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China and Japan Between 1860 and 1912 (NCTA 2022 Seminar)

Between the years of 1860 and 1912 Japan and China went through tectonic shifts in every measurable category. Join Dr. Shelton Woods from Boise State University for an online seminar to explore this uniquely interesting and consequential period of history. Topics will include the Taiping Rebellion, China’s Self-Strengthening Movement, the Boxer Rebellion, the Sino-Japan War of 1894-95, the Meiji Restoration, the Russo-Japan War, and much more.

Participants will watch three lectures at their convenience each week beginning January 24, 2022 (approximately 35 minutes each), and there will also be about ninety minutes of work (reading and writing) each week, for a total of about 15 hours (plus an optional hour on Zoom on February 28, 2022).

Here’s an introductory video to learn more about this program, made by Professor Woods.

The seminar is offered to K-12 educators free of charge thanks to a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation to the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), and it is sponsored by the University of Washington’s East Asia Resource Center in partnership with Boise State University.


Participants will be expected to attend asynchronous online lectures three times a week beginning January 24 through February 28 (2022). There will also be one optional live event on February 28, 2022, from 4 PM to 6 PM Pacific Time.

Program Leader

Dr. Shelton Woods will lead this program. Dr. Woods is a Professor of East/Southeast Asian History at Boise State University.

Programs Benefits

  • Receive numerous books and classroom materials
  • Have access to 15 online lectures
  • Receive a $100 check for additional classroom resources
  • Receive 20 free WA OSPI clock hours
  • Gain a strong knowledge of Ancient China
  • Develop ideas for integrating East Asia into your teaching
  • Become a part of a national network of educators
  • Earn professional development college credit


This seminar is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email us at

East Asia Resource Center

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle WA, 98195-3650