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Write About Asia Winter 2019


“Write about Asia” is offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series.  Each Saturday (with the exception on February 23), there will be a lecture followed by a writing workshop which will be facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts.

Each Saturday, educators will attend the public lecture from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and then meet for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.  During the workshop, time is given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop will nurture educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.  Priority will be given to full-time K12 teachers.   Teachers must sign up for and attend two or more lectures in the application below.  Spaces are limited.

This upcoming series is titled, “Roots of Culture: Essential Plants of Asia”.  This seven-part series will begin with “an arts approach to plants through a comparison of musical structures and trees. Then six talks each focus on cultures and histories of one type of plant. Their uses vary from garden ornamentals to craft, agriculture, fiber, and fruit.” (excerpt from the Gardner Center website)


JAN 19

The Harmonic Forest: Musical Structures Heard as Trees

Jovino Santos Neto, musician and biologist


JAN 26

The First Satyagraha: Gandhi’s Campaign Against Indigo Plantations in Early Twentieth Century India

Anand Yang, University of Washington



The Story of the Camellia

Nicholas Menzies, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens



Soybean Worlds

Jia-chen Fu, Emory University


FEB 16

Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta

Tariq Omar Ali, University of Illinois



Fruit Trees, Family Trees, and Landscape Change: The Durians of West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Nancy Lee Peluso, University of California, Berkeley



The Japanese Basket 1845–1958: Mirror of Modernity

Joe Earle, Former Director, Japan Society Gallery


Workshop details

Saturdays from January 19 to March 9 (no lecture on February 23)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium


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


Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  Current full-time K12 teachers will be given priority.

Register online

East Asia Resource Center

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