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K-12 East Asian Connection

Volume XVIII, Number 2

Spring/Summer 2016

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Theresa Kang
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Outreach Coordinator

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2012 NCTA Teaching about Asia Seminars

In the spring and summer of 2012 EASC conducted six National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars. Nearly 80 K-12 educators throughout the Midwest – in Chicago, IL; Urbana-Champaign, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, MI; Minneapolis, MN; and Cleveland, OH learned about the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Those who successfully completed the seminars received books, school resources, and stipends. For more information about upcoming NCTA seminars, please see the NCTA seminar Web page.

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2012 Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

In July, EASC hosted its 14th annual Freeman Foundation funded workshop on Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School on the IU Bloomington campus. Twenty-three high school English and world literature teachers from all corners of the country participated in an intensive week of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities, guided by the experience and knowledge of an exceptional group of East Asian scholars: Chinese literature specialist Gary Xu (EALC and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), China historian Yu Shen (History, IU Southeast), Japanese literature specialist Andra Alvis (independent scholar), Japan historian Yosuke Nirei (History, IU South Bend), and Korean literature and history specialist Sean Kim (History and Anthropology, University of Central Missouri).

Every afternoon Cecilia Boyce (English, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL), a curriculum consultant, led teaching strategy sessions to assist teachers in developing lesson plans for their classrooms. Not only did the participants attend lectures and discussions, but they also enjoyed cultural activities such as an ikebana session and Taiji practice, as well as screenings of East Asian films. As a final activity, participants used works such as Tsutsui Yasutaka’s “Standing Woman,” the epic Chinese tale Monkey, and the Korean novel Our Twisted Hero by Yu Munyol, to create syllabi designed to introduce high school students to the great possibilities of East Asian literature. For more information about the July 2012 workshop please click here.

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NCTA Completes Two National Study Tours

Four alumni of EASC’s National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminar program participated in two NCTA study tours this summer. Three of them, Brad Darnell (World History and Geography, Prairie Hills Junior High School, Markham, IL), Mary Davis (Social Studies, Chute Middle School, Evanston, IL), and Melanie Krob (World History, Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, LA), joined the two-week residential program at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, coordinated by the NCTA national site at the University of Pittsburgh. The residential program was a new format for NCTA. It provided an opportunity for K-12 educators to attend lectures on Chinese history, language and culture, visit postsecondary institutions, establish partnerships with Chinese schools and travel to cities such as Shanghai and Wuzhen, which provided valuable firsthand experience and a deeper understanding of both traditional and contemporary Chinese society. Learn more about the program here and see a roster of the participants here.

The last EASC NCTA alumni, Paul Swanson (Cultural Arts and Music, Harmony School, Bloomington, IN), joined eleven other educators from across the country in the one-month long NCTA Fulbright-Hays Group Project sponsored by the NCTA site at the Five College Center for East Asian Studies at Smith College. Centered upon the theme—“The Human and Physical Geography of Japan,” the study tour took the participants to ten Japanese cities, offering a chance for them to learn first-hand the geographical diversity and regional cultures in Japan. Each participant was required to complete a report on an assigned geography-related topic to share with fellow educators. Click here for further details. Read about Paul’s journal of the trip here.

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Two Summer Residential Programs at the NCTA Coordinating Site at the University of Colorado at Boulder

This summer, two alumni of EASC’s NCTA program, joined other social studies and science teachers from around the country for two residential programs hosted at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Carol E. Kirsch (Topeka, IN, 2010 NCTA seminar participant) participated in the program on “China: Environmental Issues and Challenges,” which focused on broad questions and case studies to help teachers consider how China can balance the goals of economic development and environmental protection. Larry Leonhardt (Indianapolis, IN, 1999 NCTA seminar participant) attended the other program on Japan. Titled “21st-Century Japan: Global Issues, Classroom Applications,” the program explored economic challenges, political reform, and social change in Japan, with special attention to Japan’s recovery from the 2011 “triple tragedy.”

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IU Chinese Flagship Center’s Flagship Chinese Institute

On June 3rd to July 27th, the Indiana University Chinese Flagship Center hosted its summer 2012 Flagship Chinese Institute (FCI) for university students of Mandarin Chinese at all levels.

40 students from Indiana University and around the country participated in this residential intensive immersion program, focused on providing one full year of college-level Mandarin Chinese instruction in just eight weeks. Individuals received six to eight hours of college credit while engaging in a full spectrum of active learning experiences and events. This program was funded with generous support from the IU College of Arts and Sciences and a grant from the national Language Flagship.

The Chinese Flagship Center
receives support and funding from the Language Flagship, which leads the nation in designing, supporting, and implementing a new paradigm for advanced language education.

