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Teaching about Asia: July 2010

The USC US-China Institute's monthly newsletter for educators.
July 15, 2010


USC U.S.-China Institute

Teaching About Asia Newsletter

July 2010


During the NCTA 2010 Summer Study Tour of East Asia, Joshep Chan plays violin along with students at the Dandelion School in Beijing.The Dandelion School is a private, donation supported middle school for the children of migrant workers.

During the month of July,  USCI/NCTA hosts the 2010 Summer Study Tour of East Asia.  Teachers that participated in any of our proffessional development seminars qualify to apply.  Participants are selected based on how eagerly and effectively they incorporate East Asia content into their curricula. Participants utilize their study tour experience in the classroom by completing a curriculum assignment upon their return.The study tour is an excellent learning opportunity that allows teachers to visit and explore  various countries and cities in East Asia in only three weeks. The month of July continues to  celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. It is during this time that we commemorate the soldiers and veterans who took part in the Korean War- one of the most tragic events in modern day history!  The Korean War has profound meaning to the Korean people as it resulted in the freedom and independence of modern day Korea. This newsletter includes several resources and information focusing on the Korean War to help teachers and educators can implement the Korean War into their lesson plans and classroom. Our summer residential seminar and our fall seminars include sessions focusing on the struggles on the Korean peninsula.  

Participation in the summer seminar is restricted to California teachers at schools more than 30 miles from USC. Our USCI/NCTA 2010 Summer Residential Seminar is a nine-day program based at USC. It focuses on "East Asia Since 1800" and is for teachers seeking to learn how to implement East Asian studies throughout K-12 curriculum. The seminar offers resources and materials for teachers to use in their classrooms. Please share news of this opportunity with colleagues throughout California.  The schedule for our fall seminars is not yet out. We will post them to our Asia in the K-12 Curriculum page as soon as they are set and of course we’ll include them in the Teaching about Asia newsletter.

Included in this newsletter are free resources available to K-12 educators offered by the Asian Art Museum and the Getty Museum. Global Exploration for Educators Organization also provides learning opportunities for teachers by encouraging and helping them to travel abroad. The organization provides resources to help teachers use their travel learning experiences and incorporate them in the classroom. Another learning opportunity for teachers included in this newsletter is the Heritage Language Workshop for K-16 Teachers of Less Commonly Taught Languages, a five-day workshop focusing on heritage language instruction is also a great opportunity.  

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and encourage them to subscribe by visiting the USCI website`s newsletter subscription page and selecting the "K-12 Education" subscriber category.

In this issue:

USCI/NCTA 2010 Summer Residential Seminar- "East Asia Since 1800"
California Events
Asia in Los Angeles - Citywide events
Learning Opportunities  and Resources for Teachers
Museum Exhibitions on Asia

USCI/NCTA 2010 Summer Residential Seminar - "East Asia Since 1800"

⇒ USCI-NO-Cost Summer Residential Seminar: East Asia Since 1800

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010, or until seminar is full

The USC U.S. – China Institute (USCI) and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) are offering a nine-day residential summer seminar for educators employed outside of the greater Los Angeles area. The seminar will be held at USC and participants housed at the USC Radisson Hotel. 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 USC Davidson Conference Center from 9 am to 3 pm from Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 6 and Monday, August 9 to Thursday, August 12, 2010. For these meeting days, participants will be provided with housing and parking at the USC Radisson Hotel, as well as breakfast and refreshments. One seminar meeting day (TBD) will be devoted to an all-expenses-paid field trip to Asia-specific cultural sites around Los Angeles.

Seminar Benefits include:

                            -$200 in East Asian reference and teaching materials 
                            -$200 East Asia-focused resource materials for use in the classroom
                            -$500 Stipend 
                            -Six USC Rossier School of Education Continuing Education Units (CEUs), processing fee applicable

To Apply:

California Events

⇒  California Council for Social Studies -  Calling for Proposals to present at "Boom and Bust: Celebrating 50 Years of Social Studies"

Date: March 4-6, 2011
Location:Doubletree Hotel Sacramento, California
Deadline: July 31, 2010

The next California Council for Social Studies conference is in Sacramento March 4-6, 2011. Please consider proposing a panel on teaching about Asia. USC NCTA alumni are eligible for small grants to defray the cost of attending such conferences to present lessons/strategies/materials developed to teach about East Asia.

