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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. Participants will examine social hierarchies and expectations through literature and art, and explore the technological breakthroughs, economic rise and political systems of the region. Those teaching history, social studies, art and literature will find the course particularly relevant.

Instruction is provided by top scholars and educators in the field. In addition to providing educators with a solid foundation for understanding East Asia, the course emphasizes ways to bring the themes and problems of the various places and periods alive for K-12 students. Participants are provided with a variety of primary sources as well as film recommendations and web resources. The course supports national education standards.

The online seminar includes:

  • Video presentations (2 hours/week) that you watch on your own schedule

  • Background and primary source readings

  • Mandatory online forum participation

  • Weekly live online discussion with the specialist for that topic


  • For Los Angeles Unified School District educators, 2 LAUSD salary points (no fee)

  • For all other districts, 6 Continuing Education Units (processing fee applicable)

  • Online resources and materials

  • Free Education About Asia teaching resources subscription for 2023 ($30)

*Must complete seminar requirements


  • East Asian Geography and Demography
  • Early Civilizations, Religions and Philosophies
  • Pre-modern Korea
  • Imperial China
  • Classical and Warrior Japan
  • East Asian literature and history
  • and much more!


The seminar workshops will be held virtually on Monday for the following dates.


Session Date Speakers/Topics
1 Mon 2/6 Clayton Dube, USC
Geography and Demography
Early Chinese History and Thought
2 Mon 2/13 Clayton Dube, USC
Hundred Schools Debate
3 Mon 2/27 Clayton Dube, USC
Cosmopolitan China
4 Mon 3/6 Morgan Pitelka, University of North Carolina
Classical Japan
5 Mon 3/13 Morgan Pitelka, University of North Carolina
Warrior Japan
6 Mon 3/20 Lori Meeks, USC
7 Mon 3/27 Lynne K. Miyake, Pomona College
Japanese Literature
8 Mon 4/10 Jennifer Jung-Kim, UCLA
Patterns of the Korean Past
9 Mon 4/17 Clayton Dube, USC
Mongols - Ming
10 Mon 5/1 Clayton Dube, USC
Qing - East Asia at 1800




Submit your application below.

The course is sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. Funding from the Freeman Foundation enables us to offer the seminar

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