Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter for September 11-18, 2020
End of an Era: Beijing Restaurant 大學城 at Spruce and 37th Streets has closed its doors after 32 years of serving Penn's campus. Beijing catered many CEAS events over the years, and will be dearly missed! See here for a story from the Daily Pennsylvanian.
Upcoming East Asia-related Events at Penn
Asian American Studies Program presents

Panel: "Anti-Asian Racism and the State"
Including faculty Eiichiro Azuma, David L. Eng, Fariha Khan, and Josephine Park

Mon, Sept. 14, 2020 @ 12 pm  EDT
Virtual Conference via Zoom
More information
Korean Studies Colloquium 

“Subtitling Parasite: The Impossible Art of Film Translation" with Darcy Paquet

Weds, Sept. 16, 2020 @ 8 pm  EDT
Virtual Conference via Zoom
Registration Required
Attention students

Penn Abroad Virtual Fair
Explore East Asia Opportunities through semester & academic year research, internships, short-term study, and summer programs

Thurs, Sept. 17, 2020 @ 10 am -2 pm  EDT
Virtual Conference via Zoom
Register Now for Penn Abroad Fair
Thurs, Sept. 17, 2020 @ 4:30 pm  EDT
Virtual Dialogue via Zoom
Register Now
Penn East Asia Faculty and Students in the Media
Jolyon Thomas was featured in a video on the Scholar Strike YouTube channel, part of a #FacultyStrike organized by Anthea Butler (RELS). The video details contexts of racist depictions in a recent NHK video, diverting attention away from the murders of Black people by police. Click the following link to see that video:  "Racist Depictions Mask Racist Assumptions".

Tomoko Takami was featured in a video for the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. Click here for the full video.
Regional East Asia-related events and opportunities
At Shofuso this week:

“What is Asia to the U.S.? Connecting the Pacific Region to the American Doorstep” Wednesday, September 16, from 12:00 to 1:00PM ET see more information

“Found in Translation: Shofuso and the Ideal of Living with Nature," Ken Tadashi Oshima lecture, discussion with William Whitaker, Mira Nakashima and Charlotte Raymond. September 17 (Thursday), 6:00-7:30 p.m, general admission $15.

Also, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) is holding a fundraiser to support small businesses in Chinatown.  "Ai Love Chinatown" t-shirts and canvas tote bags will be available until September 17.
East Asian Studies Opportunities

The New School (NYC) is offering a free 10-week online seminar on Law, Justice and Human Rights in China, led by Jerome A. Cohen and Teng Biao. The seminar will be held on Wednesdays, Sept 16-Nov 18, 2020. See here for more information. Remember that Professor Cohen will visit us as our Distinguished East Asia Lecture on Nov. 19.
Attention Students interested in East Asian literary translation: There is a new literary translation collective that will begin meeting in Penn’s online spaces this fall. Transversal will be a gathering place and a resource for any and all literary translators in the Philadelphia area. They will hold writing and submission work sessions to make the task of the translator a little less lonesome, host workshops to offer each other preliminary feedback and support, and invite guest speakers to share their thoughts and work with the group. The collective will be funded primarily by Penn's Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, but it will always be open to collaboration across institutions. For more information, please contact Hilah Kohen, a student in Penn's Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory.
Call for Applications

The University of Michigan Department of Asian Languages and Cultures Ph.D. program welcomes applications for its Fall 2020 Preview
Event: October 8-9, 2020. See here for more information.

2020 SSRC Fellow Seminar with Aihwa Ong: Near-Humans, Cloned Monkeys, & CRISPR Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China's Quest for Biosecurity. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Monday, September 14, 2020. See here for more information.
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.

"From Our Classroom To Yours": An NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series​.  This is a series of NCTA Master Teacher workshops on integrating East Asia into your classroom. Each presentation will provide Act 48 for Pennsylvania teachers and Certificates of Completion for teachers from other states.

September 21st, 2020, 7-8:30pm: "East Asian Case Studies in Human Geography: Population, Migration, and Innovation". Led by Matthew Sudnik. Click here for more information.

October 10th, 2020, 1-3pm: “Picture This! Traveling Through Time with Japanese Art and Manga”. Led by Angie Stokes. Click here for more information.

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Online Seminar: Korea in the Ancient and Early Medieval World (1st c. BCE -1170 CE): A Professional Development Seminar for Secondary Teachers, Oct-Dec 2020.
How did the Korean peninsula develop into the distinct state and society, especially on the periphery of Chinese dynastic and Eurasian nomadic powers? What did Ancient and Early Medieval Korea (1st c. BCE - 1170 CE) contribute to the greater East Asian region? NCTA at the Program for Teaching East Asia offers this 24-hour course for secondary teachers (6-12) to consider these questions through the lenses of geopolitics and governance, trade, society, belief and thought systems, and technology across four periods of Korean history. Participating teachers will consider historiography and examine archaeological, artistic, and written primary sources for classroom application. The seminar will address the World History Content Standards. Course Format and Expectations: This seminar will be conducted through four asynchronous online modules, each consisting of pertinent readings and visual sources, and a participant discussion forum on content and pedagogy. The course begins October 1, 2020, with online introductions. The four modules run October 8-21; October 22-November 4; November 5-18; and November 19-December 9 (extended for Thanksgiving Break). A final paper and evaluation will be due December 20, 2020. Eligibility and Application: Secondary teachers nationwide are invited to apply. Enrollment is limited to 20 teachers; applications will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis. Preference will be given to world history, world geography and art history teachers and, additionally, to contract teachers and teachers who are not taking another fall 2020 TEA-NCTA online course. Registration closes September 18, 2020, or when course is full.
To register, please visit the link below:

NCTA is conducting a series of webinars with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Online Course on Modern Japan: Meiji Through WWII
Join our colleagues at the NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder. This 30-hour, eight-week online course focuses on Japan's story of becoming a modern nation and imperialist and global power, from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to Japan's WWII defeat in 1945. The course will introduce participants to current historical interpretations by leading scholars as well as classroom-applicable primary sources. Each of the four seminar modules will include an exploration of an online primary source resource collection, with discussion of instructional applications. This course is open to social studies teachers of grades 9-12 who teach about Japan as part of their required curriculum. Eligibility and Selection: Social studies teachers of grades 9-12 nationwide are invited to apply. Preference will be given to contract teachers whose required curriculum includes the history of Japan and who are not enrolling in another fall NCTA online seminar.
Seminar Dates: The course begins with a required Intro Period to review expectations and meet fellow participants, September 20-26. The formal course syllabus begins September 27 and continues with four two-week modules: September 27-October 10; October 11-24; October 25-November 7, and November 8-21. A short Curriculum Implementation Plan (CIP) and evaluation will be due by December 12.
To learn more and register, please visit the link below:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Online Course: Hong Kong on the Brink: An Online Course Linking Book Discussion & Current Issues
Join our colleagues at the NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder. This six-week, 18-hour NCTA course explores the evolution and current status of the Hong Kong democracy movement from the origins of the 2014 Umbrella movement to today. With China scholar Jeffrey Wasserstrom's February 2020 book Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink as a foundation, the class will also consider essays by China specialists, investigative news reports, and podcasts. Eligibility and Selection: This course is open to secondary school literature, social studies, history, and Chinese language teachers. Admission is selective, with priority given to grade 9-12 contract teachers whose required curriculum in one of these subject areas includes 21st-century China and who are not enrolling in multiple concurrent NCTA programs during the dates of this course. Book Group Dates: The course begins with online introductions September 28 and continues with three two-week modules: October 3-16; Oct. 17-30; and November 7-21, with a week off for the national election. Curriculum Implementation Plans are due December 9, 2020. Registration starts August 18 - September 21. To learn more and register, please visit:

NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder Book Group: Japan Through Children's Literature: World War II Picture-book Biographies
Join our colleagues at the NCTA-TEA University of Colorado at Boulder. This book group will discuss the integration of biographies in social studies and literacy curriculum about wartime Japan and human rights. We will consider three picture-book biographies that depict respectively a Japanese diplomat, an atomic bomb survivor and a staff person in the Occupation General Headquarters. This course for K-8 teachers will explore historical narratives of war and peace in Japan, as well as writing and teaching biography on difficult topics for younger students. Eligibility and Expectations: Open to elementary and middle school teachers nationwide. Admission is selective and priority will be given to contract teachers whose curriculum incorporates Japan and teachers who have not previously taken an online course with the University of Colorado's NCTA or TEA programs. Participants are responsible for acquiring the three books in advance of the book group start date. Teachers are expected to: participate fully in all three module discussions and a live webinar with an author of one of the featured texts; submit a four-page Classroom Implementation Plan (CIP) describing ways to use the books in their teaching; and complete an evaluation. Online Format: The book group will be offered through three asynchronous modules and one live webinar. The book group opens with online introductions, September 25, 2020. The three modules run: October 2-15; October 16-29; and October 30-November 12, followed by a synchronous author webinar sponsored by NCTA at the Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Submission of a final paper and evaluation will complete the program on November 30, 2020. To learn more and register, please visit:

Columbia University NCTA: Teaching East Asia Through Graphic Novels: Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Book Group
Join our colleagues at Columbia University NCTA for a continuation of their series focusing on teaching East Asia through the following graphic novels: Black Ships: Illustrated Japanese History - The Americans Arrive. Written by Sean Michael Wilson. Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima, September 9, 2020 - October 6, 2020, The Satsuma Rebellion: Illustrated Japanese History - The Last Stand of the Samurai. Written by Sean Michael Wilson. Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima. October 14, 2020 - November 3, 2020, Banned Book Club. Written by Kim Hun Sook and Ryan Estrada. Illustrated by Ko Hyung-Ju. November 18, 2020 - December 22, 2020. To register for any of the above book groups or others, please visit the link below:

Other recently added online resources for K-12 teachers:

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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