There are many possible panel topics. One that plays on an important anniversary is the 100th anniversary of China`s 1911 revolution. Other possibilities might include presentations on the role of the Olympics and World Expos in shaping domestic and international perceptions of host cities and peoples.

The title of the conference is "Boom and Bust: Celebrating 50 Years of Social Studies."
Details about the conference and how to propose a panel are at:

   ♦  Asia in Los Angeles - Citywide events

             ⇒  Chinese Brush Painting

Date: July 17 - August 21, 2010
Time: Every Saturday, 10 am to noon
Location: The Huntington Library, Friends’ Hall
Address: 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108
Cost: Members: $15. Non-Members: $20

The Huntington Library presents conductor Huang Ruo and the Future In Reverse (FIRE) ensemble. Hailed by The New Yorker as “one of the most intriguing of the new crop of Asian-American composers,” acclaimed composer and conductor Huang Ruo and members of the Future In Reverse (FIRE) ensemble will perform works from Ruo’s concert and film repertoire.  Huang Ruo’s pieces draw inspiration from Chinese folk, Western avant-garde, rock, and jazz.

This evening is made possible through the Arlene and George Cheng Family Fund.

⇒  Reyner Banham Loves L.A.: The New Chinatowns

Date: August 7, 2010
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Location: Philippe The Original
Address: 1001 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: $58

"The New Chinatowns" bus tour rolls through Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead and (mainly) Monterey Park exploring significant people, remarkable places and delicious delicacies. Explore the region`s fascinating history, from the land and oil booms of the 1920s, its halcyon postwar days as a suburban outpost for lower middle class Angelenos, the birthplace of the Hula Hoop (Wham-o Industries), to the “white flight” of the 1970s which created the vacuum that facilitated the first wave of migration from China.

Tickets can be ordered online until the morning of the tour. For last minute bookings, please call 213-915-8687 after 8am on tour day, and if there are seats available, you can reserve a spot and pay with cash at the bus.

Sponsor: Philippe The Original


  ♦  Learning Opportunities and Resources for Teachers

⇒  Resources in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

The U.S. National Archives: includes documents, teaching activities, standards correlations, worksheets, and other excellent resources that are of great use for teachers in the classroom. Please visit the website for access to these resources.

Unforgettable: The Korean War: this film on the Korean War aired on PBS. The website includes video clips of the film, that can be used in the classroom.

Report of the No Gun Ri: this website includes information regarding the No Gun Ri incident that took place in 1950 when American soldiers fired on refugees fleeing to the south.

China rewrites history of Korean War: The Chinese government has recently reworked its own version of the start of the Korean war. This website provides detailed information.

Foreign Friends: North Korea: This website includes Chinese propaganda posters about North Korea and supporting North Korea in the war.

They Chose China: An interesting film was made 50 years after the Korean war about the American prisoners of war who decided to stay in China. This link provides information about the film. The film can be seen on YouTube.

MacArthur (PBS American Experience Documentary) –  This is another great documentary that can be implemented in the classroom to include asian related themes. It is mostly about the Pacific War and the occupation of Japan, but also about his battles with President Truman over Korea.

⇒  Heritage Language Workshop for K-16 Teachers of Less Commonly Taught Languages

Date: July 19-23, 2010
Location: Center for World Languages
Address:1333 Rolfe Hall, Box 951411, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free, Apply by May 14, 2010

This  five-day workshop is designed to address issues at the heart of heritage language teaching, including the differences between teaching L2 and HL learners, differentiated instruction, learner strategies, assessment, using the 5 Cs in heritage instruction, and more. Workshop participants will create and present a final group project for their language. There is no charge for the workshop. A limited number of stipends will be available to cover travel and accommodations for out-of-state participants.

STARTALK sponsored languages are: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Additional spaces are available for other less commonly taught languages. Instructors from K-16 programs and community schools are invited to apply.For more information contact:

To apply: fill out the online form at  by May 14, 2010.

⇒  Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS): A Teacher Training Institute

Date: July 26-30, 2010
Location: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

The PASS Teacher Training Institute will describe PASS criteria and standards for curriculum design, assessment construction, and effective instruction and will provide participants with the materials and expertise necessary to lead their own PASS training workshops in their schools and school districts. In small learning communities, participants will examine videotaped K-12 vignettes of teaching and create examples of curriculum units and assessment tasks to share with their learning community. This institute will interest social studies professionals at all educational levels. Workshop fee, which includes snacks and lunch during the institute, PASS training materials, and continuing education credit, is $695.00 for NCSS members and $725 for non-members.

