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Teaching About Asia: January 2012

January 1, 2012
USC U.S.-China Institute

Teaching About Asia Newsletter

January 2012


   Hello Kitty at the annual Thanksgiving Macy`s Parade (Nick Ribaudo photo, 2008, Creative Commons)

Dear [[firstname]], 

Happy New Year!

2012 brings you many opportunities to take part in our USCI events. First of all, we are happy to invite alumni from select National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars in California to apply for our 2012  study tour to China and Taiwan. Details about the tour and application information are below. Second, the USC U.S.-China Institute is offering two  Spring 2012 Teaching about Asia Seminars, one will take place at UTLA and the other in the San Gabriel Valley. The seminar at UTLA is a combination of Tuesday evenings and a weekend workshop at USC, with the focus on modern era of East Asia. The one at Pasadena is a combination of Monday evenings and a weekend workshop at USC, focusing on pre-modern East Asia. If you have already participated in one of these seminars, we encourage you to tell a friend or colleague about the upcoming seminars.

In December we had a terrific one-day workshop focusing on Japanese popular culture. William Tsutsui, Lynne Miyake, and Akira Lippit talked about film, television shows, music, manga, and more. NCTA participants will soon be able to view their presentations and others.

On January 20 we invite you to join us at USC to discuss the outcome and implications of the 2012 Taiwan presidential and legislative elections. Those elections will take place on Saturday, January 14 and could affect Taiwan`s ties with China and to the United States. USCI has a team in Taiwan observing the campaign and eventual voting. Those observers will be among those presenting their findings on January 20.

On January 26, we present the premiere USC screening of our new documentary on media coverage of "The Week that Changed the World." Our Assignment: China series turns now to the historic Nixon trip to China. We mark the 40th anniversary of that trip in February. The documentary includes exclusive interviews with correspondents such as Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, Barbara Walters, and Max Frankel as well as with U.S. and Chinese officials who sought to shape the coverage.

One of the biggest news stories of the Nixon years was the battle over the Pentagon Papers, a classified report on how the United States became involved in the Vietnam War. Late in 2011, a play, Top Secret, on the struggle over the New York Times and Washington Post`s decision to publish the report, was performed in several Chinese cities. USC`s Geoff Cowan, a co-author of the play, as well as the play`s producer and actors participated in discussions with Chinese audiences about the issues raised in the battle and the role press should play in society. On February 2, we invite you to join us in discussion with Cowan and others on how the play managed to be performed in China and the responses of audiences to it.

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  In this issue:
USCI 2012 Summer Study Tour Announcement
USCI Spring 2012 "Teaching about Asia" Seminar Announcement
USCI Events
USC Events
City Events

Learning Opportunities  and Resources for Teachers
Museum Exhibitions on Asia


  ♦  USCI 2012 Summer Study Tour 

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) invites alumni from 2001-2011* seminars in California to apply for the 2012  study tour to China and Taiwan. K-12 educators who have successfully completed an NCTA seminar coordinated by Stanford, UCLA, or USC are eligible to apply.

Selection for study tour participation is competitive. No more than 18 teachers will be selected.

Tentative tour dates are June 25 to July 12, 2012. Airline pricing may require us to delay our departure and return by one day. Teachers selected for the 2012 California NCTA study tour are required to attend both a weekend orientation on April 13-14, 2012 and a follow-up weekend orientation on September 15 to 16, 2012 at USC. Participants are also required to actively participate in a study tour-focused online discussion forum and complete a curriculum project due August 31, 2012 (revision due September 28, 2012).

Detailed information about the study tour and application will be available on our website:

Application Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

 ♦  USCI Spring 2012 "Teaching about Asia" Seminars 

  • "East Asia since 1800" seminar at UTLA

Starting from January 24th, The USC U.S. – China Institute (USCI) and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) are offering a NO-COST professional development opportunity open to all interested K-12 educators, focusing on East Asia since 1800.                                                                                
Enrollment is limited to 24 participants and priority will be given to high school world history and language arts teachers, though all K-12 educators are invited to apply. Sessions will meet at the UTLA Building on nine Tuesday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, one weekend session from 9am to 4pm, and one weekend workshop at USC. 

  • "East Asia from Origins to 1800" seminar at Pasadena

Starting in February, the USC U.S. – China Institute (USCI) and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) are offering a NO-COST professional development opportunity open to all interested K-12 educators, focusing on East Asia since 1800.                                                                                         
Enrollment is limited to 24 participants and priority will be given to high school world history and language arts teachers, though all K-12 educators are invited to apply. Sessions will meet at the Pasadena Unified School District (TBD) on nine Monday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, one weekend session from 9am to 4pm, and one weekend workshop at USC.

