Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter May 20 - 30, 2021
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
National Commitee on US-China Relations and CSCC's Penn Project on the Future of US-China Relations present
"Higher Education and U.S.-China Relations" with Mary Gallagher (U of Michigan), Margaret Lewis (Seton Hall University), Rory Truex (Princeton), and Jacques deLisle (Penn)
Fri May 21, 2021@ 9:30 am EDT (ONLINE)
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Penn Wharton China Center
Penn-Fudan Virtual Series on Global Issues and Governance: U.S.-China Hospital Management and Navigating Challenges During COVID-19
Tues., May 25, 2021@  8 am EDT
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Perry World House
Launching into the New Space Age with Naoko Yamazaki
Weds., May 26, 2021@ 9 am EDT
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Penn East Asia Faculty Honors
Congratulations to Jolyon Thomas (Religious Studies) for his recent promotion to tenured Associate Professor

Guobin Yang (Annenberg) has published a new book on COVID-19 in Wuhan. See here for a link to the publisher's page: “The Wuhan Lockdown” 

Hyunjoon Park (Sociology) edited the New Demographic Research Special Collection 3: Family Changes and Inequality in East Asia. This publication was supported by the Penn Population Studies Center and NICHD-NIH. Read the 8 articles on families in East Asia evolving in the face of economic & gender inequality HERE.
Penn East Asia Faculty in the Media
Penn Law’s Eric Feldman spoke on the ethics of mask mandates on NPR's broadcast Marketplace. Click here for more information or to hear that segment in its entirety. 
Regional East Asia-related Events and Opportunities
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania Virtual Japanese-English Reading Circle  Every Saturday from April 3rd to June 19th 5-6:30PM EDT

The Chinatown Scavenger Hunt *Summer Edition!* May 10th to July 3rd at Philadelphia Chinatown. Participants must register at Franklin Square's Ticket Window during business hours to start the Chinatown Scavenger Hunt.

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center will be hosting a Facebook Live event titled "Exploring Food & Music: Japanese Edition" on May 20, 2021 at 4pm ET. See here for Facebook Live event page

Self-Defense Classes for Philly's AAPI Community by Grandmaster Eng Kung Fu (Grandmaster Disciple of IP Man) at The Rail Park May 22-23 Register for this free event here

PennSori (Penn’s premier K-music fusion a cappella group) put out a new video with Spring 2021 Songs Watch it here

Michiyuki: Japanese Time-Space Concept for Mindfulness of Everyone Everyday with architect/landscape-architect team of Penguin Environmental Design Yoko Kawai and Takaya Kurimoto Zoom Event live from Shofuso Tuesday June 29 5-6PM EDT Register at
East Asian Studies Opportunities

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

Opportunities for Regional Educators

2021 CEAS K-12 NCTA Professional Development Seminar “Cultural Identities and Cross Cultural Connections in East Asia: Influences from the Classical Period to the Present”, June 21-July 1

A seminar for educators featuring top scholars and practitioners in history, art, and literature, with workshops on music, food, calligraphy and museum visits

This course is designed to deepen your knowledge of China, Japan, Korea, this course will encourage teaching and learning about East Asia’s political, social, and cultural history. Each session is built around a content speaker and group discussion, making the seminar perfect for K-12 teachers of World History, World Cultures, Geography, Economics, Language and Language Arts, Literature, Visual and Performing Arts.

Topics will include:

  • Foundations: Confucianism, Buddhism and Buddhist art in context
  • Early Chinese civilization: Han, Tang and Song Dynasties

  • Early Japan and Korea: Art, literature and history

  • East Asia in the Early Modern World: history and the arts

  • Discrimination in East Asia: nationality politics and racism
  • Contemporary East Asia

Highlighted activities will include:

  • Virtual museum tours
  • Interactive food activities: pulling noodles and Japanese tea ceremony demonstration
  • Musical demonstrations of Japanese and Chinese instruments
  • Interactive brush painting activity

Benefits for educators who complete all seminar requirements:

  • Certificate of Completion (36 hours) will be given to all K-12 educators who complete the course requirements.
  • PA teachers will also be eligible for up to 36 ACT 48 hours
  • $200 professional stipend to each participant upon satisfactory completion of all seminar requirements: attendance at all sessions and submission of all written assignments
  • $100 mini-grant for school-related materials and activities
  • Seminar books and teaching materials
  • Complimentary subscription to Education About Asia
  • Certificate of completion (36 hours)
  • NCTA alumni have access to alumni newsletters with updates on free programs, online resources, recommended books and films, and opportunities for travel to East Asia

Deadline to register: May 21, 2021. See HERE for more information.


Other opportunities posted by our partners at NCTA coordinating site at University of Pittsburgh:

Teaching China through the Arts: NCTA-Brooklyn Museum of Art Virtual Teaching Workshop
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 5:30-7:30pm (Eastern Time)
(Online) Join Pitt NCTA online for a free elementary educator professional development workshop, held in conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum of Art, to learn about the Arts of China, a new online resources and Teaching Toolkit designed to support culturally inclusive learning by introducing students to the complexity and diversity of China. This program is free, but registration is required. The Arts of China online resource and Teaching Toolkit are designed with third grade students in mind, but teachers of all ages and subject areas are welcome to attend. Complimentary teaching materials will be sent to the first 50 public school elementary teachers who register for and attend the entire two hour program. See here for more information:


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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