Past programs

Write About Asia: 2019 Freeman Award Winners

Program Start Date: Aug 25 2020

Location: Online program

  This workshop was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and was facilitated by Mary Roberts. The online workshop allowed teachers

Continuity and Change in Japan Post-3.11

Program Start Date: Aug 13 2020

Location: Online program

Participants joined in conversation with the University of Washington’s Justin Jesty, Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Literature who introduced some of major topics and trends of the past 10 years in Japan. The 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, and the 2021 Olympics were major focal points. We also discussed domestic and global politics and social

Okinawa: Environment, History and Peace Movements

Program Start Date: Aug 12 2020

Location: Online program

  In this online workshop, we addressed the long history of US military bases in Okinawa and the Okinawan peoples’ struggles for peace and environmental preservation as we highlighted civic engagement across borders. This program was lead by Stan Shikuma and Tracy Lai with Melanie King assisting as facilitator. Stan Shikuma is a taiko performer, composer and

Depopulation and Degrowth in Japan, post-1990

Program Start Date: Aug 10 2020

Location: Online program

  Participants joined for an opportunity to meet with the University of Washington’s Justin Jesty, Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Literature who introduced how Japan’s shrinking population and low-growth economy affect contemporary society. We  learned about trends since the 1990s and forecasts for the future, with particular attention to how they impact different places,

Teaching from Contemporary Asian Art: Student-Centered Engagement Strategies

Program Start Date: Aug 6 2020

Location: Online Program

  What does an image tell us about the artist’s point of view? How do contemporary Asian artists integrate cultural histories into their practices? How can educators encourage students to share their perspectives, as well as connect art to issues that affect their families and communities? In partnership with the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), this

A Resilient Spirit: The stories, experiences, and legacy of Hawai’i’s WWII Detention Camp

Program Start Date: Aug 5 2020

Location: Online Program

  Participants joined us for an incredible opportunity to learn about Honouliuli, Hawai’i’s largest and longest operating World War II internment center from Jane Kurahara, one of the key leaders in re-discovering and preserving this important site and Sandi Chang, granddaughter of internee Sam Nishimura. Our presenters introduced us to the history of Honouliuli, shared their

Online Book Club, “The Housekeeper and the Professor”

Program Start Date: Jul 1 2020

Location: Online program

  Participants explored a beautiful, elegant novel that is considered a classic piece of modern day Japanese literature, and was awarded the prestigious 2004 Yomiuri Prize. A best-seller and movie in Japan, Yoko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor is centered around the unique friendship between the “professor”, a mathematician whose memory only lasts 80 minutes, and

Keeping Informed as Teachers: What We Need to Know About Xinjiang Today

Program Start Date: Jun 11 2020

Location: Online program

This was a virtual program – instructions on how to join this meeting will be sent the day before the event. You have read the headlines: “The Chinese government has reportedly detained more than a million Muslims in reeducation camps.” Teachers joined us as we discussed the stories beyond the headlines and grapple with Xinjiang’s

Disillusionment, Dystopia, and Dreams: Insights from Three Contemporary East Asian Films

Program Start Date: Jun 9 2020

Location: Online program

This online course used three contemporary films (Parasite, Mountains May Depart, After the Storm)  to discuss issues of social and economic change in East Asia, focusing on time, class divisions, globalization, and family. This workshop was divided into two parts, with a discussion forum for each film on Moodle prior to the 1-hour live Zoom

Day of The Western Sunrise: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit for Teaching

Program Start Date: Jun 2 2020

Location: Online program

Teachers engaged in cross-curricular critical thinking opportunities in this online workshop that followed the process of creating and producing the modern animated documentary film Day of the Western Sunrise using traditional Japanese storytelling techniques. The program began with a brief background of the film presented by its director, Keith Reimink, who brought the story of