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EASC Newsletter

A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2008

Upcoming Events

IL/IN East Asian Summer Seminar on “Law and Society in China”

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host the 2008 IL/IN East Asia NRC’s Summer Seminar May 19–22 for fourteen graduate and advanced undergraduate students from the Midwest. Led by Ethan Michelson (Sociology and EALC) with assistance from Klaus Mühlhahn (History) and Tom Ginsburg (Law and Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the seminar will examine how the Chinese legal system functions in the PRC, exploring such issues as whether it limits or strengthens the power of the government and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and how it influences the people’s relationship with the CCP. The seminar will also take a historical-analytical look at how the law is both a change from and a continuation of past patterns and practices of the Mao era.

STARTALK 2008: Chinese Pedagogy Institute

In January EASC received a second STARTALK grant ($120,000) for an expanded Chinese Pedagogy Institute this summer, which will serve twenty-four middle and high school teachers of Chinese. Directed by Jennifer Liu (Chinese language program coordinator, EALC), with assistance from Michael Everson (Foreign Language Education, University of Iowa) and Claire Kotenbeutel(Foreign Language Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction), the two-and-a-half-week residential institute will provide four to five credits towards secondary teaching certification in Chinese and will include a weeklong practicum for two dozen local middle and high school students. It will take place June 15–July 2 at IU’s Bradford Woods facility and the Bloomington campus.

The institute will have a two-track curriculum, with sixteen teachers in the beginning track focusing on lesson planning and classroom instruction and eight teachers in the advanced track, which will highlight curriculum design, material development, and assessment. Tuition, instructional materials, lodging, and meals will be fully covered. More information can be found at the CPI Web site.

NCTA Study Tour to Japan and Korea

EASC will conduct a Freeman Foundation-funded NCTA Study Tour to Korea and Japan for a group of twenty middle and high school teachers June 14–July 4. Qiong Jiang (outreach coordinator, EASC) will lead the tour along with Michael Robinson (EALC), curriculum consultant John Frank (history teacher, Center Grove High School, Greenwood, IN), and Jeeyoung Shin (outreach assistant, EASC). Tour sites include the DMZ/Joint Security Area, Seoul, and Kyongju in Korea, and Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo in Japan. The participants will also visit schools in Korea and Japan to meet with teachers and students and to observe classroom teaching in the two countries.

Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

This summer’s tenth annual Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop will welcome twenty-five high school English and world literature teachers to Bloomington July 13–19 for an intensive study of traditional and modern literature from China, Japan, and Korea. Lecture and discussion sections with literature and history presenters will be augmented by films and cultural activities such as ikebana and T’ai Chi. Upon completion of lesson plans, participants will receive $300 book-buying grants for their schools. Ann Choi (Asian Languages and Cultures, Rutgers University) joins the workshop for the first time as the Korean literature specialist. Other presenters include Japanese literature specialist Andra Alvis (independent scholar), Chinese literature specialist Gary Xu (EALC and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), curriculum consultant Cecilia Boyce, as well as Kai-Wing Chow (EALC and History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Sean Kim (History and Anthropology, University of Central Missouri), and Scott O’Bryan (EALC). This workshop is funded by the Freeman Foundation.

NCTA Teaching about Asia Summer Seminar in Bloomington

EASC will host an NCTA Teaching about Asia summer residential seminar in Bloomington July 21–26. Funded by the Freeman Foundation, the Teaching about Asia seminar is a no-cost professional development program for middle and high school teachers of world history, world cultures, world geography, and other subjects. The thirty-hour seminar provides a broad overview of the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea and gives teachers the opportunity to discuss classroom applications and resources. In addition to course materials, EASC will provide housing and all meals during the seminar. Teachers who successfully complete the seminar will receive a $500 personal stipend and a $300 resource-buying grant for their school and will be eligible to apply for a low-cost NCTA study tour to East Asia. For more information see EASC’s NCTA Teaching about Asia Seminars Web site.

Support of Central Asian Languages at IU’s Summer Workshop

EASC is a sponsor of IU’s Title VI-funded Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages, which takes place June 13–August 8 in Bloomington. EASC will support instruction in Mongolian and Uyghur at this intensive language program that provides up to two hundred participants the opportunity to complete a full year of college language instruction during one eight-week summer session. For information on the workshop, please visit the Summer Workshop Web site.