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Teaching about Asia, June 2010

The USC US-China Institute's monthly newsletter for educators.
June 4, 2010


USC U.S.-China Institute

Teaching About Asia Newsletter

June 2010


The Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet of Korea, marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.
(Photograph: courtesy of Korean War 60th Anniversary Memorial Committee)

The month of June 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. Today Korea stands as one of the strongest, most prosperous and wealthy democratic nations in the world. Various nations and organizations throughout the world do their part in celebrating the anniversary. The Korean War 60th Anniversary Memorial Committee celebrates with The Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet of Korea on a 16 nation tour of all the nations that participated by sending their troops to the Korean War.  If you would like further information and resources on the Korean War please visit Mike Chinoy’s work on "Method in North Korea`s Madness" or his recent interview on BBC.

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.

Another learning opportunity for teachers included in this newsletter is the 19th Annual World History Association Conference taking place in San Diego for college and K-12 educators in California. 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.  

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.

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
Teachers 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

⇒  19th Annual World History Association Conference

Date: June 24 - 27, 2010
Location: San Diego Marriott Mission Valley,  San Diego, California
Deadline: June 7, 2010

The World History Association is offering a special conference rate for College, University, and K-12 teachers in California. The special registration rate of $150 includes a complimentary one-year 2010 membership to the WHA. This offer is for new members only. Register early as enrollment is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration must be received by JUNE 7, 2010.

 A few of the benefits of membership: subscriptions to the award-winning quarterly, the Journal of World History and the semi-annual World History Bulletin; opportunities to share and develop curricula for all levels; unparalleled regional and global networking and collaboration; and more. Please note, WHA membership runs on a calendar year basis (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2010), all back issues of the two publications will be sent to you. This will bring you up-to-date with the rest of the membership for 2010.

The 2010 World History Association Conference, co-sponsored by San Diego State University, Southwestern College, and the Southwestern College Foundation, will offer a variety of excellent keynote speakers, great panelists, stimulating discussions, an opportunity to commune with colleagues in the field, nightly receptions, and more.

Graduate level extension semester credits are
available through the University of San Diego. 

More information and registration form can be found HERE or by contacting:

⇒  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

             ⇒  Sonic Garden: An Evening with Composer Huang Ruo

Date: June 5, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
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.

⇒  Authors on Asia

Date: June 22, 2010
Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00pm
Location: Pacific Asia Museum
Address: 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena,CA
Cost: $9 general; $7 seniors/students

William Dalrymple discusses and signs “Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India.” In this moving and insightful new book, historian and travel writer Dalrymple delivers first hand views on the people of India and the effects of contemporary change on their traditional forms of religious life. For his museum presentation, he includes a particular focus on Sufism. The event is part of the museum’s Authors on Asia series and is co-sponsored by the museum’s Pakistan Arts Council.

  ♦  Learning Opportunities and Resources for Teachers

⇒  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

♦  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

⇒  Santa Barbara Museum of Art - From India and Beyond: Gifts from Stephen Huyler and the Pal Family Collection

Date: March 6 to June 6, 2010

Location: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am to 5 pm, Closed Mondays
Admission: Adults $9, Seniors (age 65+) $6, Students with ID $6, Ages 6-17 $6, Under 6 free

The Museum`s Indian collection includes gifts from two prominent scholars of Indian art: Dr. Stephen Huyler and Dr. Pratapaditya Pal. This exhibition, covering a span of 4,000 years, celebrates diversity in Indian art, highlighting sculptures made of clay, stone, and bronze, and paintings of various schools.  Hindu and Buddhist works of art from Kashmir, Nepal, and Tibet are also included.  

⇒  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`.

⇒  Pacific Asia Museum- Silk Road Storytime  

Dates: June 5, 2010 ( Or first Saturday of every month)

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

This family event takes place the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 am, held about three times a year. For this one of a kind, exclusive event, gather in the travelers’ tent for fabulous tales from along the Silk Road. Family events are some of the most popular at Pacific Asia Museum.Event is included with admission.

♦  Teachers on Asia

Teachers of all levels and subjects are invited to join our "Asia in My Classroom" web forum. To become a registered user (enabling you to post to the board), please e-mail us your request along with your name, school, and the grades and subjects you teach. What teachers have been talking about:

⇒ Mining YouTube: “I agree that YouTube has great resources. I use it in my K class a lot and it is blocked in my district, too. I use SaveYouTube and download the videos I want to use, put them on my [usb flash drive] and show them to the class. Here is the link: or do a search for SaveYouTube. There are other programs out there that do the same thing. They have worked very well for me.”

- Ellana Selig, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

⇒ On benefits of this seminar:I learned a lot about Korea from Dr. Jung-Kim (from the sessions on Korea). She certainly painted a different picture of American involvment in Korea than I was aware of. You don`t get this information from the newspapers or television coverage. Her lecture reassured me that North and South Korea were much less combative towards one another than I had imagined, and left me wondering about our government`s role in immediately laying the blame on North Korea. " 

- Nancy Stansbury, Manhattan Beach Middle School                                                                     

⇒  On MIT "Visualizing Cultures" website:"It is everything Dr. Morgan Pitelka (our distinguished speaker on Japan) said it would be and more! It is so easy to navigate and has so much great information. It has a very cool feature where all you have to do is to roll over a painting and it gives you a brief overview. Then when you click on the painting it provides background, narratives and a pdf version of the painting. So wonderful!"      

- Ellana Selig, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

 ⇒  On films in class: "I enjoy all films recommended in the seminar. My district has a very restrictive film policy. Instead of watching an entire movie, just pick a segment and use that to springboard into your ideas. This way you can avoid any controversial issues that might occur and could get the movie approved more easily."                                      

 - Diane Paull, Educational Partnership High School                                                                            

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