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Teaching About Asia: June 2011

The USC US-China Institute's monthly newsletter for educators.
June 15, 2011


USC U.S.-China Institute

Teaching About Asia Newsletter

June 2011


   (Participant Teachers of the 2010 Summer Residential Seminar at the Huntington Botanical Garden)
Apply Now to the 2011 Summer Residential Seminar at USC

 Dear [[firstname]], 

          The June Teaching About Asia Newsletter brings useful news and  resources.  First we invite applications for our August 1-11 Summer Residential Seminar. The first fifteen to apply will receive a gift bag containing valuable teaching essentials in addition to the seminar benefits! Detailed information is below. Please consider this great opportunity and if you have already participated in this seminar, please share this information with colleagues. Past seminar participants who help recruit a teacher for the summer seminar will receive a USC U.S.-China Institute mug! (Please ensure your name and contact information is on applicant`s submission to receive your gift) 

          During the summer break, please check out the 1001 Inventions Exhibit at the California Science Center, which has received numerous awards since its opening in London. The Bowers Museum is currently exhibiting Japanese paintings from the EDO (Tokugawa) period. At terrific current exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum uses Hindu/Buddhist art to illustrate how specialists use scientific methods to determine the origin and dates of objects.

          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:

Upcoming Seminar: 2011 USC U.S.-China Institute Summer Residential Seminar

City Events
Learning Opportunities  and Resources for Teachers
Museum Exhibitions on Asia
Teachers on Asia 


     ♦  Current Seminar Open for Enrollment

             USCI/NCTA  2011 Summer Residential Seminar "East Asia from Origins to 1800"- USC     (August 1 to August 11, 2011, no session during the weekend) 

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 K-12 educators employed outside of the greater Los Angeles area.

***To be eligible to apply, you must teach at a school located more than 30 miles from USC. 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. 

The deadline for application acceptance is Friday, July 8, or until the seminar is full.  We will begin reviewing applications and admitting participants in early June.

Benefits: $500 stipend, free resource materials,  USC Continuing Education Units
The first fifteen to apply will receive a gift bag containing valuable teaching essentials in addition to the seminar benefits! A free USC U.S.-China Institute mug will be given to past participants who recruit a teacher for our Summer Residential Seminar! (Please make sure your name and contact information is on applicnt`s submission to receive gift)

*Bag content will vary.


DOWNLOAD the USCI/NCTA  2011 Summer Residential Seminar Application.
In addition to the completed application form, you will need to submit:

A short 1-2 page resume (curriculum vita) that includes a list of your educational and work experience
A letter from your school principal confirming your teaching assignment
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
Submit application materials:

USC U.S.-China Institute
Attn: K-12 Outreach
3535 S. Figueroa St., FIG 202
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1262

(213) 821-2382


    ♦  City Events 

  Asia Rising and the Rise of Asian America

Date: June 17-19, 2011
Cost: Tickets: Members $59; Guests of Members $69; General Admission $84; Table of Ten $590
Location: Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College
Address: 333 North College Way , Claremont, CA 91711
"Asia Rising and the Rise of Asian America"
JUNE 17 - 19, 2011
Sponsored by Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) & Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS)
Hosted by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College
Asia’s Rise
Asian societies and cultures are experiencing unprecedented change and are having a palpable impact on the direction of global affairs. Asia is the most populous geographic region, with 56 percent of the world’s population. The Asian economy today encompasses 33 percent of real world GDP—surpassing the size of either Europe or North America. Asia’s political influence is also on the rise. Of the Group of Twenty (G-20) nations currently managing the global economy, there are five Asian members (China, Japan, South Korea, India, and Indonesia), a substantial increase of Asian representation at the global level over the old G-8, which had Japan as the only Asian representative. And one cannot overlook how the rapid rise of China and India is unavoidably changing the international security order.
With successful development comes environmental cost. In a world with limited oil reserves, three of the top four oil importing countries are in Asia. China’s growth now makes it the world’s largest contributor to climate change. Asia also confronts harsh natural resource constraints. The demand for fresh water is already unmet in many places and will exceed supply by at least 20 percent across the entire region by 2025. However, Asia may be in a position to address these problems. It leads in many areas of innovation and problem solving: three of the top four patent-filing countries are Asian; the US is number two on the list. Finally, Asia also makes leading contributions to world culture. Asian cuisine is changing the world’s taste for fine food, Asian corporations set the standard in consumer products, and Asian fashion designers and film makers attract international attention and awards. Other leading cultural contributions come in music, religion, literature, architecture, and the fine arts, redefining how human civilization regards itself.
Rising Asian America
Globalization ensures that the impact of Asia’s rise is not limited to Asia. In a very real sense it is changing America at home. In Southern California and other parts of the country, an increasing number of Asians and those of Asian heritage establish their lives and form communities, raising issues of changing identity, power relations, and hybridity in culture. Yet the impact of Asians and those of Asian heritage born here in America has received relatively little attention. Therefore, we include “Asian America” in our scope of interest and invite proposals from those who can expand our knowledge in this area as well.
Contact: Kayo Yoshikawa
Phone: 909-607-7467
Sponsor(s): Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) & Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS)
Date: June 26, 2011
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Location: Pacific Asia Museum
Address: 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Bea Roberts, author of Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China, speaks on the village life, traditional customs and costumes of the people of Guizhou.
Contact: (626) 449-2742 


