China’s Past: New Strategies for Teaching the Sources of Chinese Civilization

Program Start Date: Jul 25 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

China's Past

‘China’s Past: New Strategies for Teaching the Sources of Chinese Civilization’ covered a broad range of Chinese history including Confucius and the foundations of Chinese culture, the legacies of the Tang and Song dynasties, and the ways in which Chinese history is understood in China today. Particular attention was given to curriculum and resources for teachers of grades 3-8.

Japan and the West: From First Encounters to Contemporary Global Issues

Program Start Date: Jul 11 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

Japan and the West

‘Japan and the West’ focused on points of intersection between Japan, Europe, and America from their first encounters to the present. It wove together visual art with primary and secondary source texts in order to explore historical change and continuity from multiple perspectives. Several connections to US History were drawn.

‘Skills of the Ninja’ teacher workshop

Program Start Date: May 5 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

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In films and animated movies, ninjas are invested with superhuman powers and exhibit impressive skills, but what about the ninjas who actually existed? K-12 teachers participated in a workshop in conjunction with the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas’ “Skills of the Ninja” lecture-presentation by Professor Yuji Yamada of Mie University.

‘The Sun Gods’ book discussion with author Jay Rubin

Program Start Date: May 24 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

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K12 teachers participated in an evening of discussion and conversation with author and translator Jay Rubin. As one of the foremost English-language translators of Japanese literature, he is best known for his numerous translations of novels by Haruki Murakami including ‘The Wind Up Bird Chronicle’ and the first two books of ‘1Q84.’ He published his novel ‘The Sun Gods’ last year…