For more information or to register, please visit

⇒  Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps and encourages educators to travel abroad. GEEO hopes to make America more outward-looking by helping teachers travel and then giving them an effective way to share these experiences in their classrooms. GEEO is now taking reservations for summer travel programs to India, Panama, Peru, Tunisia, Southern Africa (South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe) and China.

Educators can earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world. Trips are designed for teachers and include activities such as school visits and homestays that give participants authentic exposure to local culture. Trips are also deeply discounted so as to be affordable to teachers. GEEO also helps teachers find funding to subsidize the cost of the trips.

Additional information can be found here:

⇒  Asian Art Museum- Educator Resources

The Asian Art Museum offers a variety of resources for teachers to use in the classroom. The museum’s resource collection includes resource packets, curriculum books, children’s literature, Asian art history books and educational videos. The museum has several packets prepared for teachers. Hard copy versions are available for purchase, but pdf downloads are free.

For more information about Asian Art Museum resources, please call (415) 581-3663 or email

The Getty offers curriculum that addresses the science of art production, conservation, and scholarship using the Getty`s artworks and conservation practices.  Teachers have access to lessons that are divided into beginning, intermediate, and advanced-level activities that act as scaffolds for step-by-step learning. Middle and high school teachers can use less advanced activities to review student understanding of basic principles required for the more complex activities. Grade-specific connections to national and California state content standards are applicable. Science and art teachers can collaborate when implementing these lessons to share resources and expertise.  The resources provided by the Getty allow for a range of lesson plans for teachers to implement in the classroom.

For a listing of lesson plans visit: Art and Science: A curriculum for K-12 Teachers

⇒  Resources for the 60th Anniversity of the Start of the Korean War

US National Archives – documents about the war, includes info on fitting lessons/materials to learning standards 

Unforgettable: The Korean War – this film just aired on PBS, the website has clips and other resources.

US Army report on the No Gun Ri incident in July 1950 when American soldiers fired on refugees fleeing to the south

MacArthur (PBS American Experience documentary) – mostly about the Pacific War and the occupation of Japan, but also about his battles with Pres. Truman over Korea.

The Chinese government has recently reworked its own version of the start of the Korean war:

Chinese propaganda posters about North Korea and supporting North Korea in the war:

An interesting film was made 50 years after the Korean war about the American prisoners of war who decided to stay in China. Here’s information about the film:

The film can be seen on YouTube:

It is also available from the Canadian National Film Board website:

♦  Museum Exhibitions on Asia

⇒  Bowers Museum - Secrets of the Silk Road

Dates: Through July 25, 2010

Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; open late the fourth Thursday of every month until 8:00 pm
Admission: Adults $18; seniors (62+), students and children (6-17) $16; children under 6 free
Education coordinator: Linda Kahn, 714-567-3679

This landmark exhibition features more than 150 objects relating to all aspects of the people and cultures of the Silk Road during its early period. The legendary trade route linked Xian, the then-capitol of China in the East, to major Mediterranean cities in the West such as Rome and Baghdad.  For more on the exhibit, log on to

⇒  Pacific Asia Museum - China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970

Dates: August 5, 2010 to February 6, 2011

Location: 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Admission: General $9; students/seniors $7; free every 4th Friday of the month

China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970 demonstrates how political ideologies and cultural values are transmitted via everyday objects, with a selection of over 100 iconic pieces. The exhibition focuses on the creation of advertising images, along with commodities, and things made for the modern home in two main periods: `Cosmopolitan Capitalism: Shanghai Under the Republic, 1910-1949` and `A Revolution in Culture: Designing the People’s Republic, 1949-1970`.

⇒  Art Institute of Chicago - Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century  

Dates: July 25 to October 3, 2010

Location: Regenstein West, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60603-6404
Admission: General $18; children, students/seniors $14

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, and influential figures in the history of photography. This exhibition of nearly 300 images is the first full retrospective devoted to Cartier-Bresson in three decades. It includes both his formally groundbreaking early images and his historically significant postwar work—in India and Indonesia during struggles for independence, in China during the revolution, in the Soviet Union following Stalin’s death—that redefined the field of photojournalism. It is organized by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition will then travel to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (November 6, 2010-January 30, 2011) and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (February 19-May 29, 2011).                                                                       

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