Dear KCTA educators:
Though I’m off to the deserts of western China on the NCTA study tour of the Silk Road Monday, I want to share the following ways to learn more about East Asia this summer.
1. Education about Asia has made its archive of articles (1996 to 2008) available for FREE download just by registering at http://www.asian-studies.org/EAA/EAA-Archives-Login.asp. You already are familiar with Robert McCall’s article on the nine regions of China; explore the archive and find others like it such as the special issue on Marriage in East Asia (Spring 2008: Volume 13, Number 1). I also subscribe to get current issues of this great magazine.
2. Pat Stratton (202 alum) recommends the Chinese Lantern exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis on view till August 26th. She says, “It was fabulous and worth the trip.” For details see: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/things-to-do/events/special-exhibitions/lantern-festival.aspx. (THANKS for sharing Pat!!)
3. SPICE curriculum from Stanford University, multidisciplinary units on international themes for K-14 students, has several new offerings including one on the ongoing migration of Chinese to the city. They also have FREE online resources such as a video-on-demand on the Chinese language and the Terra Cotta Army (http://spice.stanford.edu/events/recording/6596/1/536). Take a look around the SPICE website (http://spice.stanford.edu/) and let me know if you find other resources you liked.
4. China’s three astronauts including Liu Yang, their first woman in space, returned from the international space station today (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-china-space-shenzhoubre85s08m-20120628,0,2084523.story). China has big dreams; they want to have their own space station by 2020. Will China follow the trajectory of America and become more democratic as they achieve such goals? See Ian Bremmer’s analysis of the situation for the Asia Society (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RDBKSZNnYLg) to begin thinking about this.
5. Susan Nakao (2004 alum) is the co-translator of a recently published children’s book from Japan. Tower of Light by Takuzo Yoshimura is the story of Tairiku Teshimawho discovers a 1000-year old firefly keeping careful watch over the activities of the world. It colorfully illustrates the panoramic works of nature that appear in front of the hero’s eyes, a fantastic world young readers will enjoy. The book is available through L.H. USA Publishers (firstname.lastname@example.org) for $20. (Congratulations Susan!!)
6. Asia for Educators and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at Columbia University are offering three more FREE online professional development sessions this summer. Sessions will be on the Geography of East Asia (July 23-27), East Asia in World History: Foundations 3000 BCE to 300 CE (July 16-20) East Asia in World History: 1750-1919 (July 30-August 3). Please tell your colleagues about this great opportunity to learn more about East Asia from the experts for FREE. Go tohttp://www.asiaforeducators.org/ to create a FREE moodle account and register.
KCTA E-News is an e-communication of Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia; we welcome your news, and/or recommendations for materials or events. Let me hear from you!
Cheers from Nancy,
Nancy F. Hope
Assoc. Director, Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Assoc. Director for Special Projects, Confucius Institute
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd. Room 201
Lawrence, KS 66045