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Write About Asia Fall 2019

Courtesy of the Dunhuang Academy; photo: Wu Jian

“Camel caravans on the network of Eurasian trade routes known as the Silk Road are a somewhat misleading cliché. But the mixing of different cultures, religions, and languages through multiple networks of both overland and maritime trade still fascinates and inspires. ” — excerpt from the Gardner Center website.

Write about Asia was offered by the East Asia Resource Center and the South Asia Center at the University of Washington in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas.  This series was titled “Silk Roads Past and Present: Ancient Afghan Treasure to China’s Belt & Road Initiative“.  The workshop Write About Asia was offered following each public lecture lecture and facilitated by Mary Roberts.

Educators attended the public lecture from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and then met for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.  During the workshop, time was given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop nurtured educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.  Priority was given to full-time K12 teachers.

Lecture titles

OCT 12

The Begram Hoard of Afghanistan

OCT 19

Picturing the Buddha’s Last Moment

OCT 26

Goods, Ships, and Cultural Diversity


Buddhist Art of Medieval China


Zoroastrian and Manichean Arts 

JAN 11

Silk and Fashion in Tang Dynasty 

JAN 18

China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Workshop details

Dates: October 12, October 19, October 26, November 2, December 7, 2019; January 11, January 18, 2020. A commitment to attend a minimum of two workshops was required in order to obtain clock hours.

Time: 11.30 AM  to 2:00 PM, following the University Lecture Series public lecture from 10.00 AM to 11.30 PM.

Location: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium

Important: Participation to the public lecture was mandatory and free for Write About Asia participants.


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours available for attending each workshop and fulfilling online discussion requirements.


Click here to apply to Write About Asia.