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Japan: Where We Are At

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About the “Where We Are At” Series

With a 24-hour uninterrupted, busy news cycle, it can be difficult to stay updated on East Asia and to grasp the relevance of the news we see. This online program series helps teachers with a recap of how China, Xinjiang, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan stand on the domestic and international stage, provides a summary and the specific context of what happened in each East Asian country in the last few months, and allows for a place for teachers to ask questions to a regional expert. Whether you closely follow East Asia or want to learn more about why you should be paying attention to it, this program is a great occasion to deepen your knowledge and understanding.

Teachers join the EARC staff and guest speakers from the faculty of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and other regional experts for a discussion on the contextual relevance of recent and current events.

This program was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

The sixth event of this series focused on Japan and was lead by Professor Robert Pekkanen.


Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Pacific Time.

Regional Expert

Robert Pekkanen is Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. Professor Pekkanen provided a summary of the latest updates on Japan, followed by a moderated Q&A session.


Two free WA OSPI clock hours were available for participants who requested them.