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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. Synchronous discussion sessions will be held via Zoom on MOndays weekly at 5-6 PM PST (See below for full schedule).


This program is sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, and the Japan Society. It is primarily intended for teachers in California and neighboring states though others may apply. The Saturday workshops are open to all teachers. Apply via the form below.

The online seminar includes:

  • Video presentations & readings
  • Mandatory online forum participation
  • Online discussions with an instructor


  • For LAUSD educators, 2 LAUSD salary points (no fee)
  • For all other districts, 6 Continuing Education Units (processing fee applicable)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Resources and materials

*Must complete seminar requirements.

Topics include:

  • demographic change and the role of geography and the natural environment
  • Economic, social and cultural developments within East Asia
  • Exchange within East Asia and challenges imposed by the West
  • War, revolution and nation-making 
  • China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, North and South Korea, and Japan today
  • Tensions within and beyond the region
  • Evolving ties with the United States


This schedule includes the live online discussion sessions. Each one will have corresponding video lectures, reading assignments, and forum participation that will be accessible online ahead of time. Participants can miss up to three (3) sessions and still be eligible to receive the benefits by submitting makeup assignments. Please note that Saturdays count as two separate sessions. 


Session   #





Mon., 9/12

5-6 pm (1hr)

Online Synchronous

Demography and Geography Basics
East Asia and the World in 1800
Clayton Dube, USC


Sat., 9/19

9 am – 12:30 pm (3.5hrs)

Hybrid Synchronous

The Rise of Modern Japan

Imagining and Imaging Meiji Japan

Bruce Coats, Scripps college

Canons and Cannons: Japanese Public Culture in the First Half of the 20th Century

Noriko Aso, UC Santa Cruz

Partnership with the Japan Society


Mon, 9/26

5-6 pm (1hr)

Online Synchronous

China’s Long 19th Century
Encounter: To Save China
Clayton Dube, USC



Sat., 10/1

9 am -12:30 pm (3.5hrs)

Hybrid Synchronous

Cultural Preservation and Sustainability in China

Sonya Lee, USC

Vinayak Bharne, USC
Timothy Oakes, University of Colorado


Mon., 10/10

5-6 pm (1hr)

Online Synchronous

Revolution and War Remake China
Clayton Dube, USC


Sat., 10/15

9 am -12:30 pm


Hybrid Synchronous

Rise and Revitalization: Japan since 1945
Japan and the U.S.
Yūichi HOSOYA 細谷雄一, Keio University

Japan on American Television 

Alisa Freedman, University of Oregon

Partnership with the Japan Society


Mon., 10/24

5–6 pm (1hr)

Online Synchronous

Korea before Division
Jennifer Jung-Kim, UCLA


Mon., 11/14

5-6 pm (1hr)

Online Synchronous

Two Koreas
Jennifer Jung-Kim, UCLA


Mon., 11/28

5- 6 pm (1hr)

Online Synchronous

Reform and Retrenchment in China
Clayton Dube, USC


Mon., 12/5

5-6  pm (1hr)

Online Synchronous

East Asia at the Center
Clayton Dube, USC



5 pm

All seminar requirements must be completed and submitted in order to be eligible for credit. 

Apply today by submitting your application below.  Questions? Please write to Crystal Hsia or call 1-213-821-4382. 

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