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Write About Asia Winter 2020

Write about Asia was offered by the East Asia Resource 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 “What is Precious?” and explored arts that revealed ideas of what is precious, as well as precious ephemera and areas of knowledge that have been highly valued in different times and places in Asia, while expanding upon a theme in one of the Asian Art Museum’s newly reinstalled galleries. 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

FEB 1 2020

Out of the Dark: Banned Books in China

MAR 7 2020 –  Important: this session was canceled.

Workshop details

Dates: February 1, February 8, February 15, February 22, February 29, March 7, 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, and Asian Art Museum (beginning on Feb 15)

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


  • Free admission to the lecture.
  • Four free clock hours available for each workshop. Participation to a minimum of two workshops and fulfillment of online discussion prompts were required in order to obtain clock hours.