Past programs

“Three Brothers: Memories of My Family” by Yan Lianke Online NCTA Book Club

Program Start Date: Dec 8 2022

Location: Online program

Teachers joined Tese Wintz Neighbor for an insightful tribute and heart wrenching journey to rural China in the 1960s and 1970s. Three Brothers: Memories of My Family is a record of Chinese recent history as well as the story of one family. Written by Yan Lianke, it is a powerful and poignant portrait as he recalls

Teaching Peace with “The Last Cherry Blossom”: A Conversation with Japanese American author Kathleen Burkinshaw 

Program Start Date: Dec 3 2022

Location: Online program

Kathleen Burkinshaw‘s YA historical novel The Last Cherry Blossom is a deeply personal labor of love, loosely based on her mother’s childhood. It promotes world peace and nuclear disarmament through a moving story about Yuriko, a Japanese girl who survives the 1945 Hiroshima bombing. Teachers joined in for an online author interview followed by Q&A.

Behind the Headlines online series: China

Program Start Date: Oct 18 2022

Location: Online

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.  Behind the Headlines online series offered teachers a recap and a nuanced understanding of current events happening in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Xinjiang.  Each regional expert provided

Fall in-service day with the Seattle Asian Art Museum

Program Start Date: Oct 14 2022

Location: Online and in-person at

Program date: October 14, 2022 In the morning, teachers joined us virtually for Storytelling in Asian Art.  In the afternoon, they attended the in-person workshop, Connecting Words and Images at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.  The morning virtual workshop and the afternoon in-person workshop could be attended together or separately.  Both programs were free but

Behind the Headlines online series: Japan

Program Start Date: Oct 11 2022

Location: Online

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.  Behind the Headlines online series offered teachers a recap and a nuanced understanding of current events happening in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Xinjiang.  Each regional expert provided

Behind the Headlines online series: Xinjiang

Program Start Date: Oct 4 2022

Location: Online

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.  Behind the Headlines online series offered teachers a recap and a nuanced understanding of current events happening in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Xinjiang.  Each regional expert provided

Kamishibai performance and optional workshop

Program Start Date: Oct 1 2022

Location: Seattle Japanese Garden

With support from Youth Theatre Northwest and the Seattle Japanese Garden, the East Asia Resource Center was pleased to present a special opportunity for teachers to watch a Kamishibai performance by the only full time Kamishibai Storyteller remaining in Japan, Tatsuo “Tachan” Kawakami.  The performance was followed by an optional 90 minute workshop, aimed primarily

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

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

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