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Celebrating Identity: Teaching Empathy and Understanding using Cultural Celebrations of the New Year

Created in partnership between the Wing Luke Museum and the Henry M. Jackson School South East Asia Center, this teacher training centered around the voices of Asian Americans who shares stories of the holidays that they celebrate and how the holidays continue the connection to their heritage.

Teachers joined a two-part program during which ways to bring the curriculum into the elementary classroom were shared, and a historical and contextual framework for Asian and Pacific Islander immigration into America was provided.

This seminar was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), and in partnership with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Henry M. Jackson School South East Asia Center.


Rahul Gupta is Director of Education and Tours at the Wing Luke Museum for the past 7+ years. His efforts have moved the educational work of the museum toward utilizing dialogic engagement, emphasizing the power of oral history and storytelling, and enhancing the immersive experience for Social Studies, ELA, Arts, and SEL students.

Maya Hayashi, the Education Specialist at the Wing Luke Museum, will speak about her family’s Japanese American traditions, her work in developing the curriculum as well as providing historical context to Asian American history. She has been working with students and youth at the Wing for the past seven years.

Julie Kang is theDirector of Professional & Continuing Education at the College of Education, Seattle University. With 30 years of P-20 teaching and leadership experience, Dr. Julie Kang, NBCT connects theory to practice. Her research and teaching focuses on multilingual learners, cultural sustaining pedagogy and professional learning for educators.

Dates and Times

This was a two-part program with sessions on:

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM (Pacific Time).

Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM (Pacific Time).

Program Benefits

  • 4 WA OSPI clock hours were offered to participants who attended both sessions.
  • Online resources


This program was free and open to current, in-service teachers of all grades and subjects. The program was designed for elementary school teachers in particular.