     ♦  Learning Opportunities and Resources for Teachers

Shaolin Summit: Zen, Power of the Mind, and Martial Arts

Chan Buddhism (zen in Japanese, son in Korean) originated at Shaolin Temple in north central China. On Saturday, May 21, 2011 you can hear from the temple`s abbot, as well as a distinguished panel looking at medical, psychological, and other aspects of Shaolin practice. It should be a great afternoon. For more information:

FCCEAS 2011 Japan study tour application

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies (the Center) is one of many programs administered by Five Colleges, Incorporated, a consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Center`s outreach efforts include a highly successful multi-year project, the National  Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), funded by the Freeman Foundation.

For information on the 2011 JAPAN STUDY-TOUR PROGRAM, please download the Application form and the Assumption of Risk form in the desired format in:

Newseum Unveils Digital Classroom

The Newseum (Washington DC) has just announced a new online site for teachers.

The Digital Classroom utilizes 12 of the most popular videos (and accompanying resources) from the museum..The videos and resources are designed to bring news literacy, journalism and history to students.

The URL is

You will be directed to register where you will be sent a password and a Survey Monkey evaluation.

The 12 videos cover the following topics: The First Amendment, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bias, Edward R Murrow, Getting It Right, The Digital Revolution, News Apps, The Press and Civil Rights, Running Toward Danger, Sources, Watergate,What`s News.

Resources include: introductions, essential questions, links NCTE standards, links to web sources, and an extensive viewing guide.

    ♦  Museum Exhibitions on Asia

  Bowers Museum: Japanese Masterpieces from the Price Collection

Dates: June 18 - Julu 17, 2011
Location:  2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706
Admission: Adults $12, Seniors and Students $ 9, Children under 6 yrs are Free

During the Edo Period (18th century) the great Japanese urban centers of Tokyo and Kyoto experienced a cultural efflorescence that lead to significant developments in art and aesthetics. The great artists of the time were rigorously trained and disciplined in their skills, leading to an unrivaled level of talent, ability, and accomplished pride. The paintings of Nagasawa Rosetsu, Maruyama Okyo, Mori Sosen, Suzuki Kiitsu and others included in this exhibition exemplify the exuberance and expression of Edo Period art. Their captivating imagery includes lovely courtesans in flowing fabrics, ferocious tigers, and serene images of nature among other subjects

  Norton Simon Museum: Where Art Meets Scienc: Ancient Sculpture from the Hindu/Buddhist World 

Dates: April 22 - August 1, 2011
Location: 411 W. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $5, Students and Children are Free

Before ancient objects enter a museum collection, they often travel vast distances and endure various periods of use, disuse, loss, and rediscovery. Their original meaning and function can become lost or obscured. For this reason, museums conduct extensive research on all objects entering their collections. Curators and conservators faithfully survey objects for any hints about their origins and provenance to ensure their overall general health, factual documentation and preservation. Where Art Meets Science: Ancient Sculpture from the Hindu-Buddhist World, a focused exhibition of primarily Cambodian sculpture from the Norton Simon foundations’ permanent collections, examines the connoisseurship and conservation involved in identifying and preserving these ancient objects. 

A collaboration between the museum’s assistant curator of Asian art, Melody N. Rod-ari, and its conservator, John Griswold, this small installation explores how the place of origin and date of an object can be determined by the rendering of drapery pleats, hairstyles and ornaments of iconic statuary from South and Southeast Asia dating from the 3rd through 13th centuries. Furthermore, analytical methods to help identify traces of pigments, binders, and applied organic materials will be introduced, as will a discussion about distinguishing ancient tool marks from later ones.


