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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

June 2010

Upcoming Events

NCTA Study Tour to China

Since 2002, as part of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) program, EASC has led nine study tours to China, Japan, and Korea to provide K-12 educators with firsthand experience of the cultures and history of East Asia. This summer 20 NCTA seminar alumni are participating in a three-week tour of China. The tour began in Hong Kong and will include stops in several major Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Xi’an, Nanjing, and Beijing. Participants will explore historically important Chinese landmarks such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Terracotta Warriors, and will have the opportunity to attend the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. In addition, tour participants will visit the scenic cities of Guilin and Suzhou and attend traditional music and dance performances. The group will also visit several Chinese schools to observe classes and exchange ideas about education with school administrators, teachers, and students. Participants will use their experiences in China to develop ideas for curriculum projects that they will implement in their classrooms during the 2010-11 school year.

John Frank (History, Center Grove High School, Greenwood, IN) is serving as the tour leader and curriculum consultant, and Richard Bohr (History and Director of Asian Studies, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University) returns as the faculty expert. EASC Outreach Assistant Cathy Gao and EASC Program Assistant Kimberly Gaugler are also traveling with the tour as assistants. The study tour has been made possible through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation.

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NAHF/NCTA Study Tour to South Korea

In July three EASC NCTA seminar alumni will join 18 other alumni from around the country for a study tour to South Korea. Sponsored by the Northeast Asian History Foundation (NAHF) and NCTA, the 10-day study tour will include stops at sites of major historical and cultural significance, taking in Seoul, Gyeongju, Pusan, and Chungju. The three EASC NCTA alumni who will be participating are Jenna Bergren (AP World History, Geography and History of the World, Fishers High School, Fishers, IN), Jona Hall (Ancient World History, Language Arts, Marietta Middle School, Marietta, OH), and Susan Smith (World History, AP Government, Maple Grove Senior High School, Maple Grove, MN).

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Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

The twelfth annual Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop will welcome 25 high school English and world literature teachers to Bloomington July 11-16 for an intensive study of traditional and modern literature from China, Japan, and Korea. In addition to lecture and discussion sessions, the workshop will include East Asian films and cultural activities. Upon completion of lesson plans, participants will receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian literature to be used in their classrooms and schools. This year’s presenters include Japanese literature specialist Andra Alvis (independent scholar), China historian Kai-wing Chow (EALC and History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Korean literature and history specialist Sean Kim (History and Anthropology, University of Central Missouri), Japan historian George Wilson (History and EALC), Chinese literature specialist Gary Xu (EALC and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and curriculum consultant Cecilia Boyce (English, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL). This workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Freeman Foundation.

Enrollment is closed for the 2010 workshop, but  English and world literature teachers interested in participating in the 2011 workshop may contact EASC to be placed on the mailing list.

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NCTA Summer Seminar

In July EASC will hold a one-week, residential NCTA Teaching about Asia seminar for K-12 teachers in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio.Taught by Scott O’Bryan (EALC and History), the seminar will take place July 26-30 on the IU Bloomington campus and will ¬†introduce the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Teachers will also discuss classroom applications and learn more about East Asia-related resources for K-12 classrooms.Those who successfully complete the seminar requirements will receive $200 worth of texts and resources for their personal libraries, a $500 personal stipend, $300 in resources for their schools, and the option to purchase graduate credit at the in-state rate.

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IL/IN STIP Conference on East Asian Biomedical Science and Technology

On October 7-8, 2010 the IL/IN East Asia National Resource Center Consortium will hold the final event of the STIP (Science and Technology in the Pacific Century) project, funded by its 2006-10 Title VI grant. The conference will take place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will focus on East Asian biomedical science and technology, with an emphasis on transnational collaboration and competition.

Charis Thompson (Gender and Women’s Studies; Rhetoric; Co-Director, Science, Technology, and Society Center, University of California, Berkeley), a leading scholar in the fields of reproductive technologies, bioethics, genomics, and stem cell research, will deliver the keynote address. Other confirmed speakers include Joan Fujimura (Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison), a specialist in biomedicine and genomics, including genomics in Japan, and Nancy Chen (Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz), who has conducted extensive research on traditional, psychiatric, and biomedical healing practices in China.

For more information, please contact conference coordinator Jennifer Liu at

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