 Individuals who successfully complete all seminar requirements receive:
• $200 in East Asian reference and teaching materials
• $500 stipend
• Two (2) LAUSD multicultural salary points (no charge) OR six (6) USC Rossier School of Education Continuing Education Units (CEUs, $150 fee)

Contact us at to enroll.

  ♦  USCI Events 

This day-long conference will assess the results of the January 14 Taiwan elections and their potential impact on the triangular relationship. Panels will also focus on cross-strait economic relations and security issues.

Friday, January 20, 2012, 5 - 7 pm
Location: Davidson Conference Center
Address: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089
Cost: Free, please RSVP.
Phone: 213-821-4382

The Taiwan presidential election is too close to call. Polls show both incumbent Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) and Democratic Progressive Party candidate Tsai Ing-wen getting the support of about 45% of those expressing an opinion, with Soong Ch’u-yü (James) of the People First Party drawing about 5-8% of those responding. For the first time, Taiwan voters will also choose their legislature in the same election.

USCI resources on Taiwan and on the cross-strait relationship include:

Shelley Rigger, “Why Taiwan Matters

The Thaw: Taiwan and China’s Changing Relationship (Part 1 and Part 2)
2008 Taiwan Election Symposium  
Election ’08 and the Challenge of China:
Part 4, Taiwan and China’s Military Buildup 
US-Taiwan and Contemporary Taiwan

Talking Points - Taiwan/China trade


The USC U.S.-China Institute will screen the new segment of Assignment: China focusing on the historic visit to China by Richard Nixon.

Date: 02/02/2012 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Address: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089
Cost: Free, please RSVP.
Phone: 213-821-4382

To mark the fortieth anniversary of the historic Richard Nixon – Mao Zedong summit in Beijing, we will screen our new documentary on media coverage of the trip. The documentary includes archival footage and photos and exclusive interviews with those covering the event for broadcast and print outlets. Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, Barbara Walters, Stanley Karnow, and Max Frankel are among those who talk about the importance of the meetings and how eager Americans were for news of it.

You can watch Assignment: China – Opening Up at the USC U.S.-China Institute website or YouTube channel now. This segment focuses on the 1979-1983 period when American news organizations were again able to base reporters in China.

Additional USC U.S.-China Institute resources:

Getting to Beijing: Henry Kissinger’s Secret 1971 Trip

The Week that Changed the World: The Inside Story of Richard Nixon’s 1972 Journey to China


Nixon announces trip, 1971
Mao and Nixon Meet, 1972

Shanghai Banquet Toasts, 1972

Shanghai Communiqué, 1972 
Nixon, Upon Return, 1972

Contact: USC U.S.-China Institute
Phone: 213-821-4382

Sponsor(s): USC U.S.-China Institute

     ♦  City Events 

  • 2012 Chinese New Year Festival - Year of the Dragon 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Los Angeles Chinatown!

Time: 01/22/201210:00PM - 11:59PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Location: Chuan Thien Hau (Cam Au) Temple
Address: 750-756 N. Yale Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free
Phone: George Yu (213) 680-0243

Get ready for one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country as Los Angeles Chinatown kicks off the Year of the Dragon in a big way.

The weekend of January 28 & 29, 2012 will be full of fun activities for all ages beginning with the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday, Jan. 28th at 1 p.m.. Enjoy hundreds of spectacular floats, decked out cars, dancers and bands as they parade down the heart of Chinatown.

The Lunar New Year Festival commences after the parade with cultural performances by some of the nations best Chinese acts as well as performances by local LA bands and musical groups. Enjoy one or several cultural workshops and eat your heart out at your favorite Chinatown restaurant or sample the many gourmet food trucks at the event. Additionally, Food Networks wildly popular show, "Cupcake Wars" will be on hand with 1,000 Chinese New Year-themed cupcakes for attendees to enjoy.

Festival hours: Jan. 28th from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. with parade beginning at 1 p.m. and Jan. 29th from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 ♦  Learning Opportunities and Resources for Teachers

Resources for Teaching About North Korea and Kim Jong-il 

The death of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-il, has sent the country, the region and the world at large into a state of uncertainty about the future of this dynastic Communist dictatorship and how these events will affect international relations. This website provides resources to use for teaching about the country, its deceased leader and its legacy, along with what’s ahead for North Korea and for global diplomacy.

Will North Korea take the "Chinese Road"?

USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow Mike Chinoy has made fifteen reporting trips to North Korea. His most recent trip was this past fall. In this presentation he discusses changes in North Korea and the stability of the country`s political system.

Middle and High School teachers of Economics, Social Studies, and History.  Supervisors, specialists, and school administrators at the district and state levels; and faculty associated with colleges directly concerned with the training of K-12 teachers.   

