Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for January 21 - 31, 2021
Attention Students: List of spring 2021 East Asia-focused courses updated on the CEAS website
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Religious Studies Book Celebration

Jolyon Baraka Thomas, Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan

Thur, Jan 21, 2021@ 3 pm EST
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EALC Speaker Event

"Migration, Identity and Colonial Fantasies in a Fifth-Century Story Collection," with Dr. Xiaofei Tian, Harvard University

Thur, Jan 21, 2021@ 4:30 pm EST
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Penn in China Faculty Speaker Series

The Future of Food in China
Thomas Parsons, Penn School of Veterinary Medicine
Zhengxia Dou, Penn School of Veterinary Medicine
Anne M. Greenhalgh, Wharton

Wed, Jan 27, 2021@ 7 am EST
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Korean Studies Colloquium

"A Parallel World?: Notes on Alternative Academia in South Korea" with Nuri Kim

Thur, Jan 28, 2021@ 1:00 pm EST
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Center for East Asian Studies presents

"Toward an Anti-Racist Examination of East Asia, Part 2: Voices from the Language Classroom" with Mien-Hwa Chiang, Tomoko Takami, and Haewon Cho

Thur, Jan 28, 2021@ 4:30 pm EST
Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Jolyon Thomas's essay, "The Two Faces of Religious Freedom," was featured on the blog of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

Guobin Yang published a Springer open-access article on Wuhan lockdown diaries. See that fully article here: "Online lockdown diaries as endurance art
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Upcoming Events at Penn Museum: The Life of Japanese Americans at Seabrook Farms during the Second World WarJanuary 30, 2:00-3:30 pm.

11th Annual Virtual Shofuso Cherry Blossom 10K/5K, April 10-April 18. Registration is open, $35 (Price increases after February 12, 11:59 pm EST)
East Asian Studies Opportunities
Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (at Penn):

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

CEAS is now accepting applications for FLAS fellowships to support Penn students who study modern East Asian Languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian) and either related area or international studies or East Asia-related aspects of professional fields. For academic year 2021-22 we'll support up to 5 graduate students and 4 undergraduate students, and 6 students for summer intensive language study.

The deadline for both Academic Year 2021-22 fellowships and Summer 2021 is February 9th, 2021. For more information and to start an application, visit Penn's FLAS website.

Fellowships, Grants, and Job Opportunities (outside Penn):
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:

Behind the Screens: Exploring the Artistic Environments of Edo Japan A Workshop and Film Screening  for K-12 Educators.
Join the Pitt NCTA and SCREENSHOT:ASIA in bringing the artistic milieu of Edo Period Japan into your classroom with Edo Avant Garde, Linda Hoaglund's new documentary film on creativity in Japanese painting. In this film screening and workshop, NCTA master teachers will share their lesson ideas with you on how to take a single resource like the Edo Avant Garde documentary and use it in a multiplicity of ways in the classroom. Presenters Angie Stokes and Kachina Leigh will challenge participants to think about how to draw on this resource for ways to teach about history, culture, biodiversity, religion, and art. In advance of the workshop on January 23rd, participants are expected to attend the screening of the film on January 21 (which will include an introduction and Q&A with the film's director Linda Hoaglund). All those who participate in both the screening and the workshop will be sent a free DVD of the film so that you will be able to incorporate the film into your classroom teaching.

Film Screening: Thursday, January 21, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm (Eastern Time)
Educator Workshop: Saturday, January 23, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Pennsylvania educators who want Act 48 must attend both the screening and workshop. Certificates of Completion available upon request for educators who attend both the screening and workshop. The workshop will be conducted through Zoom. The film screening will be conducted through Vimeo. To register for the film screening and educator workshop, please visit:


Pandemic Pedagogy: COVID-19 and Education about Asia
February 2, 2021, 7-9pm (Eastern Time)
With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world responded by closing borders, shutting down market access, and stoking xenophobic nationalism. The so-called "China virus" led to a metaphorical pandemic of anti-Asian sentiment, with numerous companies, governments, and individuals infected. The study of Asia and cross-cultural difference has rarely been more important than now. Come join the authors of Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic to discuss ways in which we can use case studies from the pandemic to enhance our Asia-related curriculum. Participants will engage in conversation with the authors and will receive a complimentary copy of the book. This program will be conducted over Zoom. Participants will be sent their complementary copy of the book after the workshop concludes on February 2. To register, please click on the link below:


Teaching The Global Water Crisis: A Multi-Disciplinary Mini-course for K-12 Educators
February 8, 10, and 12, 2021, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Eastern Time) / 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Central Time)
Significant portions of the world's population lack access to sufficient quantities of water or to water of adequate quality - standards enshrined in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This unfolding global water crisis is making life precarious for billions of people and will increasingly foment environmental conflict, spur transnational migration, strain ecological systems, and exacerbate existing inequalities around the planet. This free, cross-disciplinary mini-course for K-12 educators will explore the global water crisis through attention to its geo-political, cultural, economic, and technological aspects, with particular attention to scholars and practitioners working within the environmental, political, and technological framework to address these challenges using a people-centered approach. Special attention will be given to the case of East Asia. The programs will be conducted by Zoom. You can sign up for one or all of these presentations. Benefits for K-16 educators: Educators who attend all three session will receive a Certificate of Completion and a set of grade-appropriate materials for their classrooms. Pennsylvania educators who want Act 48 hours must attend all three sessions. This mini-course is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, and Global Studies Center, and is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. To register, please click on the link below:


