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Through a Lens: Exploring Contemporary China Through Film, Documentary and Social Media, PART TWO* (NCTA 2022 Seminar)

5/1/2021 Update: this program is now at capacity and we interested applicants will be waitlisted. See bottom of the page for details.

Journey all across China without the stress of packing, buying a transpacific ticket, jet-lag – not to mention travel restrictions. You will not have to worry about figuring out the Beijing subway system or standing in long lines to see Xian’s terra cotta soldiers.

*Whether you attended our 2021 China film seminar class earlier this year – or not – consider joining fellow teachers for this winter on-line program.  We will watch and discuss a new group of films and explore corresponding contemporary social issues. We will travel to China without leaving our seats. While the geography, culture, economics, politics, religions and philosophies of China seem more than an ocean away, Chinese documentaries, films, and social media can make this complex country—with its long history and mind-boggling present—more accessible to you and your students. Together we will grapple with the complex issues of globalization, environmental concerns, migrant labor, urban demolition/urban construction, China’s changing rural landscape, the generation gap, human rights, political and economic reform.

We will not only share films and clips from a wide variety of documentaries and films, but also lesson plans/discussion ideas that correspond with these films. Our goal is to assist educators at all levels in finding documentaries/films for learning and teaching about China.

Participants are expected to watch designated films on their own and then attend four mandatory Zoom sessions (2 hours each) to discuss the film/corresponding resources and share teaching ideas, and will receive  an online resource packet that includes an annotated list of documentaries and films for classroom use with guiding questions and lesson plans, free copies of books selected by the program leader, and a stipend to cover the film rentals or streaming fees.

This seminar will be led by Tese Wintz Neighbor.

This seminar is 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).


Participants can decide to sign up either for the Wednesday sessions (Group 1) or for the Thursday sessions (Group 2).

Update: the Wednesday session is now full. Please keep in mind that there are spaces available only for the Thursday sessions (Group 2).

Group 1 – Wednesday-at-the movies: January 19, February 16, March 2 & 16, 2022, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM (Pacific Time) 

Group 2 – Thursday-at-the movies: January 20, February 17, March 3 & 17, 2022, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)


All four classes are mandatory. Educators will receive 20 clock hours for their 8-9 hours of film study, 8 hours of class attendance and completion of a final project. After successfully attending each class and completing a short project, teachers will receive a check for $100 to order books or films on China topics of their choice, along with a selection of books on topics discussed in the seminar. Teachers who have a conflict with a class date must attend the corresponding session that same week to complete the course and receive the stipend.

Benefits for completing the seminar

  • 20 free WA OSPI Clock Hours
  • Online resource packet
  • Selection of books chosen by the program leader
  • $100 stipend to order additional material


This program is now full. If you are interested in being waitlisted, please send us an email at



East Asia Resource Center

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