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Behind the Headlines: Japan (online program)

Chiyoda, Japan (photo credit: Jezael Melgoza)


With the 24-hour uninterrupted news cycle, it can be challenging to stay on top of what is happening in East Asia and around the world. The online series Behind the Headlines offers teachers a recap and a nuanced understanding of current events happening in Taiwan, South and North Korea, China, Xinjiang, Japan, and Hong Kong. Each regional expert will provide a summary and context behind the latest developments in these countries over the last several months. Teachers will have an opportunity to ask timely and pertinent questions, leading to an informative discussion on East Asia today. Speakers are from the faculty of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and other leading institutions. Educators will be able select one or more sessions to attend.

This session will focus on Japan.

Regional expert in this session

Robert Pekkanen, Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.


Tuesday,October 10, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (online)

This program will be held on Zoom.


Two free WA OSPI clock hours will be provided for this session.


This program is free and open to K-12 teachers of all grades and subjects. Please follow this link to register.

This program is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).