Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter May 27 - June 6, 2021
East Asia and Equity at Penn
The video from last Thursday's Lightbulb Café event with Josephine Park, Professor of English and Director of the Asian American Studies Program and Herman Beavers, Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt President’s Distinguished Professor of English and Africana Studies, has been posted! See that video here: Teaching poetry and finding antiracist solidarity in poetic movements of the past and present.
Penn East Asia Faculty in the Media
Jolyon Thomas (Religious Studies) and Heather Lehto (Arizona State University) recently published an article based on a dialogue that emerged from a Twitter conversation between the authors over their shared interests in examining secularisms across various types of governance in East Asia and the United States. The article reflects their ongoing conversation about transnational approaches to critical secularism studies and their shared sense that analyzing political economy is a crucial part of that project. Read the full article hosted at SSRC:  Schools, megachurches, and the corporate form

Penn Law’s Eric Feldman spoke on NBC News on May 20, 2021 about new vaccination mandates on college campuses. Click HERE to read the full article. He was also featured yesterday in Penn Today discussing the legal and ethical implications of companies and organizations requiring proof of vaccination. Read that full article at PennToday.
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania Virtual Japanese-English Reading Circle  Every Saturday from April 3rd to June 19th 5-6:30PM EDT

The Chinatown Scavenger Hunt *Summer Edition!* May 10th to July 3rd at Philadelphia Chinatown. Participants must register at Franklin Square's Ticket Window during business hours to start the Chinatown Scavenger Hunt.

PennSori (Penn’s premier K-music fusion a cappella group) put out a new video with Spring 2021 Songs Watch it here

Coffee & Cocktails: From Pandemic to Economic Recovery by Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, A Conversation with Economist Ryotaro Tashiro of Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Register at Zoom Event on June 3rd 7PM EDT.

Michiyuki: Japanese Time-Space Concept for Mindfulness of Everyone Everyday with architect/landscape-architect team of Penguin Environmental Design Yoko Kawai and Takaya Kurimoto Zoom Event live from Shofuso Tuesday June 29 5-6PM EDT Register at
East Asian Studies Opportunities

Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (outside Penn):

Opportunities for Regional Educators

Below are opportunities recently posted by our partners at National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), some great K-12 professional development opportunities.

East Asia Through the Lens of Visual and Material Culture with Lehigh University (PA), July 19-31, 2021 (weekdays); June 23 (Orientation). Registration EXTENDED Deadline: June 11, 2021

East Asia today represents a broad mosaic of ethnic, economic, geographic, and cultural diversity. Even in our current period of rapid political and economic globalization, within which the region has played a major transformative role, East Asia retains its deep and rich cultural and artistic traditions and practices. Through interactive lectures and activities focusing on the visual and artistic material cultures of East Asia, K-12 educators will explore and integrate a wide range of strategies and resources supporting an enriched classroom learning environment.

Click here to learn more about this Lehigh seminar!


Media and Mediation in East Asia: Historical and and Pedagogical Applications for the K-14 Classroom

Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 6:00pm-8:00pm (Eastern Time, Online)

The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh invites you to participate in a free K-14 educator's workshop focusing on media in East Asia and offered in conjunction with the Asian Studies Center’s Summer Institute for East Asian Studies on "Media and Mediation in East Asia: Assemblages and Global Flows." The workshop will use the example of China as a case study to explore the history and role of media throughout East Asia's varied past and present. ACT 48 hours available for PA educators; certificates of completion available for all participants. Zoom meeting link will be mailed to participants upon registration. Register here.


Objects and Ritual in Japanese History, June 16 - July 14, 2021, 5:00pm-6:00pm (Eastern Time, Online). Application deadline: June 13, 2021

Join our colleagues at the University of Southern California U.S.-China Institute NCTA for a five-session course focusing on objects from art, industry, technology, and war to consider the richness of the Japanese past. From court ceremonies to samurai rituals on the battlefield, from daily gift exchanges to Buddhist mortuary markers, Japanese communities have expressed their dreams, fears, power, and imagination using material culture and rituals focusing on objects. Join us to explore Japan’s history through the study of things. See here for more information.


House of Hummingbird Movie Discussion Program
TEA-NCTA Summer Movie Night: House of Hummingbird (Korea, 2018). Viewing window: Prior to June 29. Live discussion: June 29, 2021,7:00 - 8:15 pm (Eastern Time). Application deadline: June 10 or when course fills. The 1990s in South Korea were marked by the Asian Financial Crisis, which bred new forms of socioeconomic malaise and exacerbated the problem of wealth inequality. This award-winning South Korean film reflects on the legacy of this decade through an understated coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old girl living in Gangnam, Seoul. Click here for more information.


Exploring Taiwanese Indigeneity through Film for K-14 Educators
Friday, June 11, 2021, 6:00pm - 7:30pm (Eastern Time, Online)

Join our colleagues at the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh for this K-12 workshop which will use excerpts from Umin Boya’s film Kano, based on a true story depicting the multi-ethnic Kano baseball team from Japanese-era Taiwan, to explore the complex relationships of Taiwan’s past and present. The richness and diversity of Taiwan’s history is marked by its complex interactions and relations among indigenous peoples, waves of immigrants from Mainland China, and colonizers from both the West and East. The workshop will provide educators with content and resources that can readily be incorporated in the classroom in order to explore Taiwan and topics related to its fascinating history. Click here to register.


EngageAsia: Japanese Craftsmanship, Technical Education, and Culture Program
July 13 - August 5, 2021, Tuesday and Thursday Evenings, 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Eastern Time, Online)

EngageAsia's summer workshop, "Japanese Craftsmanship, Technical Education, and Culture," will provide high school teachers and students with an opportunity to explore Japanese trades and crafts from the perspective of tradespeople who work across Japan and the US. The workshop is open to high school teachers and students and will take place virtually with each session being approximately 1.5 to 2 hours in length. See here for more information.

Recently posted online resources available to teachers:

The Arts of China - Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Arts of China Teaching Toolkit is designed for elementary teachers and their students with the goal of enriching their exploration of Chinese art and culture. The lessons focus on artworks from the Brooklyn Museum's Chinese collection and exhibitions.  Arts of China collection ranges from the Neolithic era (circa 3000 B.C.E.) to today, revealing the sophistication of Chinese craftsmanship and the variety of concerns-funerary, courtly, religious, and poetic-that combined to define traditional Chinese culture.  Arts of China Teaching Toolkit includes twelve individual lessons, divided into three thematic units: Geography and Environment, Belief Systems, and Global Exchange.

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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