Past programs

East Asian Futurisms: Exploring Speculative Fiction’s Commentaries on Power, Identity, and Society

Program Start Date: Aug 2 2022

Location: Online

Science fiction often highlights competing ideologies, dreams, and provides subversive commentary on political issues.  These stories also raise questions of which bodies are marked as “other” by categorization and placement in hierarchies, and/or understood as human. Geared towards secondary teachers, this online seminar offered an introduction to political, cultural, and social challenges represented in East

Write About Asia: 2021 Freeman Award Winners

Program Start Date: Jul 13 2022

Location: Online

Write About Asia: 2021 Freeman Award Winners (online) 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 sponsor the annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature.  The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to

Sacred Spaces and Experiences

Program Start Date: Jul 11 2022

Location: Online

Top left: ‘Sakamoto and the Monks of Hieizan’. Photo: Andrew William   Top right: “VITRIFIED” (2018) Etsuko Ichikawa. Photo: Peter Kuhnlein   Bottom left: ‘A Walk among 1,200 Buddhas’. Photo: Andrew William   Bottom right: ‘Broken Poems of Fireflies’ (2020) Etsuko Ichikawa. Photo: Alec Miller Program dates and times: Monday, July 11th to Thursday, July 14th  Curated and

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by Ai Weiwei (2021) Online Book Club

Program Start Date: Jun 28 2022

Location: Online

Tuesday, June 28th from 4:30PM to 6:30PM (PDT)   or Thursday, June 30th from 4:30PM to 6:30PM (PDT) Many know Ai Weiwei as China’s most controversial and perhaps most dangerous artist.   As we see from his documentaries or through his accessible installations that can be walked on, around or under, Ai Weiwei continues breaking boundaries to create thought

Exploring Asian Art: Storytelling, Identity, and Spirituality

Program Start Date: Jun 24 2022

Location: Seattle Asian Art Museum

Dates: Friday, June 24th to Sunday, June 26th (three-day workshop) Location: In-person at the Seattle Asian Art Museum  This workshop was held at the recently renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum where educators found themed galleries that intersperse works from different regions, as well as from ancient to contemporary times. While the South Galleries feature art in

Mongolia Today: Modern Culture and Foreign Relations

Program Start Date: May 31 2022

Location: Online

Program date: Tuesday, May 31st Online program 4:30PM to 6:30PM (PDT)  Azjargal Amarsanaa presented an introduction to contemporary Mongolia, allowing for a timely discussion about the challenges and opportunities it faces in a shifting geopolitical landscape. Speaker  Azjargal was University of Washington’s 2021-22 Fulbright Mongolian Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA).  Originally from Murun in Northern

Who’s Who in Civil Rights and Community Activism in Asian American History

Program Start Date: May 24 2022

Location: Online

Program date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Who’s Who in Civil Rights and Community Activism in Asian American History In celebration of national Asian Pacific Heritage Month and with reference to the new book, Asian American Workers Rising – APALA’s Struggle to Transform the Labor Movement (2021), we heard Washington State senator, Bob Hasegawa and retired regional director

*Almost* American: A Book Chat and Zine-Making Workshop

Program Start Date: May 17 2022

Location: Online

Program date: Tuesday, May 17th This online workshop opened with conversation about teachable moments in Robin Ha’s Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir— e.g. isolation immigrants experience when overcoming culture shock and adjusting to a new language, school, employment, and social life.  After the discussion, the group created a personal identity zine page together while discussing ways

Implications of the War in the Ukraine for China

Program Start Date: Apr 28 2022

Location: Online program

Implications of the War in the Ukraine for China (online program) Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022 Educators heard regional expert David Bachman, Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies, and former chair of the China Studies Program speak about this current topic in light of China’s perspective, position and

“Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka: Understanding Early 20th Century Japanese Migration and Racism Abroad

Program Start Date: Apr 19 2022

Location: Online

This online bookclub explored the primary sources and stories of the women in Buddha in the Attic and comparisons with the case of Japanese immigration to Brazil was also discussed.  Participants grappled together with the complex issues of economic migration, racism, cultural transformation, labor, and war. This program was open and free to all in-service and