Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for August 6-14, 2020
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
EO 9066 to 9/11: The Past, Present and Future of Anti-Asian Bias in America
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:00 PM EST

“EO 9066 to 9/11” traces the history of discrimination against people of Asian background in the United States from World War II incarceration to the rise in Islamophobia after 9/11. Join the film's producers and members of Penn’s Program in Asian-American studies for a discussion on the past, present, and future of anti-Asian bias in America and how we can stand together for racial justice and equality for all.

This event is co-Sponsored by the University Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian-American Students and Scholars at Penn, Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) at Penn, Penn Libraries, and the Penn Program on Asian American Studies in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum.
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Penn East Asia Faculty in the Media
Several CEAS associated scholars and experts share their thoughts on the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima was featured in Penn Today's "Lessons from Hiroshima, 75 years later". Read more

In case you missed it:  There is a recording of Julie Davis' talk "Introducing the Arthur Tress Collection of Japanese Illustrated Books w/Julie Davis & Arthur Tress" now available online at the Rare Book School's YouTube channel.
Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
This week's Regional East Asia CEAS pick:

Philadelphia Museum of Art ongoing online exhibition: Mindfulness features a statue of Tara, Goddess of Compassion from Inner Mongolia, and artifacts from Tibet including a statue of Arhat Nagasena and the Mahasamvara Kalachakra Mandala.

See other collected resources at CEAS Resources page.

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

Fellowships and grants (outside Penn):
  • 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.

University of Washington NCTA: Depopulation and Degrowth in Japan, post-1990
August 10, 2020 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Eastern Time)
Join us for the opportunity to meet with the University of Washington's Justin Jesty, Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Literature who will introduce how Japan's shrinking population and low-growth economy affect contemporary society. We will learn about trends since the 1990s and forecasts for the future, with particular attention to how they impact different places, industries, and age groups differently. We will also learn about efforts to mitigate the impacts of depopulation and degrowth and discuss how they might affect the way people think about values and life courses. Finally, we will discuss the role of Japan's restrictive immigration policy. To learn more and register, please click the link below:

Teaching on the Silk Roads: An NCTA Online Workshop for K-12 Educators
Thursday, August 20, 2020.  6-8:30pm (EASTERN TIME)
Viewing world history from the vantage point of the Silk Roads can challenge the Eurocentrism of mainstream history and introduce a more balanced view of the past. In this online workshop we will explore the global significance of this trade network that connected India, Central and East Asia, and Europe for over a thousand years. We will especially focus on the development and spread of Buddhism and also discuss the momentous discovery of the largest cache of historic documents and artifacts found in the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang that bear witness to the cultural, religious, social and commercial activity that took place along the Silk Roads. Part of our exploration of the Silk Roads will involve interactive mapping (using ArcGIS Online) which teachers and students can use throughout the school year to:
1)    Complete a distance analysis of the locations along the Silk Roads
2)    Examine the landscapes of the Silk Roads
3)    Evaluate "the reach" of the Silk Roads in terms of goods, cultures and diseases
All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for professional development reporting. Pennsylvania educators will receive Act 48 professional development hours. This program is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (funded by the Freeman Foundation) at the University of Pittsburgh.  Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Center,  European Studies Center, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.  The program will be conducted via Zoom. To register for this program, please click here.
Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies Online NCTA Seminar
Sept 7th-Nov 15, 2020, ONLINE
Join our NCTA colleagues at the Five Colleges Center for this 10-week online seminar, we will consider the experiences of the people of Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, both in war time 1945 and in post-1945 peace time. The objective of this course is to carefully consider the experiences and voices of the people in Japan who were impacted by the events to be discussed. Participants will complete required weekly readings, participate in weekly asynchronous online discussions, view archived one-hour webinars and 2 short films, and participate in several (3-4) synchronous one-hour webinars. A final classroom implementation plan is also required. Participants who successfully complete all of the course requirements by the deadline will receive a $150 stipend, a one-year subscription to Education about Asia and a certificate of completion for 40 contact hours. There are no prerequisites for this seminar, but some familiarity with the Battle of Okinawa and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be helpful. We expect that the weekly time commitment will be approximately six hours inclusive of all activities. Participants will have access to materials prior to the beginning of the course and may read ahead. Books will be mailed in mid-August, and participants will be able to access all required online readings at that time. Deadline to apply is August 10, 2020 at Noon (Eastern Time). To learn more and apply, please click on the link below:

Other upcoming Nation-wide NCTA online programs include:

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.

Free Taiko Lesson: Learn Obon Festival Drumming
Los Angeles Taiko Institute
Isaku Kageyama, a taiko instructor at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute, offers free Bon Daiko (Obon festival drumming) lessons on his website. The first few lessons will focus on fundamentals and basic patterns, and will progress from there. You can also download music files and sheet music, and use these recordings for free in your class room or your local festival!

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