Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for August 20-28, 2020
CEAS is sponsoring an exciting line-up of talks on East Asia this fall (see listing below). East Asia faculty and graduate students: please consider including some of these events on your syllabi and/or offering participation credit for student attendance!
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 continuing to hold restorative practice dialogues:
  • Thursday, Aug 27th from 1-3pm, English Session for Penn Post Docs
  • Monday, Sept 14th from 10am-12pm, English Session for all Penn Faculty and Staff
For more information and to register for any session, visit the program's Eventbrite page and contact with any questions. Visit the Stopping the Hate and Starting to Heal webpage for more information including links to past sessions
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Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
This week's Regional East Asia CEAS picks:

2020 Virtual Obon and Lantern Lighting at Shofuso, August 22nd
Obon is a series of events in Japan that enshrine the spirits of ancestors in the summer that are based on Buddhism and Ancestral worship. The eighth annual Philadelphia Obon Festival 2020 is dedicated to repose the souls of the people who are affected by a series of unexpected events this year with our first Lantern Ceremony. The Virtual Obon will be held Aug. 22nd at 11 am-5 pm. To register for that event see this page. For the special Lantern ceremony, later that evening at 8 pm see this page for more information and registration.

The Clay Studio is currently holding an online exhibition of ceramic plates titled "100 Years 100 Women" in celebration of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Featured plates include depictions of  An Kyung sin (1888- unknown) and Yu Kwan sun (1902-1920), Korean independence activists, and Empress Wu of China.

See other collected resources at CEAS Resources page.
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Attention students of Japanese Language: Penn's Japanese Language Program has information about its Online Placement Test (registration deadline is Friday, August 21st, 2020).

The New School is offering a free 10-week online seminar on Law, Justice and Human Rights in China, led by Jerome A. Cohen and Teng Biao. The seminar will be held on Wednesdays, Sept 16-Nov 18, 2020. See here for more information.
Calls for Abstracts

2020 Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), October 16-18, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCAA Regional Conference for Fall 2020 will be moving online. The deadline for papers has been extended to August 21, 2020. For more information including abstract submission portal, visit the MCAA website.

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

2020 Asia Fellows, American Political Science Association (APSA) 2020 Workshop "Contentious Politics and its Repercussions in Asia," Jan 10-16, 2021, Seoul, Korea. Note: workshop has moved from Hong Kong to South Korea, and application deadlines were extended to Sept. 5th, 2020. For more information, visit the APSA website. see here for more information
Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (outside Penn):
  • Attention Undergraduates! Mitacs/UBC (Vancouver) is seeking undergraduate student interns interested in equity, diversity, and inclusion in academia for a Summer 2021 program "East Asian Religious Studies: Who Gets Included?" See here for application information. Deadline September 23, 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.
  • University Lectureship in the Religious Traditions of Japan at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), application deadline September 15, 2020.
  • A series of job openings at Ewha Womans University in Korea, including positions for Korean Studies and Korean-Japanese/Korean-Chinese Interpretation, application from August 31, 10:00am to September 14, 4:00pm 2020 (KST).
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.

NCTA is conducting a series of webinars with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania

Sake: Beyond the Basics
Wednesday, August 26, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Dive into the world of sake with this lecture and go beyond the basic distinction of junmai and honjozo. Deb Mortillaro, certified sake sommelier, will guide us through how five elements - the rice, the region, the water, the yeast, and the brewer - combine to create unique flavors, even within the same grade of sake. We will learn how those elements are reflected in the labels so you can become a more confident sake connoisseur. This class has a practical sake-tasting component (which isn't necessary to enjoy the webinar), and participants in the Pittsburgh-area can order and pick-up the sake being discussed (the registration link below has more information on this). Deb Mortillaro is a former private chef in Pittsburgh, and one of the partners behind Dreadnought Wines, Palate Partners, and Soiree Partners. As a wine educator and distributor,  she showcases her expertise through hands-on teaching and business practice.
 Register at:

