Past programs

Write About Asia – Islam Across Asia: Art Practices/Cultural Politics

Program Start Date: Jan 28 2017

Location: Seattle, WA

The Winter 2017 series was titled “Islam Across Asia: Art Practices/Cultural Politics” and is inspired by the fact that a majority of the world’s Muslim population lives in Asia. “This is an opportune time to explore diversity among their communities. Our series provides historical, cultural, and contemporary perspectives on Islam and the arts, from Central Asia to Indonesia” (description excerpted from the Gardner Center Website).

Mao’s China: 1949-1976

Program Start Date: Jan 23 2017

Location: Boise, ID

Between 1949 and 1976 the Chinese experienced unprecedented joys and sorrows. Many of these experiences were rooted in the policies and personality of one man—Mao Zedong. This seminar invited Boise-area teachers to carefully examine the secondary and primary sources related to Mao’s rule over China with the guidance of Professor Shelton Woods.

China Matters: Understanding China in the 21st Century

Program Start Date: Jan 19 2017

Location: Snohomish, WA

China matters

Since Mao’s death and Deng Xiaoping’s nationwide experiment with “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” Chinese society has gone through dramatic changes. How can we wrap our heads around these ongoing changes, and then convey the pace, scale and implications to our students? How can we explore global themes such as nationalism, migration, urbanization, economic development, civil society, and sustainability, using China as an example?

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference

Program Start Date: Dec 2 2016

Location: Washington DC

EARC seminar leader Tese Wintz Neighbor and EARC Assistant Director Yurika Kurakata presented “Asia Matters: What Your Students Need to Know” at the annual NCSS conference in Washington DC. Eight other NCSS sessions also related to East Asia at the conference. Find information about them here.

What You Need to Know about Japan Since 1945

Program Start Date: Nov 5 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

Designed for K-12 educators who want a deeper and more thorough understanding of Japan today, “What You Need to Know about Japan Since 1945” will covered the ramifications of the American occupation, the rebuilding of Japan, the miraculous growth followed by the lost decade and finally, how the past continues to affect the country today.

Episodes in Cultural Exchange

Program Start Date: Oct 24 2016

Location: Seattle, WA


The third of three workshops in the Teaching with East Asian Art series, this workshop looked at three episodes highlighting key moments of cultural exchange and transmission in East Asian history: the Silk Road , the influence of European art on East Asian art and vice versa during the mid-late eighteenth century, and the manner in which culture is exported and consumed today in the form of popular culture.

Global Asia: Turning Points in Modern Asian History

Program Start Date: Oct 18 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

Newspapers in Education Map

The Asia Centers and the Center for Global Studies of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington presented ‘Global Asia: Turning Points in Modern Asian History,’ their 2016 Newspapers In Education series and workshop at this evening workshop. The workshop featured multiple presentations by the article authors.

A Visual Introduction to East Asian Philosophies and Religions

Program Start Date: Oct 17 2016

Location: Seattle, WA


The second of three workshops in the Teaching with East Asian Art series, this workshop explored approaches to teaching Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, and Buddhism, utilizing visual expressions from each tradition. The basic tenets of each belief system were discussed in conjunction with images, providing concepts and images ready to use in your classroom.

Introduction to East Asian Art in the K-12 Classroom

Program Start Date: Oct 10 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

Korean Dragon

The first of three workshops in the Teaching with East Asian Art series. Teachers interested in using art with their students explored approaches to incorporating visual culture and art historical concepts suitable for use in the K-12 classroom. This workshop served as an introduction to art history, presented in tandem with approaches to using East Asian art in your classroom.

Write about Asia — Tea Times: Cultures, Commerce, and Conflict

Program Start Date: Oct 1 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

2016 WAA Culture and Preparation of Tea

The Seattle Asian Art Museum’s fall 2016 lecture series was titled “Tea Times: Cultures, Commerce, and Conflict.” Teachers attended the public lectures, in which a series of eight scholars discussed the ‘wild plants, distinct pleasures, and imperial exploitation’ that shaped the long story of tea. After the lectures, teachers met for a writing workshop facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts.