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Summer Online Book Club Explores Japanese Culture (June 22nd, 2023)

June 22, 2023

Calling all educators, librarians, teachers, and anyone interacting with learners of any age! Join our enriching virtual book discussion event centered around the captivating novel "While I Was Away" by Waka T. Brown. By delving into this thought-provoking story, we will explore the profound themes of bullying, cultural identity, family and heritage, and the transformative power of inter-generational relationships. Immerse yourself in the backdrop of Japan, spanning from 1980 to the present, and gain a deeper understanding of the richness of Japanese culture.

China's Cultural Revolution with guest speaker Professor Andrew G. Walder (April 14th, 2023)

April 14, 2023

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford Global Studies (SGS), and the USC U.S.-China Institute are excited to offer a professional development workshop for community college and high school educators who wish to internationalize their curriculum.

Objects And Ritual In Japanese History (April 11 - May 9, 2023)

This course will use objects from art, industry, technology, and war to consider the richness of the Japanese past. From court ceremonies to samurai rituals on the battlefield, from daily gift exchanges to Buddhist mortuary markers, Japanese communities have expressed their dreams, fears, power, and imagination using material culture and rituals focusing on objects. Join us to explore Japan’s history through the study of things.

Two Koreas (Tuesdays, March 7 - April 4, 2023)

This five-week intensive online course will help participants better understand North Korea and South Korea as two countries with a common past, divided only since 1945, and still stuck in the Cold War years after the fall of the Soviet bloc.

China and the World (Tuesdays, Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2023)

China’s rise has already reshaped our world and its influence continues to grow. Many welcome this. Some worry about it. K-12 educators are encouraged to learn more about China and its global reach in this five week online course. It is aimed at equipping teachers to bring more about these vital developments into their own classrooms.

East Asia: Origins To 1800 (Mondays, February 6 - May 1, 2023)

This seminar for California K-12 educators covers the history and cultures of East Asia from the neolithic past to 1800. The course includes an overview of the region’s geography and demography, early ideologies as well as links between China, Korea and Japan.

Cultural Preservation and Sustainability in China (Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022)

Climate change, development and commercialization pressures and overuse are among the threats to preserving cultural sites and practices. Drawing on the examples of Buddhist caves, traditional architecture, urban design and heritage sites, this online Saturday workshop for educators will explore a variety of preservation and sustainability concerns in today's China. Participants will receive background materials and recommendations on how these issues can be incorporated into their own courses.

Representing Japan's Rise (Saturday, September 17, 2022)

From the mid-19th century collision between an expanding America and a secure Japan through to the Pacific War, Japan's rise was dramatic for both those who experienced it and those who observed it. Participants can join this half-day complimentary workshop in-person and via Zoom. Sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute and the Japan Society.

U.S.-Japan Relations and Japan in U.S. Pop Culture (Saturday, October 15, 2022)

What binds the U.S. and Japan together in 2022? Where are the points of friction? How is Japan changing and what does that mean for the region and world? How do Japanese and Americans view each other? What images of Japan have been prevalent on American television? Educators are encouraged to join us in person or via Zoom for this complimentary workshop focusing on Japan today. Sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute, the Japan Society and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

East Asia since 1800 (September 26 - November 28 2022)

This complimentary online seminar offers in-depth presentations on the history and culture of East Asia since 1800 as well as aids K-12 educators incorporate these learnings into their curriculums. All instructional materials and discussions are online.