Past programs

Teaching the Mongols

Program Start Date: Jun 4 2018

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Teachers explored the rise and fall of the Mongol empire in both regional (East Asian) and global contexts with an emphasis on pedagogical approaches for the middle and high school classroom.

Taiwan in the Balance

Program Start Date: Apr 24 2018

Location: Seattle, WA

Although Taiwan is a small island of 23 million people today, its history is rich with themes that illuminate and contribute to our understanding of major historical issues such as migration, colonialism, industrialization, ethnicity and identity, the Cold War, and democratization. Its unresolved status as a “state” inserts Taiwan into larger conflicts between the US and China, where it serves as a potential hot spot for global conflict.

Write About Asia Spring 2018 series

Program Start Date: Mar 31 2018

“Write about Asia” was offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. It was facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts. This past series was titled, “Asian Textiles Across Time and Place”. This series was inspired by the “amazing array of textile arts, textile manufacturing and fashion originating from Asia” being “shared globally in new ways” (excerpts from the Gardner Center Website).

Engaging Students in Contemporary World Issues

Program Start Date: Mar 9 2018

Location: Stevenson, WA

Participants were immersed in China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response, and examined parts of Climate Change and Questions of Justice. Both units were provided. Participants discussed ways to adapt these materials to specific classroom goals. The workshop also highlighted free resources on the Choices website.

North Korea: Past and Present

Program Start Date: Feb 8 2018

Location: Seattle, WA

Teachers gained a better understanding of North Korea and current challenges in international affairs. Speakers delved into the historical roots of the North Korean state, its internal mechanisms of social, political and ideological control and the development of critical issues on the Korean peninsula.

Chinese Boys in America Book Discussion

Program Start Date: Feb 5 2018

Location: Seattle, WA

Update: 2018 Freeman Book Award Winner! The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball was awarded the 2018 Freeman Book Award. This annual award, sponsored by 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, recognizes quality books for children

The Silk Roads -Yesterday and Today

Program Start Date: Jan 31 2018

Location: Seattle and Tacoma, WA

An NCTA seminar for middle and high school teachers was offered in both Seattle and Tacoma. The Silk Road was not one road but a great network of trade routes, which linked China to Europe and all the lands in between. Products were traded, but ideas and beliefs, techniques and works of art were also

Write About Asia Winter 2018 series

Program Start Date: Jan 27 2018

Location: Seattle, WA

“Write about Asia” was offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. It was facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts and co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center and Center for Global Studies.

China: From 1956 to 1976

Program Start Date: Jan 22 2018

Location: Boise, ID

The two decades from 1956 to 1976 included unprecedented joys and sorrows for China; many of these experiences were rooted in the policies and personality of one man, Mao Zedong. This seminar carefully examined the primary and secondary sources related to China from the later half of the 1950’s until Mao’s death in 1976. It included the Cultural Revolution, President Nixon’s visit to China and many other fascinating topics. All of these stories were part of an epic narrative that unfolded in these seminar lectures.

Global Energy Today: The Asian Nexus

Program Start Date: Jan 17 2018

Location: Seattle, WA

A workshop for teachers
The Asia Centers, the Center for Global Studies of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and the Libraries at the University of Washington were proud to present “Global Energy Today: The Asian Nexus”, its 2017 Newspapers in Education series and workshop. The six-part series, in conjunction with The Seattle Times, included articles on the many aspects of energy production, distribution and use that affect this growing region. Our workshop included presentations by the lead series author, Professor Scott Montgomery of the University of Washington as well as an introduction to the curriculum that pairs with the articles, by guide author, Tese Wintz Neighbor.