Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter April 29 - May 9, 2021
Attention Students: A list of Fall 2021 East Asia-focused courses has been updated on the CEAS website
East Asia and Equity at Penn
Penn Philadelphia
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
CSCC, Penn Wharton China Center, Penn Global, and Bellevue College

“Fireside Chat with Ambassador Gary Locke on US-China Relations and Stopping Anti-Asian Racism"

Thurs. April 29, 2021@ 9 pm EDT
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CSCC Speaker Series 

“Disaggregating China, Inc: State Strategies in the Liberal Economic Order” with Yeling Tan

Fri April 30, 2021@ 12 pm EDT
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Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Patrick Beyrer (EALC major and CEAS Chinese FLAS fellow) and Brook Jiang (Huntsman Program) were selected as Yenching Scholars. Read all about both of these very talented students in April 23rd's Penn Today. Congratulations Patrick and Brook!
Upcoming Penn Faculty Activities
So-Rim Lee (EALC), “From Boyfriend to Boys Love: South Korean Male ASMRtists and Digital Gender Norms,” part of the upcoming QUEERING THE STRAITS workshop on
Friday, April 30, 8:35 PM EDT
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
The Contest over "Indigeneity": Film and Ethnography in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan happening April 29th, 7 PM EDT

Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia Online Japanese Language Classes Starting May 10th 

The Falun Dafa Club at Penn is hosting "Letter From Masanjia: Film Screening and Discussion with Director Leon Lee". See here for a trailer of the film, and click here to RSVP. Film event is Saturday, May 1st, 12 PM

Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania Virtual Japanese-English Reading Circle  Every Saturday from April 3rd to June 19th 5-6:30PM EDT

Shofuso 2021 Children’s Day Exhibition 5/1-16

Online Japanese Language Classes by Japan America Society 5/10-7/14
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (for Penn Students):

Free Chinatown Bus Charter from Penn to Chinatown Saturdays 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1 from 1-4PM 

Watch KSA x KAP Culture Show 2021: Start Up on YouTube now

Watch Penn Japan Student Association dance to 「マルマルモリモリ」(maru-maru mori-mori) and venmo them a few dollars @upennjsa to help them win the Japanese Cultural Network contest against other schools! All proceeds will be donated to the COVID-19 Healthcare Worker Support Donation Project in Japan

Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (outside Penn):
Opportunities for Regional Educators

2021 CEAS K-12 NCTA Professional Development Seminar “Cultural Identities and Cross Cultural Connections in East Asia: Influences from the Classical Period to the Present”, June 21-July 1

A seminar for educators featuring top scholars and practitioners in history, art, and literature, with workshops on music, food, calligraphy and museum visits

This course is designed to deepen your knowledge of China, Japan, Korea, this course will encourage teaching and learning about East Asia’s political, social, and cultural history. Each session is built around a content speaker and group discussion, making the seminar perfect for K-12 teachers of World History, World Cultures, Geography, Economics, Language and Language Arts, Literature, Visual and Performing Arts.

Topics will include:

  • Foundations: Confucianism, Buddhism and Buddhist art in context
  • Early Chinese civilization: Han, Tang and Song Dynasties

  • Early Japan and Korea: Art, literature and history

  • East Asia in the Early Modern World: history and the arts

  • Discrimination in East Asia: nationality politics and racism
  • Contemporary East Asia

Highlighted activities will include:

  • Virtual museum tours
  • Interactive food activities: pulling noodles and Japanese tea ceremony demonstration
  • Musical demonstrations of Japanese and Chinese instruments
  • Interactive brush painting activity

Benefits for educators who complete all seminar requirements:

  • Certificate of Completion (36 hours) will be given to all K-12 educators who complete the course requirements.
  • PA teachers will also be eligible for up to 36 ACT 48 hours
  • $200 professional stipend to each participant upon satisfactory completion of all seminar requirements: attendance at all sessions and submission of all written assignments
  • $100 mini-grant for school-related materials and activities
  • Seminar books and teaching materials
  • Complimentary subscription to Education About Asia
  • Certificate of completion (36 hours)
  • NCTA alumni have access to alumni newsletters with updates on free programs, online resources, recommended books and films, and opportunities for travel to East Asia

Deadline to register: May 15th, 2021. See HERE for more information.


Other opportunites posted by our partners at NCTA coordinating site at University of Pittsburgh:

Roads and Rivers: Moving through History in China and Japan with Interactive GIS: NCTA Interactive Mini-Course
Saturday, May 8, 2021, Saturday May 22, 2021, 9:30am - 12:30pm (EASTERN TIME) Join Dr. William Womack and historian Dr. James Brown for a free two-part master class in teaching Chinese and Japanese culture and history using Google Earth. Take a virtual tour of China's Yangtze Valley and the great roads of Japan. Follow historical events through the landscape using images, pathways, shapes, and text annotations. Learn to develop your own projects in Google Earth for lectures, videos, and interactive online projects for virtual and in-person learning. Complimentary teaching materials will be sent to educators who register for and attend the entire two hour program. See here for more information:


Teaching China through the Arts: NCTA-Brooklyn Museum of Art Virtual Teaching Workshop
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 5:30-7:30pm (Eastern Time)
(Online) Join Pitt NCTA online for a free elementary educator professional development workshop, held in conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum of Art, to learn about the Arts of China, a new online resources and Teaching Toolkit designed to support culturally inclusive learning by introducing students to the complexity and diversity of China. This program is free, but registration is required. The Arts of China online resource and Teaching Toolkit are designed with third grade students in mind, but teachers of all ages and subject areas are welcome to attend. Complimentary teaching materials will be sent to the first 50 public school elementary teachers who register for and attend the entire two hour program. See here for more information:


From Our Classrooms To Yours: Creating Connections: Engaging Students Through a New Screen with Kamishibai
May 5, 2021, 7-9pm (Eastern Time)
(Online) Explore the tradition of Japanese kamishibai storytelling and see how it has been transformed to become a pedagogical tool used across the curriculum and around the globe. In this workshop, teachers will examine how to identify themes in their content area and learn how to engage their students in developing those themes using the kamishibai box format. Using this interactive, hands-on method, students will discover new ways to “learn through a screen” while developing sequencing, cause/effect, and cultural competency skills in a wide range of lessons ranging from fairy tales and folklore to sustainability and socio-emotional learning. See here for more information:


SCREENSHOT:ASIA & Asian Studies Center Presents: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (For PA, OH, and WV Educators)

May 12, 2021, 6:30-9pm (Eastern Time)
(Online) Presented to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia Educators (Pennsylvania educators will receive Act 48 hours). Join our friends at SCREENSHOT:ASIA and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh for a free virtual program on Bhutan starting with a screening of the film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom followed by a panel discussion with members of the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh. The film tells the story of a young teacher in modern Bhutan who shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, a glacial Himalayan village called Lunana, to complete his service. He wants to quit and go home, but he begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches, and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers. Register here:

Other recently added online resources for K-12 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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