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Chinese Instruction for Pre-K through 8th-Grade Students

This fall in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Global Change, IU’s Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy and EASC are sponsoring Chinese language classes for pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade students and their families in Bloomington. The classes take place at the Monroe County Public Library and on the IU Bloomington campus. The Chinese program is part of a larger project coordinated by the Center for the Study of Global Change—Bridges: Children, Languages, World—that also provides instruction in other less-commonly taught languages, such as Arabic, Mongolian, Dari, and Swahili. Find the class schedule for this fall here.

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Global Indiana’s East Asia-related Activities
Global Indiana’s “China Wave X” Trip

On October 17th, Global Indiana sponsored a Key Educational Leaders trip to China. The eight-day tour, known as “China Wave X,” was Global Indiana’s tenth such trip to China since 2006. Wave trips build partnerships between K-12 schools in Indiana and schools in Zhejiang Province, Indiana’s sister state in China. Joining this fall’s tour was Fort Wayne Community School representatives, including the principal from Fort Wayne North Side High School, who represented Fort Wayne in their sister city of Taizhou. Members of the sister city committee also joined this tour as the focus was to create five new partner schools in Taizhou. With five new partner schools, the total of Global Indiana’s Chinese partner schools will increase to 93. Gold Academy and Valley Mills Elementary School from the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township in Indianapolis also participated in this fall’s trip.

Global Indiana is a non-profit organization based in Indianapolis whose mission is to prepare Indiana students to participate successfully in the global community by infusing curriculum with a global perspective, promoting the study of global economics, and creating international travel and educational exchange opportunities.

K-12 educators interested in participating in future trips should contact Phil Boley, Executive Director of Global Indiana at or 317-370-5767.

Chinese Education Connection (CEC) & Global Indiana Working Together

Jessica Yu Chen, president of the Chinese Education Connection, and Global Indiana executive director Phil Boley have been working together to plan activities that will be beneficial to both organizations. Two such goals are an English/Chinese summer camp for central Indiana students and their Chinese guests as well as a long term exchange program for Chinese students. With Yu Chen’s connections to Chinese government official and Phil Boley’s contacts in Indiana, the cooperation of these two organizations is sure to be a fruitful endeavor that will bring innovative programs promoting international education to Indiana schools.

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The Five College Center for East Asian Studies offers free webinars on East Asia for K-12 educators. For more information and to register, click here or visit

An Interpretive History of Japan: Paradoxes in a Nation’s History. The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) announces the availability of a new Web-based curriculum that features six lectures by Stanford Professor Emeritus Daniel Okimoto, each with an accompanying lesson plan developed by SPICE. The curriculum is suitable for secondary and community college students. Details on the curriculum are available at A one-time access fee of $10 is charged.

The International Dunhuang Project. Do you teach about the Silk Road? Then check out The International Dunhuang Project, which offers a wealth of information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artifacts from Dunhuang and other archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road.

JAID (Japan Artists Information Directory). JAID is a database of information about performers and teachers of traditional Japanese performing arts based in the United States. Created by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, the JAID database is available online for organizations and individuals seeking information on performers and teachers of traditional Japanese performing arts. If you are an artist who would like to be listed in the database, contact JAID project staff at For more information, contact Anne Prescott at

The Korea Society, NYC, offers downloads of K-12 teacher resources: websites, lesson plans, a general bibliography, subject area lesson plans, podcasts, and a Romanization guide with audio.

Searching for Photos of China’s Past. An historian’s project to locate and disseminate photographs from late 19th- and early 20th-century China is yielding uncommonly seen results, and they’re freely available to the public for study. These photos can be accessed at sites including the BBC slideshow, Historical Photographs of China, and Visualising China.

Takarabako E-Books. Formerly known as the Japan Forum Newsletter, this resource publishes articles on topics introducing the culture of Japanese daily life. Now compiled online are three e-books subtitled Daily Life, Pleasures and Sports, and Society and Education. These e-book pages are designed to be turned in as a printed book, and are meant to be read on a computer.

East Asia Travel Opportunities

Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad in China
. Offered in summer 2013, subject to the availability of funds. Applications are due on December 10, 2012. See details at

Sino-American Bridge for Education and Health (SABEH) Summer Teaching 2013. Experience Chinese culture, schools, teaching, and travel through this five-week summer program sponsored by SABEH. U.S. teachers teach for four weeks, working with Chinese teachers and students. The final week of the program is spent traveling in China. U.S. teachers pay for visas and international airfare, half of which will be reimbursed after the first week of teaching. Chinese hosts take care of all the rest. For more information and an application, visit Applications are due on December 31, 2012.

The U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program. The Teachers Exchange Program sends American K-12 teachers to China and brings Chinese secondary school teachers to the United States. Applications are due on February 1, 2013. Visit to learn more.

The Keizai Koho Fellowship Tour. The fellowship allows teacher to learn firsthand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives. The 2013 summer fellowship application will be available in November. The deadline is February 15, 2013. See details at

The Korea Society Fellowship in Korean Studies. The fellowship takes American educators to Korea and provides a general overview of Korea, past and present. See details at

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