Drinking Tea in Japan
Wednesday, September 2, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Japanese tea drinking has been a part of Japanese culture and tradition for hundreds of years. The influence of Japanese tea has not only expanded across the globe, but it also developed into a practice with its own types of aesthetics.  Join Katsuko Shellhammer for a presentation on the history and types of tea in Japan. We will also explore modern ways to drink tea and what snacks to pair with your tea time. Finally, follow along at home and learn how to make dorayaki pancakes! Katsuko Shellhammer is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the Japan-America Society  of Pennsylvania. She holds a license to practice tea from the Urasenke school and is continuing her studies with local teacher Yuko Eguchi.
Register at:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Online Course on Modern Japan: Meiji Through WWII
Join our colleagues at the NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder. This 30-hour, eight-week online course focuses on Japan's story of becoming a modern nation and imperialist and global power, from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to Japan's WWII defeat in 1945. The course will introduce participants to current historical interpretations by leading scholars as well as classroom-applicable primary sources. Each of the four seminar modules will include an exploration of an online primary source resource collection, with discussion of instructional applications. This course is open to social studies teachers of grades 9-12 who teach about Japan as part of their required curriculum. Eligibility and Selection: Social studies teachers of grades 9-12 nationwide are invited to apply. Preference will be given to contract teachers whose required curriculum includes the history of Japan and who are not enrolling in another fall NCTA online seminar.
Seminar Dates: The course begins with a required Intro Period to review expectations and meet fellow participants, September 20-26. The formal course syllabus begins September 27 and continues with four two-week modules: September 27-October 10; October 11-24; October 25-November 7, and November 8-21. A short Curriculum Implementation Plan (CIP) and evaluation will be due by December 12.
To learn more and register, please visit the link below:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Online Course: Hong Kong on the Brink: An Online Course Linking Book Discussion & Current Issues
Join our colleagues at the NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder. This six-week, 18-hour NCTA course explores the evolution and current status of the Hong Kong democracy movement from the origins of the 2014 Umbrella movement to today. With China scholar Jeffrey Wasserstrom's February 2020 book Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink as a foundation, the class will also consider essays by China specialists, investigative news reports, and podcasts. Eligibility and Selection: This course is open to secondary school literature, social studies, history, and Chinese language teachers. Admission is selective, with priority given to grade 9-12 contract teachers whose required curriculum in one of these subject areas includes 21st-century China and who are not enrolling in multiple concurrent NCTA programs during the dates of this course. Book Group Dates: The course begins with online introductions September 28 and continues with three two-week modules: October 3-16; Oct. 17-30; and November 7-21, with a week off for the national election. Curriculum Implementation Plans are due December 9, 2020. Registration starts August 18 - September 21. To learn more and register, please visit:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Book Group: Japan Through Children's Literature: World War II Picture-book Biographies
Join our colleagues at the NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder. This book group will discuss the integration of biographies in social studies and literacy curriculum about wartime Japan and human rights. We will consider three picture-book biographies that depict respectively a Japanese diplomat, an atomic bomb survivor and a staff person in the Occupation General Headquarters. This course for K-8 teachers will explore historical narratives of war and peace in Japan, as well as writing and teaching biography on difficult topics for younger students. Eligibility and Expectations: Open to elementary and middle school teachers nationwide. Admission is selective and priority will be given to contract teachers whose curriculum incorporates Japan and teachers who have not previously taken an online course with the University of Colorado's NCTA or TEA programs. Participants are responsible for acquiring the three books in advance of the book group start date. Teachers are expected to: participate fully in all three module discussions and a live webinar with an author of one of the featured texts; submit a four-page Classroom Implementation Plan (CIP) describing ways to use the books in their teaching; and complete an evaluation. Online Format: The book group will be offered through three asynchronous modules and one live webinar. The book group opens with online introductions, September 25, 2020. The three modules run: October 2-15; October 16-29; and October 30-November 12, followed by a synchronous author webinar sponsored by NCTA at the Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Submission of a final paper and evaluation will complete the program on November 30, 2020. To learn more and register, please visit:

Columbia University NCTA: Teaching East Asia Through Graphic Novels: Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Book Group
Join our colleagues at Columbia University NCTA for a continuation of their series focusing on teaching East Asia through the following graphic novels: Black Ships: Illustrated Japanese History - The Americans Arrive. Written by Sean Michael Wilson. Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima, September 9, 2020 - October 6, 2020, The Satsuma Rebellion: Illustrated Japanese History - The Last Stand of the Samurai. Written by Sean Michael Wilson. Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima. October 14, 2020 - November 3, 2020, Banned Book Club. Written by Kim Hun Sook and Ryan Estrada. Illustrated by Ko Hyung-Ju. November 18, 2020 - December 22, 2020. To register for any of the above book groups or others, please visit the link below:

Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

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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