Past programs

Post-postwar Japan: Its Fall and Rise (NCTA in-person Summer Program)

Program Start Date: Jun 13 2024

Location: Anchorage, AK

Course Description Remember when Japan was poised to rule the world at the end of the 1980s (probably not)? Since 1989 the dominant narrative of Japan has been one of decline and increasing irrelevance. There are elements of truth in this story. Japan is a much different place today than it was thirty-five years ago.

Write About Asia, Winter 2024

Program Start Date: Jun 8 2024

Location: Seattle, WA

Write about Asia is a writing workshop offered by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s (SAAM) Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas and its seasonal Saturday University Lecture Series, during which participants delve into new themes with a different speaker each week. Challenging, thought-provoking,

Graphic Memoir: “The Boy from Clearwater” NCTA Online Book Club

Program Start Date: Jun 4 2024

Location: Online program

In this program, we explored the 1930s and 1950s Taiwan through the eyes of Tsai Kun-lin, a boy who was born in Qingshui. This true story begins with Tsai growing up in Japanese occupied Taiwan. Through Tsai’s eyes and the graphic artist’s pen, the reader comes face to face with a changing Taiwan: from an

Global Asia Book Group – NCTA Online Series

Program Start Date: Jun 3 2024

Location: Online Program

Participants explored “Asia” in its many manifestations through the lens of Global Asias (the notion of studying Asia transnationally and transculturally through the movement of people, ideas, and culture across place and time). Through a curated series of online book groups designed for high school teachers, this course focused on stories that center the human experience

Father Knows Best: Sex, Love, and Kinship in Ang Lee’s “Eat Drink Man Woman” – NCTA Film Club

Program Start Date: May 23 2024

Location: Online program

What does it mean to be a family—or for that matter, a man or woman—in a rapidly changing society where traditional structures of meaning find themselves under siege? As the final installment of Ang Lee’s (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Brokeback Mountain; Hulk) “Father Knows Best” trilogy and his only film shot entirely in Taiwan, Eat

East Asian Visual Culture – NCTA Online Workshop Series

Program Start Date: May 21 2024

Location: Online program

  Teachers joined art historian Melanie King for a continuation of the introductory to East Asian visual culture workshops. These 90-minute, stand-alone sessions each had  a unique focus and are intended for people new to East Asian art history or people looking for a refresher course. During each session we spent time exploring artistic, historical,

Double Desire: Navigating Post-3/11 Relationships in Hamaguchi Ryūsuke’s “Asako I & II” (2018) – NCTA Online Film Club

Program Start Date: May 15 2024

Location: Online program

Director Hamaguchi Ryūsuke burst into the cinematic mainstream with his Best International Feature Film Oscar win for Drive My Car in 2022, but few are aware of his already prodigious filmography. Coming from a theatrical background and with a penchant for working with amateur actors, many of Hamaguchi’s films focus on the impact of the 3/11 Triple

Outer Space Policy in US-China Relations – NCTA Online Program

Program Start Date: Apr 25 2024

Location: Online Program

  Are you intrigued by the evolving public and private dimensions of outer space policy? Did you follow the Odysseus Moon lander, the first privately build spacecraft and first U.S. one to land on the moon in 50 years? Do you think about the potential for both cooperation and conflict among nations in outer space,

“Zodiac” by Ai Weiwei (2024) – NCTA Online Book Club (PROGRAM FULL)

Program Start Date: Apr 3 2024

Location: Online Program

Many know Ai Weiwei as China’s most controversial and perhaps most dangerous artist. Perhaps you have walked around or under or on one of his installations. Or maybe you have watched one or more of his documentaries. Perhaps you joined us two years ago when we gathered to discuss his first memoir, 1000 Years of

CTA Day 2024: Stories of Asian Art: In Consideration of a Decolonial Narrative

Program Start Date: Mar 14 2024

Location: Seattle, WA

Teachers joined the Committee for Teaching About Asia (CTA) for CTA Day 2024 –  Stories of Asian Art: In Consideration of a Decolonial Narrative. This year, we headed to the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) to hear the stories of the SAAM collection and the curatorial decisions behind the make-up of the collection through a