Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for June 5-June 14, 2020
CEAS 2019-20 Year in Review
Thank you to all of our Penn campus and regional Philadelphia partners on a successful year of East Asia programming!
CEAS Year in Review 2019-20
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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Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Yesterday CSCC Director Jacques deLisle was featured in Penn Today with a piece titled "China’s national security law for Hong Kong, explained". See here for a link to that full story.

Prof. Guobin Yang (Annenberg, Sociology) was also recently selected as an International Communications Association (ICA) Fellow in its class of 2020.

PhD Candidate in EALC Mark Bookman will be giving a webinar at the Asia Society at 8am Japan Standard Time on June 25th 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 and opportunities
JASGP Virtual Cherry Blossom 10K and 5K run
Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia is having its Virtual Cherry Blossom 10K & 5K from June 4-8. Registrations close on June 7, and runners can complete their distances on their regular training courses/treadmills between June 4 and 8.

The CEAS Resources page is being updated, including "Japan from the Watson Kinter Collection", which frequently include East Asia-focused themes. Find the following videos along with compiled lists of free online East Asia-resources. Click here for a list of AV resources from Penn Musuem
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 11. "Strings Revolution: History and Music of Shamisen and Geisha," Dr. Yuko Eguchi Wright
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

"Connecting Students to East Asia with Images, Maps, and Texts" online summer seminar through the University of Alabama Birmingham NCTA, July 6-17, 2020, Mondays-Fridays 9am-Noon (Eastern Time)/8am-11am (Central Time). Please help us spread the word for any of your colleagues in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina who are looking to enhance their knowledge of East Asia at this critical moment in history. This two week online summer seminar will explore the role of texts and images in shaping our understanding of histories and cultures in East Asia. Experts will guide teachers in analyzing primary sources from China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam and investigate what they represent and how they are represented. Gain new insights into your subject, explore teaching resources, and write lesson plans you can use in the digital classroom. Certificate of Completion (36 hours) will be given to all teachers who complete the course requirements. To learn more and register, please click here.

Disillusionment, Dystopia, and Dreams: Insights from Three Contemporary East Asian Films, June 9, 2020, 8:00-9:30 PM (Eastern Time)/5:00-6.30 PM (Pacific Time). Our NCTA colleagues at the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington are offering a free online course that will use three contemporary films (Parasite, Mountains May Depart, After the Storm) to discuss issues of social and economic change in East Asia, focusing on time, class divisions, globalization, and family. This workshop is divided into two parts, with a discussion forum for each film on Moodle that will be live for 2-weeks prior to the 1-hour live Zoom webinar where faculty moderators will discuss each film and participants will share ways that they can use film group materials in their teaching. Participants will view the movies on their own prior to the program. $50 stipend for participants who complete the program. The stipend will cover the cost of purchasing or renting the movies, and the purchase of additional recommended resources for the classroom. To learn more and register, 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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