Past programs

*Almost* American: A Book Chat and Zine-Making Workshop

Program Start Date: May 17 2022

Location: Online

Program date: Tuesday, May 17th Online program 4:30PM to 6:30PM (PDT)  This online workshop opened with conversation about teachable moments in Robin Ha’s Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir— e.g. isolation immigrants experience when overcoming culture shock and adjusting to a new language, school, employment, and social life.  After the discussion, the group created a personal identity

“Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka: Understanding Early 20th Century Japanese Migration and Racism Abroad

Program Start Date: Apr 19 2022

Location: Online

PROGRAM START DATE: April 19, 2022 In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy sailed gunships into Tokyo Bay, forcing Japan to open to trade with the United States. In the years that followed Perry’s arrival, Japan underwent a tremendous social transformation. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Japan’s rapid urbanization and industrialization

Animating Catastrophe—Collective Trauma, Memory, and Reconciliation in the Anime Film “your name.” (君の名は。(kimi no na wa), 2016)

Program Start Date: Apr 7 2022

Location: Online program

This online workshop examined the unique power of anime to address issues of natural disaster and collective trauma through an analysis and discussion of the 2016 film your name. (君の名は。(kimi no na wa) ). This film was an unexpected blockbuster hit upon its release, becoming the 2nd highest grossing animated film of all time both in Japan and worldwide.

NCTA Online Book Club: “Eat the Buddha”, Barbara Demick

Program Start Date: Mar 28 2022

Location: Online Program

Participants joined EARC program leader Tese Wintz Neighbor and Seattle World Affairs Council Global Classroom Director Ryan Hauck for a Book Club focusing on issues facing Tibet today.  Teachers grappled together with the complex issues of economic gain vs. cultural loss, the Dalai Lama’s teachings on non-violence vs. self-immolations, education reform vs. watering of language and

Through a Lens: Exploring Contemporary China Through Film, Documentary and Social Media, PART TWO* (NCTA 2022 Seminar)

Program Start Date: Mar 16 2022

Location: Online program

Participants were expected to watch designated films on their own and then attend four mandatory Zoom sessions (2 hours each) to discuss the film/corresponding resources and share teaching ideas.  Participants received an online resource packet that included an annotated list of documentaries and films for classroom use with guiding questions and lesson plans, free copies

Celebrating Identity: Teaching Empathy and Understanding using Cultural Celebrations of the New Year

Program Start Date: Mar 9 2022

Location: Online Program

Created in partnership between the Wing Luke Museum and the Henry M. Jackson School South East Asia Center, this teacher training centered around the voices of Asian Americans who shares stories of the holidays that they celebrate and how the holidays continue the connection to their heritage. Teachers joined a two-part program during which ways to bring the

China and Japan Between 1860 and 1912 (NCTA 2022 Seminar)

Program Start Date: Feb 28 2022

Location: Online program

Between the years of 1860 and 1912 Japan and China went through tectonic shifts in every measurable category. Teachers joined Dr. Shelton Woods from Boise State University for an online seminar to explore this uniquely interesting and consequential period of history. Topics included the Taiping Rebellion, China’s Self-Strengthening Movement, the Boxer Rebellion, the Sino-Japan War of 1894-95, the Meiji

Book Club and Author Talk: Amy Stanley, “Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World”

Program Start Date: Dec 7 2021

Location: Online program

Teachers joined as we explored Amy Stanley’s Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award, winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography, and shortlisted for the Baillie-Gifford prize. Participants followed the extraordinary life of Tsuneno as

Japan: Where We Are At

Program Start Date: Nov 30 2021

Location: Online program

About the “Where We Are At” Series With a 24-hour uninterrupted, busy news cycle, it can be difficult to stay updated on East Asia and to grasp the relevance of the news we see. This online program series helps teachers with a recap of how China, Xinjiang, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan stand on the domestic

Hong Kong: Where We Are At

Program Start Date: Nov 16 2021

Location: Online program

About the “Where We Are At” Series With a 24-hour uninterrupted, busy news cycle, it can be difficult to stay updated on East Asia and to grasp the relevance of the news we see. This online program series helps teachers with a recap of how China, Xinjiang, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan stand on the domestic