  The Getty Museum: Gods of Angkor

Dates: February 22 - August 14, 2011
Location:  Getty Center1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90049
Admission: Free

The ancient capital of the Khmer people at Angkor, in northwest Cambodia, was once the heart of a large sphere of influence that extended over much of mainland Southeast Asia. The bronzes in this exhibition—masterworks from the collection of the National Museum of Cambodia—represent the achievements of Khmer artists during the Angkor period (the ninth through the 15th centuries).

Bronze, a mixture of metals consisting primarily of copper and tin, was a preferred medium for giving form to the Hindu and Buddhist divinities worshipped in Angkor and throughout the Khmer empire. The Khmer have always viewed bronze as a noble material, connoting prosperity and success, and it has played a deeply meaningful role in their culture over many centuries.

 ⇒  1001 Inventions Exhibit

Dates: May 27 - December 31, 2011
Location:  California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Admission: Free

Many people know that in the 16th century Jesuit missionaries were able to use science to gain access to China. Chinese rulers found their map making and astronomy skills useful. What most people don’t realize is that Jesuits moved into territory that had been occupied by Muslim scientists. Those scientists had inherited the immense knowledge preserved from the ancient Greeks or developed in the Muslim world during the middle ages. Teachers in the Los Angeles area have a terrific opportunity to learn more about this at a current exhibition at the California Science Center. Entitled 1001 Inventions, the exhibition opens May 27 and runs to December 31. It is FREE. It features videos, interactive exhibits, and more. Hillary Clinton introduces the exhibition, which includes a 20 foot tall replica of Al-Jazari’s 13th century elephant clock (pictured at left) and a lot more. This exhibition’s strengths include the information about parallel developments elsewhere. The exhibition opened in London and received numerous awards.

For more information please visit:

 ⇒   Pacific Asia Museum: Through the Colonial Lens- Photographs of 19th and 20th Century India

Dates: February 3 - September 4, 2011
Location: 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Admission: $9 for General Admission, $7 for Students and Seniors, Free for Children Ages 11 and Under

This exhibition will feature more than 70 images in 2 rotations selected for both their striking imagery and for what they reveal about the dynamism of India in this era. Through the Colonial Lens looks at the history of photography in India from its early adoption dating from the 1840s through the early 1900s. The exhibition will also explore themes of the subjective view, consumption of images and photography’s growing prominence over earlier forms of media.

  ⇒   Pacific Asia Museum: Meiji, Japan Rediscovered

Dates: March 31, 2011 - February 26, 2012
Location: 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Admission: $9 for General Admission, $7 for Students and Seniors, Free for Children Ages 11 and Under

In the Toshie and Frank Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art

Meiji: Japan Rediscovered explores the vibrant connection between Japan and the West during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Meiji is one of the most dynamic eras in Japanese political and cultural history, as Japanese artists in all fields rediscovered and re-imagined their own history in response to the “opening” of the country to Europe and America. Recently, scholars and collectors alike have renewed appreciation for export arts created during this era. The technical virtuosity of these art objects speaks to the formation of a new national identity and the emergence of a vibrant economy at the turn of the 20th century.

The Meiji exhibition focuses on the rich production of art for export, using little seen objects from the Museum’s collection to illustrate new developments in oil painting, woodblock prints, cloisonné, ivory, metalwork, textiles, picture books and ceramics. Also on view are period photographs made primarily for American travelers which point to the prominence of Western tourists and consumers as the audience for this art. The highlight of the exhibition is a stunning single panel screen with a design of a flower basket in the form of a phoenix boat, constructed out of wood, lacquer, ivory, bone, horn, and mother-of-pearl.

    ♦  Teachers on Asia

One of the teachers who completed the NCTA program with our Stanford partner has been honored by his assembly person.

We’re always pleased when talented and hard-working teachers are recognized for the difference they make in the lives of their students. California Assemblyman Luis Alejo did this recently in recognizing Ignacio Ornelas as a distinguished multicultural and bilingual teacher. Ignacio teaches at Alisal High School in Salinas. He completed a National Consortium for Teaching about Asia seminar organized by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-cultural Education. He’s remains an active participant in the NCTA community, attending events at Stanford and bringing more of Asia into his classroom. Congratulations, Ignacio!  

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