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K-12 East Asian Connection


Volume XVIII, Number 1

Fall/Winter 2015

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Any questions? Contact us:

Theresa Kang
Director, NCTA

Anthony Ross

Outreach Coordinator

Read previous issues in our archive.

Upcoming Events

2016 NCTA Teaching About Asia Seminars

Every year, EASC coordinates NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars for K-12 teachers in the Midwest and South. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation and taught by expert faculty, these seminars are designed to help teachers become more knowledgeable about East Asia and to assist them with developing strategies to pass that knowledge on to their students. Participants receive free books, school resources, and a personal stipend upon successful completion of the program. NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars will be held in the following locations in 2016:

Chicago, IL--Deadline February 8th
Minneapolis, MN--Deadline Jan 1

New Albany, IN--Deadline Jan 1         

Montgomery, AL (Summer 2016) Application coming this spring

Seminar offered by partner site:

Lansing, MI--Application coming this spring

For more information and to apply, please visit EASC’S NCTA Web site, or contact outreach coordinator Anthony Ross

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2016 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

From July 10-15, 2016, EASC will hold its 18th annual NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop at IU Bloomington. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, this workshop’s intention is to immerse teachers in East Asian literature and history, thereby providing them with the background and materials necessary to introduce an East Asian component into their curriculum. Participants will develop classroom-ready lesson plans as the culmination of an intensive week of lectures, discussions, teaching strategy sessions, and cultural activities. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants’ schools will receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian resources for the classroom. Participation is limited to 25 teachers. For more information, see the Web site, or contact outreach coordinator Anthony Ross.

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2016 Japanese Pedagogy Workshop

IU’s East Asian Studies Center will cosponsor the biannual Japanese Pedagogy Workshop on April 16th on the IUPUI campus. Detailed information is below.


Saturday. April 16, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

IUPUI Campus Center

Indianapolis, IN


In addition to presentations and discussions, workshops provide opportunities to:

  • Share lesson plans and other resources
  • Network with other teachers
  • Receive a certificate of completion, which may be used towards Professional Growth Points/Clock Hours

Registration information coming soon. Check often for updates!



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Non-affiliated K12 Programs and Events


Sejong Culture Society 2016 Writing Competition is now open.

Deadline: February 29th, 2016

For more information, visit


Japan House Tea Ceremony

Tea Ceremony

Date:             December  17, 2015 

Time:            3:00 pm - 3:55 pm  


Date:             Dec 19, 2015

Time:            2:00 pm - 2:55 pm  

Location:      2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana

Cost:             $6.00 Univ. of IL student

                     $8.00 General public



Shibori Resist Dyeing Level 3: Pole Wrapping

Date:            April 19, 2016

Time:           6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)  

Location:     Urban Threads Studio, NFP   

                     Chicago, Illinois

Cost:            $54.00



The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago: Silk Road Odysseys

Date:            Every Saturday from April 23-May 28, 2016

Time:           10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Location:     The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
                   1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL

Cost:            General $350, Members $295





Indianapolis Museum of Art Exhibitions

Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Available until: September 18th, 2016


Mastering Materials: Rare Objects from the IMA’s Asian Collection

Available until: October 23, 2016


The Luxury of Tea and Coffee, Chinese Export Porcelain, Highlights from the Shirley M. Mueller Collection 

Available until: December 31, 2016




Indianapolis Museum of Art Classes

Bonsai 101

Date:           January 16

Time:          10 am-12 pm

Location:     Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse

Cost:           $75 Members / $95 Public



Bonsai on the Rocks

Date:           January 23

Time:          10 am-12 pm

Location:    Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse

Cost:          $75 Members / $95 Public



2016 Indy Chinese New Year Gala

Date:          February 7, 2016
Time:         TBA

Location:    Carmel High School, 520 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46032

Further Event Details will be posted on the ICCCI website here




JASM’s Shinnenkai  2016-New Year Celebration

Date:           January 17th, 2016

Time:          4pm-8pm

Location:     Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center

                   1001 Minnesota 7, Hopkins, MN 55305

Cost:            TBA





'In The House' streaming program

Date:           Every Thursday

Time:          11:00AM-12:00PM




Online Courses 

Primary Source Course: The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China

Date:            January 20 – March 22, 2016

Who:            K-12 Educators
Cost:            Partnership educators - no cost other than fee for 2 graduate credits;

                    Non-  partnership educators- $450 plus fee for 2 graduate credits



Primary Source Course: American Cultural Encounters with East Asia During the Cold War

Date:             March 3, 2016

Time:            7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Who:             6-12 Educators

Cost:             Free (using promo code ITEACH)



Primary Source Course: Chinese Philosophy in World History & the World Today

Date:            February 9, 2016

Time:           7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Who:            6-12 Educators

Cost:             Free



Summer Courses

2016 National Summer Institute: Exploring Nature & Culture in Japan

Date:              July 27-29, 2016 (online orientation in June/July)

Location:       Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture

Who:              K-8 Educators

Cost:              Free for educators coming >50 miles from Boston, and in partner districts;

                      $450 for local participants not from partner districts/schools

Deadline:        February 22, 2016




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