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K-12 Resources


FOCUS on Geography

This is a peer-reviewed, interactive digital publication that includes articles, photo essays, and geo-quizzes that are applicable in the classroom. 

Asia for Educators 

This is an initiative of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Resources include online professional development for teachers and video lectures on Asian history, art, and geography.

TEA Online Curriculum Projects

This site offers several lesson plans on Japan that draw upon a range of historical source materials—including art, literature, memoir, interviews, and government documents—to teach Japanese history using pedagogical approaches that address national content standards and Common Core skills. 

SPICE Curricula on East Asia

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) has a wealth of multidisciplinary curricular materials on international topics, including "China's Cultural Revolution" and "Dynamics of the Korean American Experience."  

MIT Visualizing Cultures

Visualizing Cultures explores the potential of the Web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning. Topical units focus on Japan in the modern world and early-modern China. 

Freeman Book Awards for Children’s and Young Adult Literature on East and Southeast Asia

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University announce the establishment of annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature. The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia. Awards are given in two categories: Children’s and Young Adult on the several countries of East and Southeast Asia. 

Teaching About Asia (2007-2016) 

USCI newsletter for educators. 

Past Seminars (2007-2012)

A list of seminars the U.S.-China Institute has hosted over the years with the support of the Freeman Foundation. 






June 4, 2020 - 5:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a discussion with Hong Kong based author and photographer Antony Dapiran for a look at his new book on the city's protests and what they mean for the future of Hong Kong and China.

June 11, 2020 - 4:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for an online discussion with Professor Margaret Lewis on how the US government's use of criminal prosecutions to address a broad "China" threat is at tension with the criminal justice system.