Past programs

China’s Past: New Strategies for Teaching the Sources of Chinese Civilization

Program Start Date: Jul 25 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

China's Past

‘China’s Past: New Strategies for Teaching the Sources of Chinese Civilization’ covered a broad range of Chinese history including Confucius and the foundations of Chinese culture, the legacies of the Tang and Song dynasties, and the ways in which Chinese history is understood in China today. Particular attention was given to curriculum and resources for teachers of grades 3-8.

Japan and the West: From First Encounters to Contemporary Global Issues

Program Start Date: Jul 11 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

Japan and the West

‘Japan and the West’ focused on points of intersection between Japan, Europe, and America from their first encounters to the present. It wove together visual art with primary and secondary source texts in order to explore historical change and continuity from multiple perspectives. Several connections to US History were drawn.

Teaching Korea’s History and Culture

Program Start Date: May 24 2016

Location: Anchorage, AK

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This Anchorage School District Summer Academy course explored the essential elements of Korean culture and the historical forces that have shaped the fates and the destinies of the people who live on the Korean peninsula today. Emphasis was given to pedagogical approaches for the classroom.

‘The Sun Gods’ book discussion with author Jay Rubin

Program Start Date: May 24 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

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K12 teachers participated in an evening of discussion and conversation with author and translator Jay Rubin. As one of the foremost English-language translators of Japanese literature, he is best known for his numerous translations of novels by Haruki Murakami including ‘The Wind Up Bird Chronicle’ and the first two books of ‘1Q84.’ He published his novel ‘The Sun Gods’ last year…

‘Skills of the Ninja’ teacher workshop

Program Start Date: May 5 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

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In films and animated movies, ninjas are invested with superhuman powers and exhibit impressive skills, but what about the ninjas who actually existed? K-12 teachers participated in a workshop in conjunction with the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas’ “Skills of the Ninja” lecture-presentation by Professor Yuji Yamada of Mie University.

China, Japan and Korea: Literature for the 3-12 Classroom

Program Start Date: Mar 26 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

China, Japan and Korea - Literature for the 3-12 Classroom

In this three part workshop, teachers examined East Asia through the prism of children’s and young adult literature, both fiction and non-fiction. Using a cross section of literary genres within a range of historical periods and cultural contexts, teachers accomplished the following:

China on the World Stage

Program Start Date: Feb 25 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

China on world stage

Aside from being the most populated country in the world, China is a manufacturing and exporting powerhouse of machinery and technology. Despite China’s GDP—which has been growing an average of 10% each year—China has come to the forefront of global politics for both its deteriorating manufacturing sector and its urgent environmental crisis. Why is China’s manufacturing sector so crucial to the global economy?

Write about Asia — Sites of Meaning: Caring for Asia’s Cultural Heritage

Program Start Date: Jan 30 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

Asian cultural heritage

“Sites of Meaning: Caring for Asia’s Cultural Heritage” investigated current conservation work at important architectural, art, and historical sites in Asia, and how these projects include new technologies, sustainability, and community development. Preserving exceptional architectural, historic and art sites of the past is ever more complex, with pressures from rapid urban development, environmental considerations, and more.

Religions and Religious Belief in Early East Asian History

Program Start Date: Jan 25 2016

Location: Boise, ID

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This course explored the religious foundations of much of Asia’s cultures and societies. It looked at the doctrinal foundations (including sacred texts) and societal implications for indigenous religions (such as Shinto and Folk Religions) as well as the world religions (Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity) that came to profoundly affect East Asia.

Exploring China through the Experiences of its Millennial Generation

Program Start Date: Jan 20 2016

Location: Bellingham and Tacoma, WA

Exploring China through the experiences of its Millennial Generation

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? In order to tackle this enormous topic, this seminar zoomed in on the changing role, behavior and expectations of the millennial generation in both urban and rural China.