural exchange over time. Professor Hongyu Wu, Assistant Professor of Religion at Ohio Northern University, will speak about mandalas and the use of Buddhist images in art.

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:

Ties that Bind: Chinese in New England (and more)
Thursday, July 23, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Dr. Wing-kai To, Bridgewater State University
Ties that Bind: Japanese in New England (and beyond)
Monday, July 27, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Dr. Gary Mukai, Stanford University
Ties that Bind: Mississippi Delta Chinese
Wednesday, July 29, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn, creators of

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.

TedEd animated course material "A day in the life of a teenage samurai", developed with Constantine N. Vaporis. See here for TedEd video and more information.

Free Japanese-Inspired Food Education Course
The Wa-Shokuiku free online program is designed for students studying at home. The course consists of 4 units that focus on 4 different topics to expose students to Japanese food culture and foodways. Each unit has 10 short sections which include fun and educational videos, cook-off competition videos, nutrition, recipes, activities, global food issues, interactive comment boxes and a unit quiz. Online course available until July 7th, 2020.

For more information about these and other programs and resources, visit the NCTA website
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