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K-12 East Asian Connection


Volume XVI, Number 2

Spring 2012

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Theresa Kang
Director, NCTA

Anthony Ross

Outreach Coordinator

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Year 15 NCTA Grant Received

This spring EASC received a $305,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation to fund National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars for an additional year, Year 15 (2012-13) of the NCTA program. The NCTA program provides introductory, 33-hour Teaching about Asia seminars for middle and high school teachers in the Midwest and South interested in incorporating East Asia into their curricula. For more information about our seminars, see EASC's NCTA Web site.

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Geography and History of the World Workshops in Indiana

To help prepare Indiana high school teachers to incorporate the Geography and History of the World state standards into their classrooms, EASC and IU’s Center for Social Studies and International Education (CSSIE), along with five other IU area studies centers (African Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Russian and East European Institute), provide professional development workshops for social studies teachers.

In December EASC helped lead two all-day workshops on the theme of “Citizenship, Globalization, and Human Rights” (across the Social Studies Standards), one in Charlestown and one in Greencastle. At each workshop Tim Rich (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science, Indiana University) gave a presentation on “Human Rights in North Korea,” which was followed by a teaching strategy session delivered by curriculum specialist and CSSIE associate director Arlene Benitez. For more information on the workshops, see the Web page.

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Japanese Olympiad of Indiana

The twelfth annual Japanese Olympiad of Indiana was held at DePauw University in February, cosponsored by EASC and the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese. This competition brought together more than 140 students of Japanese from thirteen Indiana high schools to test their knowledge of Japanese language, culture, and history in a fast-paced “Jeopardy”-style competition.

Chesterton High School won the second-year Japanese competition and placed third in the third- year Japanese competition. Michigan City High School won the third-year level, and North Central High School won the fourth-year level. In addition to competing in the Japanese Olympiad, participants took part in a variety of cultural activities, including learning tea ceremony, watching Japanese movies, learning origami, making crafts, and learning Japanese games.

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The First Midwest Conference on International Education

The first Midwest Conference on International Education kicked off in Indianapolis at the Central Indiana Educational Service Center (CIESC) in February. Organized by Global Indiana and CIESC, this two-day event brought together school administrators, scholars, and educators committed to global awareness and success in an interconnected world society for an array of panel discussions and presentations. Sessions included “Global Indiana: Who Are We and Where Are We Going?”, “Building a Chinese Language and Cultural Program in a K-12 Public School,” and the EASC led panel, “Educating Students and Teachers about East Asia.” The Keynote Speaker, Merry Merryfield (School of Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University) discussed ways in which K-12 teachers teach about the world and connections between global and multicultural education. It is hoped that this Conference will become an annual event in the region.

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The 13th Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar

The thirteenth annual Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar took place on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at Binford Elementary in Bloomington. Although the first day was set aside for Bloomington-area schools, everyone, young and old, attended the Family Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for international music, crafts, games, and other fun activities. The East Asian Studies Center’s booth hosted activities such as Korean fan making, Japanese lantern crafts, and Chinese calligraphy. For more information, visit the Lotus Blossoms Web site.

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Global Indiana’s “China Wave IX” Trip

In April Global Indiana sponsored a Key Educational Leaders trip to China. The eleven-day tour, known as “China Wave IX,” was Global Indiana’s ninth 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. The tour included visits to cultural landmarks such as the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors, as well as visits to partner schools in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang and Indianapolis’ sister city. Cedarville Elementary School, East Noble Schools, Jefferson and Harrison Elementary Schools, and Shelbyville Central Schools participated in this spring’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 317-370-5767.

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NCTA Enrichment Event on “Art in Asia”

In April, twelve K-12 teachers from around the Midwest participated in an all-day NCTA enrichment event hosted at the Indiana University Art Museum titled “Art in Asia.” The day began with a tour of the museum’s Asian collection led by its curator, Judith Stubbs, followed by a lecture on art in contemporary China by Xiaobing Tang (Comparative Literature, University of Michigan). Afterwards participants were treated to a light reception and given the opportunity to view the museum’s Chinese paper cuts exhibit. A certificate of participation was awarded to all educators in attendance.  

Funded by the Freeman Foundation, the goal of EASC’s annual NCTA enrichment event is to enhance teaching and learning about East Asia for K-12 teachers, including alumni of our NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars.

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