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Exploring East Asian Visual Culture (July 29 – August 2, 2024)

July 29, 2024 to August 2, 2024
Embark on a captivating journey through the rich tapestry of East Asian visual arts in this illuminating seminar. Delve into the captivating blend of tradition and innovation, spanning from ancient origins to contemporary expressions. Discover the pulse of urban culture and contemporary art flourishing in East Asian metropolises, while unraveling the profound impact of film, manga, and multimedia on societal narratives.

Japanese Classical Literature (Tuesdays, April 30 - May 28, 2024)

April 30, 2024 to May 28, 2024

We cordially invite K-12 educators to join us in a hybrid seminar that will introduce you to the rich world of classical Japanese literature.

East Asian Foodways Across Borders (Tuesdays, March 12- April 23,2024)

March 12, 2024

In our five-week workshop, we will assess how foodways in East Asia have changed continuously through interactions among people across cultures and over time.


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.

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.