Past programs

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.

Japan Beyond the Samurai: History and Culture for the Classroom

Program Start Date: Jan 9 2018

Location: Missoula, MT

This free evening workshop held on January 9, 2018 focused on modern Japanese history and culture for current and pre-service middle and high school teachers and librarians, and was offered at the University of Montana, Missoula.

During this workshop, teachers discussed how to connect students’ interest and knowledge of Japanese popular culture (anime and manga) with larger historical events and developments from the nineteenth century and beyond. Lectures detailed the end of the samurai, the shifting urban/rural divide, and related cultural developments within the context of war and peace. The workshop also introduced teaching ideas and activities to help students explore historical connections between Japan and Montana including mining, development, and agriculture.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference 2017

Program Start Date: Nov 19 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA

East Asia Resource Center seminar leaders Mary Roberts, Tese Wintz Neighbor and EARC Director Mary Bernson presented at the annual NCSS conference in San Francisco from November 17-19, 2017. The conference was well attended, allowing educators the opportunity to exchange knowledge, resources and best practices with one another.

Washoku: Japanese cuisine, identity and heritage

Program Start Date: Oct 7 2017

Location: Bellevue, WA

K-12 teachers participated in a half-day workshop on Saturday, October 7th at the 2017 Japan Festival. Presented by the University of Washington’s East Asia Resource Center, the workshop drew on cultural themes and current issues and was designed to share creative ideas for teaching about Japanese culture, past and present.  Teachers enjoyed their Japanese box lunches in the classroom after the workshop.

Write About Asia Fall 2017 series

Program Start Date: Oct 7 2017

Location: Seattle, WA

Waterscapes: Imagery and Environment in Asia”.  Participants dipped “into a variety of waterscapes -past and present- as speakers explored complex meanings, cultural traditions, and contemporary environmental issues.

East Asian Philosophies and Religions: A Visual and Literary Introduction

Program Start Date: Jul 24 2017

Location: Seattle, WA

East Asian Philosophies and Religions: A Visual and Literary Introduction explored the key philosophical and religious traditions that underlie East Asian belief systems, historically as well as in the present. Our course of study focused on the emergence of Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto within their original contexts, but also considered how these traditions evolved as they moved across space and time. We examined art and literature to familiarize ourselves with each tradition’s associated doctrines, objects and places of worship, and practices. As we analyzed these sources, we paid special attention to the impacts of cultural transmission, both on the traditions themselves and East Asian cultures they influenced.