Past programs

East Asian Author Study Workshop: Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction

Program Start Date: Jan 10 2015

Location: Seattle, WA

East Asian Author Study

This East Asian Author Study workshop explored the intersection between literature and culture. Teachers of grades K-12 gained new ideas, resources, and approaches to examine the culture and literature of China, Japan, and Korea. Each participant in the East Asian Author Study chose an author appropriate for the grade level they teach and read and studied that author independently over the course of a month.

Book Club — Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the 21st Century

Program Start Date: Nov 5 2014

Location: Bellingham and Seattle, WA

Wealth and Power banner

Before meeting, teachers read Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century by Orville Schell and John Delury, published in 2013 by Random House. Through a series of absorbing portraits of iconic modern Chinese leaders and thinkers, two of today’s foremost specialists on China provide a panoramic narrative of this country’s rise to preeminence that is at once analytical and personal.

Write About Asia — New Worlds of Science: The Heritage of East Asia

Program Start Date: Sep 27 2014

Location: Seattle, WA

Saturday University: What is Chinese in Chinese Medicine?

‘New Worlds of Science: The Heritage of East Asia’ was offered in conjunction with the Saturday University lecture series at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Educators attended public lectures and then met for a writing workshop with Mary Barber Roberts. During the workshop, time was given to solitary writing in the art galleries in response to the morning lecture. The group then reconvened to share working drafts.

Aki Matsuri Teacher Workshop

Program Start Date: Sep 6 2014

Location: Bellevue, WA

Aki Matsuri

K-12 teachers were invited to participate in a half-day workshop at the 2014 Aki Matsuri (Japanese Fall Festival) on the Bellevue College campus. The workshop drew on festival themes and current issues and was designed to share creative ideas for teaching about Japanese culture, past and present.

Teaching about China and Japan in Your Classroom

Program Start Date: Jul 28 2014

Location: Seattle, WA

Teaching about China and Japan Edo Street Craft

This seminar focused on integrating essential knowledge about China and Japan into geography, history, language arts, and art units. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were addressed as we developed sample activities and explored ways to integrate content.

Artists Respond to 20th Century East Asian History and Culture

Program Start Date: Jul 7 2014

Location: Seattle, WA


‘Artists Respond’ explored the events of the turbulent 20th century from the perspective of visual artists from China, Japan and Korea. Throughout this period of great conflict, arts have been employed and mobilized to reflect the ever-changing political, economic, and social landscape of East Asia.

East Asia: Great Traditions and Modern Transformations

Program Start Date: Jun 23 2014

Location: Ashland, OR

Great wall of China and little boy

The seminar offered sessions on the history and culture of China, Japan, and Korea–traditional and modern–plus demonstrations of nationally recognized curriculum resources for teaching about East Asia.