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Online Seminar - Crossing Boundaries in East Asia

Session(s) date

Session(s) date: 
Monday, July 27, 2020 - 1:00pm to Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 2:30pm

This complimentary seminar will focus on historical and current exchanges in popular culture, economics, diplomacy, food, and religion. Speakers will explore the transmission of Buddhism, the Korean wave in popular culture, China’s belt and road initiative to Central and Southeast Asia, and western music in China.



Left: Bodhisattva Guanyin; 11th/12th century A.D.; Shanxi Province, China; Middle: Korean pop band BTS; Right: examples of Silk Road spices

The USC U.S. – China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) are offering a complimentary online seminar for educators. 

The South Korean film Parasite wins the best picture Oscar. Sushi and instant noodles are international staples. Confucian norms influence family roles, educational practice and selection of civil servants in much of East Asia. Ancient and new faiths have followers across the globe. Technologies and design ideas have spread within East Asia and beyond.

People, goods, disease, pollution, and ideas routinely transcend political borders and geographic barriers. Our “Crossing Borders” seminar looks at some of the most important periods where East Asian societies and cultures connected with each other and with those outside the region. It examines how ideas were transmitted, goods exchanged, illnesses and tastes in food, dress and music spread. Who were the key agents and opponents to such interplay and what have been the lasting legacies of such border crossings?

Application deadline is 5pm on Thursday, July 16, 2020

Discussions  Date Time (PDT) Speaker and Topic 
  Fri, 7/24 1-2pm Clayton Dube, USC U.S.-China Institute
Introduction and Orientation (no assignments)
1 Mon, 7/27 1-2:30pm

Jennifer Jung-Kim, UCLA
The Korean Wave and Its Impact on East Asia

2 Thur, 7/30 1-2:30pm Lori Meeks, USC
Buddhism and Its Spread 
3 Mon, 8/3 1-2:30pm Dru Gladney, Pomona College
Silk Road & The Belt and Road Initative 
4 Thur, 8/6 1-2:30pm

Sheila Melvin and Jindong Cai
Rhapsody in Red: Western Classical Music in China

  • CEUs (equivalent to 1 LAUSD salary points) from USC Rossier School of Education, processing fee applicable. You will need to check with your school district to see if they accept USC CEUs in place of salary points/credits. 
  • East Asia-focused resources and materials for classroom use
  • Certificate of Completion upon request
*Must complete seminar requirements.
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