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Image, Text, and Language at the Intersection of Cultures – East Asia and Beyond (NCTA Online Seminar)

Image credit: Makino Tadakiyo, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

This four-session online seminar explored the relationship between image, text, and language in East Asia and beyond. Each week we examined different genres such as woodblock prints, scrolls, manga, and multimedia expressions from an interdisciplinary approach to consider shifting language-text traditions and practices. Themes and topics included nature, religion, intercultural exchange, and adaptation. Participants completed and developed creative activities, which they could use in the classroom to help students use images and text in combination to express ideas and explain the world.

Program details and requirements

This program consisted of 20 total hours of online meetings and homework. Participants committed to attend all 4 online sessions and complete the assigned homework in order to receive the program benefits. The sessions took place on:

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 4:30-6:30 PM (PST)
Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 4:30-6:30 PM (PST)
(no meeting on 4/12: virtual work only)
Wednesday, April 19 2023, 4:30-6:30 PM (PST)
Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 4:30-6:30 PM (PST)

Program benefits

  • 20 free WA OSPI clock hours
  • Books and online resources chosen by the program leaders

Program leaders

Melanie King, Art Historian and EARC Program Leader

Dr. Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, and Mansfield Fellow, University of Montana


This seminar was 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 was sponsored by the University of Washington’s East Asia Resource Center in partnership with Boise State University.