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Contemporary China (Tuesdays, January 23 - February 27, 2024)

January 16, 2024

China’s rise has already reshaped our world and its influence continues to grow. Many welcome this but 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. This complimentary online seminar explores many aspects of contemporary China. In addition to building a solid foundation of knowledge, the seminar discusses ways to effectively incorporate China into your curriculum.

Spring Online Book Club Explores Japan via Graphic Novel /Manga (January 18th, 2024)

January 18, 2024
Welcome to our spring Educators' Book Discussion Club! We are excited to explore a thought-provoking manga that not only captivates the imagination but also serves as a valuable educational resource. Our featured work is a powerful graphic novel that unveils the story of "Minamata," shedding light on the historic and ongoing struggle against the debilitating Minamata disease caused by environmental negligence.

Japan-US Relations: History and Today (Dec. 4, 2023)

December 4, 2023

K-12 educators, are you ready to embark on a captivating journey through the intricate tapestry of US-Japan relations in modern Japanese history? Join us for a thought-provoking event with Kaoru Iokibe, professor of politics from the University of Tokyo, that delves into key historical periods that have shaped the global landscape.

The “Japanese Turn” in the Art, Architecture and Cuisine of Europe and the United States, 1860–2020 (Oct. 21, 2023)

October 21, 2023

Join us for this free online workshop with distinguished historian Sam Yamashita. Over the last forty years, Japanese cuisine has had an oversized influence on fine dining in the United States. Chefs cooking at celebrated American restaurants are now freely using Japanese ingredients, condiments, culinary techniques, and concepts, and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, the leading culinary school in the country, now offers a concentration in Japanese cuisine.

Webinar for K-12 Educators: Ian Johnson on his new book Sparks (Nov. 29th, 2023)

November 29, 2023

Throughout its history, the Chinese Communist Party has sought to dictate what is written and taught about its past. And some have always found ways to offer a fuller picture of what they and others have experienced. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson for this webinar on his newest book.

The Rise of Modern Japan, Saturday workshop (October 7, 2023)

October 7, 2023

K-12 educators from all disciplines are invited to join this free online workshop. Japan's remarkable transformation from a secluded island nation to a major world power in just a few decades during the 19th and early 20th centuries is a fascinating tale of resilience, adaptability, and strategic reform. Several key factors drove these dramatic changes, ultimately leading to Japan's rise on the global stage.

Summer Online Book Club Explores Chinese Culture (August 10th, 2023)

August 10, 2023

The book, Eighteen Vats of Water, welcomes readers to the world of Chinese calligraphy while emphasizing the importance of determination and creativity. Despite calligraphy's potential waning popularity in the age of modern technology, the art form still possesses unique and inspiring charms.

East Asia since 1800 (Fall 2023)

This seminar is intended for all k-12 educators eager to bring more of East Asian history and culture to their students. It also explores what makes the region so dynamic and important today. This accredited seminar is complimentary for qualified teachers.  This seminar is completely online. It includes recorded lectures, assigned readings and live discussion sessions via Zoom. You can view seminar requirements here.

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.