Two-week Educator Tour of major industrial and corporate facilities, meetings with key business leaders, meetings with educators including school visits, discussions with teachers and students, and a home stay with a Japanese family in Japan.

The ten-day itinerary in Japan will focus on Tokyo.  Typically, there is at least one scheduled visit to a destination outside of Tokyo.

June 29 - July 8, 2012 (Tentative)

For an opportunity to learn first hand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance the teaching of Japan in the classroom.

Apply Now <> ! 

Applications are due February 17, 2012

This Spring, The Korea Society will take 10 American educators to Korea for its eighth annual Spring Fellowship in Korean Studies. This expense-paid program will include lectures, guided tours, and opportunities for on-site study in locales of historic and contemporary significance in Korea. This program is made possible through the generous financial support of the Freeman Foundation and the Academy of Korean Studies.

Preference will be given to applicants whose statement of purpose best matches the eligibility criteria for the category for which they are applying. For details, please refer to the application form <> .

The East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University is pleased to announce that applications for 2012 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop is now available online.  Now in its 14th year, the workshop will take place on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington July 8–13, 2012. The application deadline is March 5, 2012. For more details and for the application, please visit: direct questions to Cathy Gao (, Outreach Coordinator at the East Asian Studies Center.

  ♦  Museum Exhibitions on Asia

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens: Music in the Garden

The Chinese garden "Music in the Garden program" will continue every Wednesday through June 2012. Visitors will be able to enjoy the sounds of traditional Chinese music on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the garden.  A different solo musician will perform each week, playing unamplified melodies on classical instruments including the dizi 笛子, sheng 笙, pipa 琵琶, erhu二胡, and guzheng 古箏. 

Winter/Spring 2011-2012

Yunhe Liang 梁云河 on erhu – Wednesday 12/28, 1/25, 2/22, 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/13

Qichao Liu 劉起超 on dizi and sheng – Wednesday 1/4, 2/1, 2/29, 3/28, 4/25, 5/23, 6/20

Meiye Ma 馬梅椰 on pipa – Wednesday 1/18, 2/8, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 5/30, 6/27

Langchou Chu 朱朗洲 on guzheng – Wednesday 12/21, 1/11, 2/15, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/6

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

The Chinese American Museum`s Remembering Angel Island exhibition commemorates the 100th year anniversary of the opening of Angel Island Immigration Station through its history, legacy, and unforgettable stories.

Dates: 06/16/2010 - 01/31/2012                                                                                                                                                                                                      Address: 425 N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 485-8567

Remembering Angel Island exhibition commemorates the 100th year anniversary of the opening of Angel Island Immigration Station through its history, legacy, and unforgettable stories. Constructed in 1910 in the heart of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island Immigration Station processed more than one million immigrants from over 80 countries—including 175,000 Chinese—during its 30 years of operations before burning down in 1940.

Remembering Angel Island provides a bracing look into the hope and heartache of this seminal chapter of America’s immigrant history through historic photographs, a reproduction of a poem carved on the barracks of Angel Island, coaching papers, artifacts, and a multi-media station featuring a mock interrogation and personal stories of those who endured or were profoundly affected by the Angel Island experience.

 Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

LACMA holds an exhibition on Ai Weiwei`s recent zodiac work.

Dates: 08/20/2011 - 02/12/2012                                                                                                                                                                                                         Location: LACMA North Piazza
Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cost: Free

The Zodiac Project is Ai Weiwei`s first major public sculpture. For this monumental new work, Weiwei has recreated the famous twelve bronze animal heads that once adorned the Zodiac Fountain in Yuan Ming Yuan, the Old Summer Palace, in Beijing. Cast around 1750, the original heads were looted by Anglo-French troops who took part in the destruction of Yuan Ming Yuan in 1860 during the Second Opium War. The heads remain a potent trigger for Chinese nationalist sentiments. Weiwei`s new work suggests a dialogue about the fate of art objects that exist within dynamic and sometimes volatile cultural and political settings.

Ai Weiwei is known for his constant engagement with Chinese history as a shifting site rather than a static body of knowledge. With his subversive wit, the artist adapts objects from the Chinese material canon going back to antiquity, twisting traditional meanings toward new purposes. Wei Wei`s continuous exploration of the historical object finds great resonance with the encyclopedic collection of LACMA, which includes Chinese art from the Neolithic to the Qing Dynasty period.

Ai Weiwei grew up the son of acclaimed poet Ai Qing and spent several years as a child exiled in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. He spent more than a decade in New York, returning to China in 1993. He was detained in April, 2011, for close to three months before being charged with tax evasion and released on bail. He is currently prohibited from leaving Beijing. He has become an international symbol of the ongoing struggle for freedom of expression and dissent.


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