The spring-like weather makes staying inside challenging. Why not take your laptop outside and apply for some of the following opportunities which will help you learn and teach more about East Asia:
1. Tuesday, March 21, 6-7 PM Central Time: Five College Center for East Asian Studies is offering a FREE webinar on The Nuclear Family by Ari Beser. The author knew that in war, there is no such thing as “the truth”—each side has a version of their own to which they cling. Yet with one grandfather bearing the distinction as the only man to fly on both planes that carried the atomic bombs, and another grandfather with close ties to a survivor of these bombings, Beser decided to see if he could find a version of the truth somewhere in the middle. Register athttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8030959752877203972.
2. Thursday, March 23, 3-4 PM Central Time: Free webinar on Japan in 2017: Economic Outlook & Trends, Status of Abenomics and JETRO’s Role in Promoting Foreign Direct Investment from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO Chicago) will address Japan’s current economy and hopes for the future. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4356146703022465794.
3. Application deadline: Friday, March 31 for NCTA Summer Institute for K-12 educators on East Asian Philosophies and Religions: A Visual and Literary Introduction, July 24-28 presented by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington. This institute will explore philosophical and religious traditions that underlie East Asian belief systems and how these traditions evolved as they moved across space and time. By examining artworks and reading primary and secondary documents, participants will also identify resources for inclusion in the classroom. Cost is $200, but $300 stipend available to cover travel costs. For info and to apply, see https://jsis.washington.edu/earc/east-asian-philosophies-religions/.
4. Application deadline: Friday, March 31 for NCTA Summer Institute for classroom teachers in grades 2-8 on Neighborhoods in Japan: Learning and Teaching about Community through Stories, Videos, and Images, July 10-14 presented by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington. Participants will learn about multiple characteristics and ways of life in a variety of Japanese neighborhoods, compare Japanese and U.S. neighborhoods, consider how neighborhoods contribute to a sense of identity and belonging, and more. Cost is $200, but $300 stipend available to cover travel costs. For info and to apply, seehttps://jsis.washington.edu/earc/neighborhoods-japan/.
5. Application deadline: Monday, April 3 for NCTA and Five Colleges Early Elementary Program for PreK-grade 3 teachers, librarians, and literacy coaches onDoors to the World: East Asia Summer Institute, July 9-14 to be held at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Participants in this 30-hour program will examine diversity and representation in global children’s literature about and/or from China, Japan, and Korea. Participants will consider the histories and cultures of these nations to contextualize selected children’s books. Cost is $100, but housing and most meals provided, plus $500 stipend to cover travel and other great benefits. See: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/partnership/doors-to-the-world.
y. Application deadline: Saturday, April 1 for K-12 teachers and teacher educators, curriculum specialists and developers, a conference on Emerging Issues in East Asia: Teaching in Changing Times. April 6-9 in Washington DC. This FREE conference sponsored by the Korean War Legacy Foundation will cover key issues in East Asia today, including the South China Sea, North Korea, and South Korea’s democratization. Participants must pay for transportation, but other hotel and meals and other costs are covered. Register at http://koreanwarlegacy.org/conference/.
Kansas City Opportunities:
1. Application deadline June 1st for the Master’s Degree Program in Contemporary East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas for Fall 2017 admission. To learn more, please visit http://ceas.ku.edu/degrees or contact Center for East Asian Studies Assistant Director, Ayako Mizumura (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Food is an excellent gateway to the study of other cultures. There are many online resources for East Asia. Start with chopsticks,https://www.pearlsbuck.org/document.doc?id=312 and then delve into the particular foodways of East Asia. Here are a few websites to get you started:
For China: http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/food-chinese-culture andhttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/dining/26nixon.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion
For Japan: http://resources.primarysource.org/content.php?pid=278945&sid=2297717 andhttp://aboutjapan.japansociety.org/resources/content/3/0/2/5/documents/recipes(1).pdf
For Korea: http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/wonderful-world-korean-food andhttp://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/wonderful-world-korean-food-kimchi andhttp://www.koreasociety.org/images/pdf/KoreanStudies/Curriculum_Materials/LessonsbyTopic/Culture/A_Korean_Meal_Teaching_Confucian_Manners_Through_Dining_Etiquette.pdf
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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