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Teaching About Asia: March 2012

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

Teaching About Asia Newsletter

March 2012


   Chinese New Year (xbettyx photo, 2012, Creative Commons)

Dear [[firstname]],

This spring the USC U.S.-China Institute will continue to offer our East Asia Seminars for Educators.  Our "The US and East Asia" continues. Registration for another seminar,  “East Asia: Origins to 1800,” has just opened. It will be based in Pasadena. We especially welcome educators from the San Gabriel Valley to enroll, though others are welcome as well. If you have already participated in one of our seminars, we encourage you to tell a friend or colleague about these opportunities. We are in the process of selecting teachers for our summer study tour to China and Taiwan and will be notifying applicants soon.

Among the new video resources available at our website are presentations on Taiwan’s elections, the Chinese auto industry, and Chinese reaction to a play about the Pentagon Papers. Of special interest is our documentary on media coverage of President Nixon’s 1972 trip to China. Take a look to see luminaries such as Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, Barbara Walters, Tom Jarriel, and Bernard Kalb talk about their efforts to report what was going on. We also have collected many primary source materials about the Nixon opening (including transcripts of Nixon and Zhou Enlai’s conversations and recordings of Nixon speaking with Ronald Reagan and others about Taiwan, the press, his critics, and other topics). These are available along with the formal speeches that were made and the important joint communiqué that still guides U.S.-China relations.

Among our upcoming events is a panel discussion on March 28 Assessing North Korea 100 days after the death of Kim Jong-il. On April 3, we’ll have Rutgers Prof. Qin Shao speak on housing protests in China. You can learn about these events and more in the calendar section of our website.

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  In this issue:
USCI Spring 2012 "Teaching about Asia" Seminar at Pasadena USD Announcement
USCI Events
USC Events
City Events

Learning Opportunities  and Resources for Teachers
Museum Exhibitions on Asia


   ♦  USCI Spring 2012 "Teaching about Asia" Seminars - Apply Now

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)

          Detailed formation can be found on our web page here.

    ♦  USC Events 

A panel discussion on North Korea 100 days after the death of Kim Jong-il will be held at USC.

Date: 3/28/2012
Time: 4PM - 6PM
Location: University of Southern California
Address: Tyler Prize Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Cost: Free
Phone: 213-740-0005

The USC academic community will participate in a panel discussion on the international implications . This panel will feature KSI postdoctoral fellows Sandra Fahy and Ki-young Sung, School of International Relations professors Saori Katada and Daniel Lynch, and Director of the Center for International Studies Patrick James. This panel will be moderated by David Kang.

Contact: USC Korean Studies Institute
Phone: 213-7400-0005

Sponsor(s): USC U.S.-China Institute, USC East Asian Studies Center

Qin Shao examines the ongoing housing reforms in China and how they affect urban protesters as well as their evolving identities.

Date: 04/03/2012
Time: 4PM - 6PM
Location: Doheny Library, Intellectual Commons (Room 233)
Address: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free, please RSVP

Housing reform has been at the core of China’s market economy and its success. Large scale demolition and relocation in urban China has visibly improved the lives of millions but also left hidden human wreckage at its wake. Domicide, violence, corruption, and arbitrary compensation have led to heightened housing dispute and persistent residents protest throughout Chinese cities in the past three decades.

Exploring what else was demolished along with old neighborhoods and what else, other than highrises, has risen at their ruins, this project examines urban protesters and their evolving identities. At once victimized and empowered by the struggle, these resident protesters have collected and produced an impressive body of material to document their own experience in resisting demolition and pursuing justice. Their activities have helped reshape the political landscape from ground up. Based largely on oral history and with images from years of field research in China, the presentation addresses some of the key issues in the field of contemporary China studies, such as whether today`s protesters are "rights conscious" or "rule conscious."The study is part of Qin Shao’s forthcoming book, Shanghai Gone: Demolition and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity.


     ♦  City Events 

  • 2012 Annual Gala Dinner                                                       

Asia Society Southern California hosts the 2012 gala, honoring Sidney Rittenberg, Max Nikias, and Y.H. Cho.

Date: 03/28/2012
Time: 6PM
Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Address: 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2607

Sidney Rittenberg (李敦白Li Dunbai), President, Rittenberg and Associates
C.L. Max Nikias, President of USC
Y.H. Cho, CEO of Korean Air

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
6pm general reception | sponsor reception
7pm dinner and program

Where: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

What: An evening in support of the Asia Society and its innovative programs. The dinner will feature a keynote address from Sidney Rittenberg (李敦白 Lǐ Dūnbái), who will receive the 2012 Visionary of the Year award. After working with China’s top leadership from 1946-1977, Rittenberg has been a consultant to such clients as Intel, Nextel, Levi Strauss, Teledesic, ICO, Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, and the Reverend Billy Graham.

Also honored will be C.L. Max Nikias, President of the University of Southern California, as the 2012 Education Leader of the Year; and Y.H. Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air and Chairman of Hanjin Group, as the 2012 Asian Businessman of the Year.

The Audience: The annual dinner brings together prominent representatives in the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education. Expected attendance is over 400, which is composed of influential leaders and opinion-makers from Southern California and Asia.

The Sponsors: The annual dinner provides a unique opportunity for sponsors to demonstrate their deep interest in Asia to Southern California’s business, civic and academic leaders.

The Asia Society: The Asia Society is the only pan-Asian organization in Southern California working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the US and Asia.

For sponsorship inquiries or to RSVP, please contact Nadiya Conner, Assistant Director at or 213-821-2116.


     ♦  Learning Opportunities and Resources for Teachers

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.

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:  Please direct questions to Cathy Gao (, Outreach Coordinator at the East Asian Studies Center.

Middle and high school educators are invited to apply for a three-week study tour to Japan in July of 2012. Study tour highlights include visits to local schools, homestays with Japanese families, and a wide range of site visits in Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Aichi and Wakayama, as well as a part of the Tohoku region. This opportunity is open to educators worldwide.

Applications due: March 15, 2012

Pre-departure orientation: June 28 – June 30

Tour dates: July 1-July 22

Download the application here.

For additional information, please email or call (212) 715-1275. The official website for the Study Tour can be found here.

The 2012 C-100 Summer Institute on China will be an intensive four-week program from June 18 to July 14, combining a week of lectures and instructional strategy planning in San Mateo with three weeks of travel and study in China. This year, in keeping with the Wanxiang sponsorship, the theme will be “Renewable Energy—Science and Policy.” The Wanxiang Group is a multinational Chinese auto parts and electric car manufacturer.

California science and social science middle and high school teachers are invited to apply before March 23 for the 2012 Summer Institute. For information, contact: Karen Williams, San Mateo County Office of Education, (650) 802-5554, or

   ♦  Museum Exhibitions on Asia

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



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