Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for June 12-June 19, 2020
East Asia and Inclusion at Penn
The Center for East Asian Studies is committed to diversity and inclusion in all operations, programming and outreach.  As we now all engage in a long-overdue global discussion of race, we’d like to direct your attention to a new recording of an important local discussion from last week:
Stopping the Hate and Starting to Heal: Living With and Through the COVID-19 Pandemic June 3rd dialogue video now available. The dialogue series organized by Penn Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), Penn Global, and Asian American Studies Program (ASAM) included an open and honest talk about how the increase of anti-Asian violence relates with the Black Lives Matter Movement. See that video here, and sign up here for more info on upcoming dialogues.
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Korean Studies Colloquium

"Reinventing Family: The Rise of Non-Normative Households in South Korea" with Paul Chang

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 7 pm PDT, 10 pm EDT, 11 am Seoul (Friday)
(Please email with your name, affiliation and email to request the link) 

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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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Regional East Asia-related and opportunities
The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia has launched a video series on the recent Shofuso Historic Landscape Restoration Pebble Beach Installation.

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 of some of CEAS's picks:
The CEAS Resources page is being updated with links to the above local materials, as well as to more videos from Penn Museum. This week we’ve added views of 1955 Japan by Dr. Harry B. Wright.
Opportunities for Regional Educators
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) has a listing of online events, some of which are open to Act 48 support for PA teachers.

The Sound of (Japanese) Music: Online Mini Course for Educators. Upcoming dates and themes are as follows:
6-7:30pm (ET) Thursday, June 18. "Taiko: Tradition as a Basis for Innovation," Dr. Benjamin Pachter
These are part of a series of Zoom presentations and demos by four ethnomusicologists of Japanese music, designed to take you to a deeper level of understanding of traditional Japanese music. These presentations will expand your knowledge of Japanese history and culture, including modern music innovations. You will learn about the evolving traditions of the koto, shakuhachi, shamisen and the recent development of taiko drumming. Some presentations will be recorded for your use later with your students.
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.

USC US-China Institute - Two Koreas Online Seminar
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 5:00pm to Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm (Eastern Time). This three-week intensive online course through the University of Southern California US-China Institute will help you better understand North Korea and South Korea as two countries with a common past, divided only since 1945, and still stuck in the Cold War many years after the fall of the Soviet bloc. Participants will read 30-40 pages of primary or secondary source materials and view the video lectures for each session. We will then have a 1-hour live Zoom meeting on Mondays and Thursdays 5:00-6:00 PM (Eastern Time). For each session, participants are to post thoughts on the readings or video lectures to the discussion forum. You are also expected to watch and review a feature film from Korea and to visit and review a website that includes content on Korea. To earn credit for the course, you also need to produce a set of curriculum lessons for use with your own students. Upon completion of the requirements, participants are eligible to purchase 3 continuing education units from the USC Rossier School of Education, receive a certificate of completion, and have access to online resources and materials. This program is sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. To learn more and register, 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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