NCTA Workshop: "More Than Just K-POP: Take the Journey of Korea" February 13, 2021, 10am-12pm (Eastern Time)
Uncover some of the most exciting cultural icons of this country through an interactive exploration of Korea! From the 7th century Cheomseongdae Observatory to the 15th century development of the Hangul writing system to today's efforts in preserving Moon Bear populations, join us on this virtual tour of South Korea's geography and history while learning how to use these activities in your own classroom. The participants will not only learn about how to incorporate Korean content in the classroom in a fun, engaging way. This workshop will be conducted over Zoom. All K-12 Educators (pre-service and in-service teachers, librarians, and administrators) are welcomed. For more information, see the workshop website.


University of Colorado, Boulder: TEA-NCTA Upcoming 2021 Online Courses Join our colleagues at the University of Colorado, Boulder NCTA  and apply now for new TEA-NCTA online courses beginning in January.

Online Book Group: Japan through Children's Literature: Basho's Edo Japan. January 29 - April 8, 2021.This course features three picture books about Matsuo Bashō, a famous haiku poet, and his home and environs in 17th-century Edo-period Japan. Participants will explore the geography of Japan through poetry and woodblock prints and discuss classroom applications. Open nationally to contract K-8 teachers. Flyer and application HERE

Contemporary Issues Course: The Three Gorges Dam: From River Town to Now. February 10-April 7, 2021.
Beginning with a consideration of selected excerpts from the 2001 classic River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler, this course will examine the development of the Three Gorges Dam, the historical and geographic contexts of the project, and the far-reaching environmental, economic, and social impacts of the project within China and regionally.
Flyer and Application HERE

Book Group: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 in China through Fang Fang's Wuhan Diaries.
February 17 - March 23, 2021. This course will engage secondary teachers to understand cultural and social values as they related to lived experiences during the Wuhan lockdown when the Corona virus first appeared in China in early 2020. Flyer and application HERE.

Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

The Arts of China - Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Arts of China Teaching Toolkit is designed for elementary teachers and their students with the goal of enriching their exploration of Chinese art and culture. The lessons focus on artworks from the Brooklyn Museum's Chinese collection and exhibitions.  Arts of China collection ranges from the Neolithic era (circa 3000 B.C.E.) to today, revealing the sophistication of Chinese craftsmanship and the variety of concerns-funerary, courtly, religious, and poetic-that combined to define traditional Chinese culture.  Arts of China Teaching Toolkit includes twelve individual lessons, divided into three thematic units: Geography and Environment, Belief Systems, and Global Exchange.

Japanese Tea Ceremony - Five College Center for East Asian Studies This digital curriculum project looks to explore Japanese Tea Ceremony, or Chado (茶道) through its history, themes, and the material culture of tea. Understand the rituals and practices behind this traditional art through images and descriptions compiled by Dr. Yuko Eguchi-Wright, a certified tea master of the Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony. This wonderful resource includes videos of each step of the Tea Ceremony as well as descriptions of the practices and implements that form a part of the ceremony.

Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art - Guggenheim Museum
Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art is a resource that features 27 artists in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's collection. The artists in this resource are from countries across East Asia and Southeast Asia, but many live and work between two or more cities around the world. Their approach, known as global art history, seeks to integrate art from Asia within an international purview while illuminating its specific meaning and context. By showing how artists work between local, regional, and global currents, this resource seeks to provide a new understanding of the multiple histories of the art of our time. With these materials, they hope to introduce teachers and students to artists and artworks beyond the Western canon, as well as support those who want to broaden the narrative of art history in the classroom. Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art was made possible through the generous support of The Freeman Foundation.

Journey Along the Tōkaidō: Exploring Japan's National Road - Ohio State University
To show change over time and compare cultures as well as learn more about a very important part of Japanese history and culture, the "Journey along the Tōkaidō" has been created using various primary source materials.  The Tōkaidō Road, from Tokyo to Kyoto in Japan can be examined at various time periods (1830s, 1920s, and present day) and will show comparisons to the U.S. National Road and Route 66.  The stations along the Tōkaidō Road can looked at two ways: "horizontally" across the many stations in one time period, or looking "vertically" at one station across several time periods.  Students will study two primary source materials: the Tōkaidō gojusantsugi manga emaki (The Fifty Three Stations of the Tōkaidō Manga Scroll, which will be referred to as the "Tōkaidō Manga Scroll") and the The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō woodblock prints.

East Asia in the Geographic Perspective - Asia for Educators
Newly re-designed and optimized for mobile and tablet use, this collection of lesson materials focuses on the geography of East Asia; its land, water, people, agriculture, and why we call it "East Asia." In understanding the geography of the region, Students will gain a more complete understanding of the history and contemporary events in East Asia and the world. Depending on the set of Geography Standards or Themes in your curriculum, you can select the topic link you wish to explore to find relevant maps, visuals and lesson plans relevant to that topic from their interactive website. Resources focus on China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

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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