Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for October 29- November 8, 2020
The Center for East Asian Studies joins Penn and the greater Philadelphia community in mourning the loss of Walter Wallace Jr.  We also recognize our collective responsibility to help ameliorate the weighty institutional foundations of racism in the United States. To that end, we call your attention to a special series on “Critical Race Studies in/of Japan” organized by the Penn Forum on Japan:
  • Oct. 29, 12 p.m. Reginald Jackson (University of Michigan), “Showing Up to Withhold: Economies of Enslavement and Spectacular Restraint in Medieval Japanese Performance"
  • Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m. Jessica LeGare (Princeton University), “The Captured Imagination: Unsettling Boundaries of Confinement within Memoirs of Wartime Detention” (more information below)
 Spring term (dates and titles TBA):
  • William H. Bridges IV (University of Rochester)
  • Kimberly Hassel (Princeton University)
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
CSCC Penn Project on the Future of US-China Relations Fall 2020 Webinar Series

“New Perspectives on US-China Relations: Technology”

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

"Convicts as Officials in the Western Han (202 BC–9 AD): Disparities between Philosophical Ideal and Realpolitik" with Cai Liang

Wed, Nov. 4, 2020 @ 4:30 pm  EDT
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Korean Studies Colloquium 

"Converging Streams in the "Miracle On the Han River": Civilian-Military Undercurrents in South Korea's Techno-Industrial Transformation" with Peter Kwon

Thur, Nov. 5, 2020 @ 12 pm  EDT
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"The Politics of Smoking Bans in South Korea and Japan: Comparative Case Studies of Increasingly Legalistic Governance" with Celeste L. Arrington

Thur, Nov. 5, 2020 @ 4:30 pm  EDT
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Penn Forum on Japan 

“The Captured Imagination: Unsettling Boundaries of Confinement within Memoirs of Wartime Detention” with Jessica LeGare

Thur, Nov. 5, 2020 @ 4:30 pm  EDT
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CSCC Speaker Series 

“Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation” with Silvia Lindtner 

Fri, Nov. 6, 2020 @ 12 pm  EDT
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Freedom Crossing Film Festival opening weekend: Crossing Borders and Identity

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.

Opening weekend events include screenings of The Wheel of Life (大輪迴) (US PREMIERE), ISVARA The Art and Life of Yu-Yu YANG (呦呦自在 楊英風), The Immortals' Play (神戲), and A Peking Opera Master in New York (豔陽樓), along with a Saturday virtual workshop Dialogue and Democracy.

Fri, Nov. 6-Sun, Nov. 8th
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Penn Museum Second Sunday Culture Film

"Her Words" 
This documentary film is about a secret written language, Nüshu 女書 developed by women over many centuries in South China. Though as a rule and by custom women were unable to become officially educated, in one region they developed a written language which was passed down from mother to daughter, for female-centric communication.

Sun, Nov. 8, 2020 @ 2 pm  EDT
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Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Regina Abrami (Lauder Institute's Global Program Director) was featured in Wharton Magazine's "Dancing With the Dragon 

William Figueroa
 (recent graduate doctoral student in history) was featured in a Penn Today article this week: "Iran-China partnership: A reported new deal for a relationship going back to antiquity"
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.
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
There are many East Asia-related films in next 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).
East Asian Studies Opportunities
CEAS grants for Penn Faculty and Students:

Applications for CEAS Conference and Research grants now being accepted. Application deadline Nov. 9, 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 Nov. 9, 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 Nov. 9, 2020.
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:

Public Art + Dissent: Art, Protest, and Public Spaces. An NCTA Mini-course for K-12 Educators
November 9, 11, 13, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm (Eastern Time)
At an unprecedented moment in geopolitics, the work of public artists amplifies activism, resistance, and solidarity. Some of the world's most interesting art is on the streets and easily accessible to all. In this free NCTA mini-course for K-12 educators we will discuss how protest art uses public space to engage in dialogue between the artist and the public. Artists from around the world question "what is" and "why" that transcends national boundaries and politics. We will examine works of Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Keith Haring, Loyalist murals from Northern Ireland, and the Black Lives movement. A teacher-led session at the end will be included. Pennsylvania K-12 educators who want Act 48 must attend all three sessions; Certificates of Completion will be given to teachers in other states who complete all three sessions. To learn more, please visit the link below:


NCTA-AMAM at Oberlin College: Perspectives in East Asian Art
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Eastern Time (5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Central Time)
Partnering with the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College, this free interactive presentation will provide an overview of the East Asian art collection at the AMAM, with examples of how to interpret works of art from the collection using different disciplinary lenses. Join museum curators in exploring renowned works of art through Augmented Reality (AR), and gain access to FREE online resources for K-12, including standard-driven lesson plans for cross-disciplinary and differentiated learning. The programs will be conducted by Zoom. You can sign up for one or all of these presentations. Act 48 for Pennsylvania teachers provided. Certificates of Completion available upon request for teachers who attend. To register, please visit the link here:


Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

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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