Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for June 19-June 26, 2020
East Asia and Equity at Penn
To commemorate June 19, the 155th anniversary of those enslaved in Texas finally learning of the Emancipation Proclamation (Juneteenth), the Center for East Asian Studies offers the following statement on diversity and equity in East Asian Studies.
The Center for East Asian Studies condemns racism in all forms and recognizes the responsibility of organizations such as CEAS to help ameliorate the weighty institutional foundations of racism in the United States.  To that end, we pledge the following:
  • We confirm our commitment to the equitable treatment of all members and staff.
  • We confirm our commitment to expose diverse students to East Asian Studies by strengthening K-12 outreach, with visits and teacher training programs targeting under-served schools citywide, as well as through collaborative programming with the Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University, and by establishing a small scholarship for underrepresented students.
  • We commit to proactively supporting the research and teaching of our minority members by considering equity in evaluating all funding proposals and supporting the mentorship of underrepresented junior faculty and staff.
  • We commit to diversifying the pool of undergraduate and graduate concentrators in East Asia through outreach to Africana Studies, Makuu and GAPSA and by establishing a research award for underrepresented students.
  • We commit to diversifying our colloquia and co-sponsored symposia by actively seeking minority speakers for our events.
  • We commit to initiatives to address race, inequality, and a lack of diversity in East Asian Studies, starting with a Penn faculty roundtable in September 2020, titled, “CEAS on Race: Toward an Anti-Racist Examination of East Asia.”
  • We urge our members to commit to building equitable schools, departments, classrooms, and communities.  To that end, we urge members to consult the UNC Asian Studies anti-racism toolkit and to check your syllabi for gender parity and the inclusion of Black and other underrepresented voices.

Please also note a related recent statement by the Association of Asian Studies
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
CSCC Virtual Book Talk

“Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America's Alliances” with Mira Rapp-Hooper

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 12 pm
(Please email to request the link and password for this event)

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Korean Studies Colloquium

"Being a Woman in a Male Body: Queer Fugitivity and Feminized Labor in Authoritarian South Korea" with Todd Henry

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 7pm PDT, 10 pm EDT, 11 am Seoul (Friday)
For Zoom link, please email Seok Lee ( with your name, affiliation, and email.
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Penn East Asia Students in the Media
PhD Candidate in EALC Mark Bookman will be giving a webinar at the Asia Society at 8am Japan Standard Time on June 25th (Weds. June 24, 7pm Philadelphia time) on "Inclusion and Innovation: The Past, Present, and Future of Disability Policy in Japan." Registration is required and more details can be found here.
Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has several East Asia pieces now online, several of them items that are not currently available for public viewing. Here is this week's CEAS pick: “Stories and Images in East Asian Art” (from the 2009-10 exhibition)

See this and other collected resources at CEAS Resources page.
Fellowship and Funding Opportunities
Attention Penn Graduate Students: Perry World House is now accepting applications for the PWH Graduate Associates Program. Students from every discipline and Penn school are eligible. See here for more details. Application deadline is July 13th, 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.
Opportunities for Regional Educators
The following information National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) lists online events, some of which are open to Act 48 support for PA teachers.

Online Film Discussion Group: "Hot Nights + Cold War Film Series: Exploring the Cold War in Asia". SCREENSHOT: ASIA and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh present Hot Nights/Cold War, an exploration of the Cold War through film. Join screenings films from Cambodia, North Korea, and Vietnam throughout the summer, and meet to discuss the historical contexts and cinematographic elements. The film series is open and free to the public. Curriculum component available for participating educators. Act 48 hours available to PA educators.
To learn more and register, please click here.

Other upcoming Nation-wide NCTA online programs include:

Re-imagining a Global Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Global Educators Working Group
CALL for Applications for K-12 Educators:
"Have you wished for the opportunity to work with colleagues at your school to globalize a unit, lesson, or module? Collaborate across disciplines with colleagues from your school to (re)design global curriculum! This program will provide educators with the time, (virtual) space, and material support to work with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lessons. We are accepting applications from teams of 2-4 educators (teachers, librarians, curriculum development specialists, and/or administrative personnel are welcome to apply).  A stipend will be provided to each participant as well as a mini-grant offered to each team for curricular materials. Pennsylvania teachers will receive Act 48 professional development credits. Dates and time for virtual meetings and collaboration: Monday 29 June, Wednesday 1 July, and Friday 3 July 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (Eastern Time). Submit your application here by June 19, 2020: Questions: Contact Maja Konitzer at

Online Book Club - University of Washington East Asia Resource Center: The Housekeeper and the Professor, July 1, 2020; 5:00-8:00 p.m (Eastern Time). Join our NCTA friends at the University of Washington East Asia Resource Center for a new educators book group. Explore a beautiful, elegant novel that is considered a classic piece of modern day Japanese literature, and was awarded the prestigious 2004 Yomiuri Prize. A best-seller and movie in Japan, Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor is centered around the unique friendship between the "professor," a mathematician whose memory only lasts 80 minutes, and his housekeeper, a single-mother to 10-year old "Root." Tese Wintz Neighbor will lead a conversation about this novel and its context, and will provide a free digital packet of resources to all participants. All K-12, current in-service teachers are welcome to apply. For more information and registration, please click here.

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.

Free Japanese-Inspired Food Education Course
The Wa-Shokuiku free online program is designed for students studying at home. The course consists of 4 units that focus on 4 different topics to expose students to Japanese food culture and foodways. Each unit has 10 short sections which include fun and educational videos, cook-off competition videos, nutrition, recipes, activities, global food issues, interactive comment boxes and a unit quiz. Online course available until July 7th, 2020.

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