Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for July 23-31, 2020
East Asia and Remote Teaching at Penn
Today the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) released a "Statement Regarding Remote Teaching, Online Scholarship, Safety, and Academic Freedom". The statement focused on the challenges of videoconferencing tools that may lead to concerns over academic freedom and safety, and included considerations for teaching faculty and university administrators. See that statement at the AAS website.
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Korean Studies Colloquium

“Health and Well-being of Adolescents from Multicultural Families in Korea” with Hyeyoung Woo

Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ 10 pm EDT, (11 am Friday Seoul time)

For Zoom link, please email Seok Lee ( with your name, affiliation, and email.

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Korean Studies Colloquium

“The Immigrant Growth Machine and the Political Opportunity Structures of Place in Koreatown, Los Angeles” with Angie Chung

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 10 pm EDT, (11 am Friday Seoul time)

For Zoom link, please email Seok Lee ( with your name, affiliation, and email.

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Penn East Asia Faculty and Graduate Students in the Media
Sino-Platonic Papers, a journal that was started by Victor Mair (EALC) in 1986, just published its 300th issue, an issue that was highlighted this week on the Language Log blog. Browse that latest issue, or any of the 299 back issues at the Congratulations Victor!

PhD Candidate in EALC Mark Bookman was featured this week in an interview for the official magazine of the US Embassy in Japan American View. Read the story by following this link: Accessibility is for Everyone: An Interview with Mark Bookman.
Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
Upcoming events:

Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania is holding a series of Virtual Japanese-English Reading Circles. Sessions run from July to September, with the next upcoming event Aug. 1st, 5-6:30pm. See here for more details and how to sign up.

This week's Regional East Asia CEAS picks:

See the striking Moon Night, a 1981 lithograph by Chen Yu, housed in the Penn Art Collection, University of Pennsylvania
See more recently collected resources at CEAS Resources page.
Fellowship and Funding Opportunities
  • 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 National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) lists online events, some of which are open to Act 48 support for PA teachers.

Teaching on the Silk Roads: An NCTA Online Workshop for K-12 Educators
Thursday, August 20, 2020.  6-8:30pm (EASTERN TIME)
Viewing world history from the vantage point of the Silk Roads can challenge the Eurocentrism of mainstream history and introduce a more balanced view of the past. In this online workshop we will explore the global significance of this trade network that connected India, Central and East Asia, and Europe for over a thousand years. We will especially focus on the development and spread of Buddhism and also discuss the momentous discovery of the largest cache of historic documents and artifacts found in the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang that bear witness to the cultural, religious, social and commercial activity that took place along the Silk Roads. Part of our exploration of the Silk Roads will involve interactive mapping (using ArcGIS Online) which teachers and students can use throughout the school year to:
1)    Complete a distance analysis of the locations along the Silk Roads
2)    Examine the landscapes of the Silk Roads
3)    Evaluate "the reach" of the Silk Roads in terms of goods, cultures and diseases
All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for professional development reporting. Pennsylvania educators will receive Act 48 professional development hours. This program is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (funded by the Freeman Foundation) at the University of Pittsburgh.  Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Center,  European Studies Center, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.  The program will be conducted via Zoom. To register for this program, please click here.
Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies Online NCTA Seminar
Sept 7th-Nov 15, 2020, ONLINE
Join our NCTA colleagues at the Five Colleges Center for this 10-week online seminar, we will consider the experiences of the people of Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, both in war time 1945 and in post-1945 peace time. The objective of this course is to carefully consider the experiences and voices of the people in Japan who were impacted by the events to be discussed. Participants will complete required weekly readings, participate in weekly asynchronous online discussions, view archived one-hour webinars and 2 short films, and participate in several (3-4) synchronous one-hour webinars. A final classroom implementation plan is also required. Participants who successfully complete all of the course requirements by the deadline will receive a $150 stipend, a one-year subscription to Education about Asia and a certificate of completion for 40 contact hours. There are no prerequisites for this seminar, but some familiarity with the Battle of Okinawa and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be helpful. We expect that the weekly time commitment will be approximately six hours inclusive of all activities. Participants will have access to materials prior to the beginning of the course and may read ahead. Books will be mailed in mid-August, and participants will be able to access all required online readings at that time. Deadline to apply is August 10, 2020 at Noon (Eastern Time). To learn more and apply, please click on the link below:

Other upcoming Nation-wide NCTA online programs include:

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies is hosting a group of upcoming webinars. These webinars focus on the Ties that Bind project that seeks out local connections between the US and East Asia:

Ties that Bind: Chinese in New England (and more)
Thursday, July 23, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Dr. Wing-kai To, Bridgewater State University

Ties that Bind: Peabody Essex Museum Asian Export Gallery,
Friday, July 24, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Karina H. Corrigan, H. A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art,
Peabody Essex Museum

Ties that Bind: Japanese in New England (and beyond)
Monday, July 27, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Dr. Gary Mukai, Stanford University

Online Film Discussion Group: China/Avant-Guarde: Exploring Modern China through Art
Join our colleagues at the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh in an exploration of modern China through the lens of art. China has transformed politically, economically and physically over the past 25 years. Art reflects the visual evidence of this change both within the artists and their artwork and offers a unique platform for discussing the complexities of China's economic boom. China/Avant-Garde: Exploring Modern China through Art is the first in a series of online modules as part of our new Pennsylvania Teaching International Studies Through the Arts initiative. The module will provide access to view two documentaries-Inner Visions: Avant-Garde Art in China (1993) and Art in Smog (2018), an interview with the filmmaker Lydia Chen, and a curriculum guide for integrating the material into your classroom. Upon completion, participants may be eligible for the following materials: video links to stream documentaries, Avant-Garde Art in China book, resource materials and certificate of completion.To learn more and register, please click the link below:

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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