Past programs

North Korea Book Club

Program Start Date: Dec 5 2019

Location: Various

The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un  by Anna Fifield How can we begin to understand the complex history of North Korea and its leader? This program dived deeper into this question by engaging in a dynamic discussion with other educators, exploring contemporary challenges facing North Korean society, and sharing

Catching Your Students with Pokemon: Japanese Popular Culture in the Classroom using NCTA Curriculum

Program Start Date: Nov 25 2019

Location: Missoula, MT

Kids of all ages love Pokemon, Totoro and Hello Kitty. This workshop showed teachers how to use students’ fascination with Japan’s vibrant pop culture as a gateway to learning about the history and culture of Japan and other Asian countries. Professor Brian Dowdle led a lecture about Japanese popular culture and an introduction on resources from the

The Japanese Garden

Program Start Date: Oct 19 2019

Location: Seattle, WA

Program description “Japanese gardens are fascinating expressions of landscape art. Their beauty speaks to everyone. What is behind this beauty? Why do the gardens of Japan speak to us so strongly?” – Wybe Kuitert Seminar leader Pat Burleson led a day-long program at the Seattle Japanese Garden. Participants looked into Japan’s basic geography, climate and seasons, Japanese

Tradition, Exchange, and Innovation in Art: An Introduction to East Asian Visual Culture and Beyond

Program Start Date: Jul 15 2019

Location: Seattle, WA

NCTA 2019 Summer Institute  for K-12 teachers of all subjects Description Tradition, Exchange, and Innovation in Art: An Introduction to East Asian Visual Culture and Beyond looked at moments in the transmission of culture vis-à-vis art forms produced and transmitted throughout and beyond East Asia. This course focused on the production of art forms, such

East Asia in the Classroom, 2018 Freeman Awards Winners

Program Start Date: Apr 20 2019

Location: Seattle, WA

An NCTA workshop for teachers (2-8 grade) at the University of Washington in Seattle. This one-day workshop gave teachers the opportunity to celebrate the 2018 Freeman Award Winning Books, which were announced in January 2019. The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast

Write About Asia Spring 2019

Program Start Date: Mar 16 2019

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. On March 16, March 30, April 6 and April 27 there was a lecture followed by a writing workshop facilitated by Mary Roberts. Educators attended

Diversity and Connections: Teaching a Global Perspective on Japan and Montana

Program Start Date: Mar 5 2019

Location: Missoula, MT

This free workshop was led by Dr. Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Montana. It was held in tandem with the Academic WorldQuest program, which had a focus on Japan in this year’s module. During this workshop teachers discussed how to educate students on diversity and make interdisciplinary connections when teaching

China Book Club, “Little Soldiers” by Lenora Chu

Program Start Date: Feb 26 2019

Location: Various

Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve This book club was open to current K-12 in-service and pre-service teachers. The registration fee of $10 included a copy of the book, a light dinner, 4 clock hours, and resources. Sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center, University of Washington

Edo Japan: 1600 to 1868

Program Start Date: Jan 28 2019

Location: Boise, ID

Tokugawa Japan (also known as the Edo era) lasted from 1600 to 1868.  This unprecedented time of peace and relative prosperity for Japan were the seeds for what Japan became by the end of the nineteenth century—a powerful colonial power and Asia’s first industrial state.  During Tokugawa’s almost three-hundred-year period, Japan’s urban and rural populations

The Silk Roads: Yesterday and Today

Program Start Date: Jan 23 2019

Location: Everett, WA

An NCTA seminar for middle and high school teachers offered in Everett, WA. 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 transmitted, which shaped