The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Rooster is now underway. Chinese lore cautions that this is not the year to rush about without a plan. We need good habits to keep us productive especially during potentially uncertain times. Hopefully, teaching and learning more about East Asia is part of your plan. Please read on for ways to do this.
1. February 15 – March 28: Asia for Educators and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at Columbia University is offering a FREE online book discussion on The Story of Vietnam: From Prehistory to Present by Professor Shelton Woods. The six sessions will cover the politics and war, society and economics, culture and relationships of Vietnam in a globally connected world. Twelve PD hours are available. Register at http://asiaforeducators.org.
2. Tuesday, February 28, 6-7 PM Central Time: Five College Center for East Asian Studies is offering a FREE webinar on Sake, Sushi and Soft Power by Professor Lauren McKee from Berea College. The webinar with explore Japanese foods (washoku) with its regional influences, as a UNESCO intangible cultural property, and as a global soft power. Register athttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2872355758413758466
3. Application deadline Wednesday, March 1: Primary Source’s three week summer institute (July 2-21) for teachers of history, English language arts, music/art, world language on Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the World in the Twentieth Century, will complement and challenge traditional history to present a thorough and nuanced account of American foreign relations, focusing on Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. A generous $2700 stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities can be used to cover accommodations at Simmons College in downtown Boston, plus meals and travel. See http://resources.primarysource.org/foreignexchanges for details.
4. Application deadline Monday, March 20: US Dept. of State will provide a year-long professional development opportunity for 80 elementary, and middle, and high school teachers to globalize teaching and learning in their classrooms during its Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program. Upon successful completion of an online course, participants attend a Global Education Symposium in Washington, DC and then travel abroad on a 2‐3 week international fellowship with a cohort of other U.S. teachers. They may also apply for grant funding for international projects in their own school. See https://www.irex.org/project/teachers-global-classrooms-program-tgcfor information and application.
5. Application deadline Friday, March 30: The Foreign Policy Association seeks high-school teachers to take part in its annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute, June 26-30 in New York City. Participants in Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the World in the Twentieth Century will strengthen their ability to teach global affairs, explore ways to expand international studies in the classroom, build professional support networks, and develop International Studies curricula. NO FEE for the program, accommodations, or meals; travel expenses up to $300 are reimbursed. More info and application are at http://www.fpa.org/features/index.cfm?act=feature&announcement_id=146.
Kansas City Area Opportunities:
1. Monday, February 27 at 6:00 PM: Heart of America Japan America Society (HAJAS) invites you to a FREE Reception and Business Speakers Event: Japan & the U.S. in the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO with light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and coffee. International business leaders Kunio Watanabe of Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd., President & CEO, and Dr. William Farrell, adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval War College. will speak on “Connecting Markets East and West: Mutual Growth through Partnership” and “US Japan Relations: Transition to the Trump Presidency” respectively. Watanabe and Farrell will share information and insights about the relationship of Japan and America that affect us all in today’s world. A question and answer session will follow their presentations. Register at http://kcjas.org/ by clicking on “Event Calendar” then “Speaker’s Event.”
2. The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is once again offering its FREE docent-led tours of its popular Chinese collection for 6-12th graders. By examining authentic primary sources, students will be exposed to the philosophical, artistic, and technological accomplishments of Chinese civilization. Sign up at http://www.nelson-atkins.org/educators/school-programs/school-tours/chinese-collection-tour/.
1. Asia Matters for America from the East-West Center (www.AsiaMattersforAmerica.org) has a new online resource on US-Asia Pacific relations under the Trump Administration (http://www.asiamattersforamerica.org/asia/the-trump-administration-and-us-asia-pacific-relations). The Asia Pacific region is critical for America in terms of trade and investment, security, immigration/Asian-Americans, and social, educational, and cultural exchanges at the national, state, and local levels. Now you can find out more at one convenient website!
2. For high school seniors preparing for life beyond graduation—perhaps for university, a gap year, or technical school—they may appreciate a little perspective via their peers’ education trajectory in China. Chelsea Shieh, a senior at Columbia University in New York, offers some observations about the oldest education system in the world that you and your students will find interesting. See http://asiasociety.org/china-learning-initiatives/chinas-education-system-oldest-world.
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Cheers from Nancy
Nancy F. Hope
Assoc. Director, Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd. Room 201
Lawrence, KS 66045