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Gender and Generation in East Asia: From Ban Zhao to Crazy Rich Asians

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Monday, August 5, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, August 9, 2019 - 4:00pm

We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

The USC U.S. – China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) are offering a complimentary five-day residential summer seminar at USC for educators. Participants will have the option of commuting to USC and receiving a $250 stipend, OR be housed (double-occupancy) at the USC Hotel (must live at least 30 miles away from USC). Breakfast, lunch, and parking will be provided. Click here to download the flyer.

Rolling admission; application deadline is 5pm on Friday, July 19, 2019

Dates: August 5-9, 2019 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 9-4pm 
Location: USC Campus
Cost: Free, application required.
Left: Painting of Ban Zhao, by Chen Zhenguo. Right: Crazy Rich Asians
Ban Zhao was a historian and philosopher from a family of prominent Han Dynasty scholars. She is best known for Lessons for Women, an influential reflection on the roles of women. Crazy Rich Asians, of course, is the 2018 blockbuster film about a Chinese American woman’s encounter with a powerful Singaporean Chinese family. These are just two of the case studies we will examine in this seminar.
Across East Asia and throughout the centuries, gender and generation have been core pillars of society and family organization. They have defined hierarchy and informed the transmission of values and behaviors. At times, individuals and groups have mobilized against the gender and generational roles prescribed by philosophies and customs. In this seminar, we will look at the origins and force of such norms, including how they are transmitted and reinforced. We will also look at religion and philosophy, literature, film, music, video games, and new media as we explore gender and generation in East Asian families and society. From Buddhist nuns to contemporary billionaires, we will seek to understand change and continuity in how gender and generation shape expectations and behaviors.
Those completing all requirements are eligible for a stipend (if not housed by the program) and USC continuing education units (CEUs).  
  • $250 stipend for teachers who commute
  • 6 CEUs (equivalent to 2 LAUSD salary points) from USC Rossier School of Education, processing fee applicable
  • East Asia-focused resources and materials for classroom use
*Must complete seminar requirements, click here for details.
  • Step 1: Submit your application below.
  • Step 2: Email your resume to
  • Step 3: Ask your school principal to confirm your teaching assignment for the upcoming academic year at
  • Step 4: Mail a refundable deposit check for $100, made payable to "University of Southern California," to hold your registration; the check will be returned to you at the conclusion of the seminar or should you not be accepted.
*Applicants will be notified within one week once all four items are received. 
USC U.S.-China Institute
Attn: Asia K-12 
3502 Watt Way, ASC G24
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281 
Phone: 213-821-4382 
Fax: 213-821-2382