East Asian Futurisms: Exploring Speculative Fiction’s Commentaries on Power, Identity, and Society

Program Start Date: Aug 2 2022

Location: Online

Science fiction often highlights competing ideologies, dreams, and provides subversive commentary on political issues.  These stories also raise questions of which bodies are marked as “other” by categorization and placement in hierarchies, and/or understood as human. Geared towards secondary teachers, this online seminar offered an introduction to political, cultural, and social challenges represented in East

Sacred Spaces and Experiences

Program Start Date: Jul 11 2022

Location: Online

Top left: ‘Sakamoto and the Monks of Hieizan’. Photo: Andrew William   Top right: “VITRIFIED” (2018) Etsuko Ichikawa. Photo: Peter Kuhnlein   Bottom left: ‘A Walk among 1,200 Buddhas’. Photo: Andrew William   Bottom right: ‘Broken Poems of Fireflies’ (2020) Etsuko Ichikawa. Photo: Alec Miller Program dates and times: Monday, July 11th to Thursday, July 14th  Curated and

Write About Asia: 2021 Freeman Award Winners

Program Start Date: Jul 13 2022

Location: Online

Write About Asia: 2021 Freeman Award Winners (online) The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University sponsor the annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature.  The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to

Exploring Asian Art: Storytelling, Identity, and Spirituality

Program Start Date: Jun 24 2022

Location: Seattle Asian Art Museum

Dates: Friday, June 24th to Sunday, June 26th (three-day workshop) Location: In-person at the Seattle Asian Art Museum  This workshop was held at the recently renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum where educators found themed galleries that intersperse works from different regions, as well as from ancient to contemporary times. While the South Galleries feature art in

Mongolia Today: Modern Culture and Foreign Relations

Program Start Date: May 31 2022

Location: Online

Program date: Tuesday, May 31st Online program 4:30PM to 6:30PM (PDT)  Azjargal Amarsanaa presented an introduction to contemporary Mongolia, allowing for a timely discussion about the challenges and opportunities it faces in a shifting geopolitical landscape. Speaker  Azjargal was University of Washington’s 2021-22 Fulbright Mongolian Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA).  Originally from Murun in Northern

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by Ai Weiwei (2021) Online Book Club

Program Start Date: Jun 28 2022

Location: Online

Tuesday, June 28th from 4:30PM to 6:30PM (PDT)   or Thursday, June 30th from 4:30PM to 6:30PM (PDT) Many know Ai Weiwei as China’s most controversial and perhaps most dangerous artist.   As we see from his documentaries or through his accessible installations that can be walked on, around or under, Ai Weiwei continues breaking boundaries to create thought