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Teaching About Asia - October 2009

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October 1, 2009

Teaching About Asia Newsletter

October 2009

We are happy to announce that we will be holding a no-cost professional development seminar on East Asia this fall for K-12 educators in the South Bay.  Teachers in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, Torrance, Carson, Lawndale, Long Beach, Inglewood, Lynwood, Compton, Paramount and surrounding areas interested in receiving free teaching and resource materials, USC Continuing Education Units and a $500 stipend are invited to sign up for our USCI/NCTA Fall 2009 "East Asia Since 1800" seminar - South Bay.  Over nine sessions, participants will learn about social, economic and political transitions in China, Japan and Korea from the nineteenth century to the present.  See below for more information or click here for the seminar application - all applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

Do you enjoy Chinese martial arts films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?  Do your students listen to Japanese or Korean pop music?  Do you wonder about the cultural meaning of Japanese animated films or comic books?  Sign up for our upcoming one-day workshop on "Images of East Asia" and join other educators in exploring the visual cultures of East Asia and how they are influencing popular culture at large.  The workshop will be held at the UTLA building in Los Angeles on December 5 from 9 am to 4 pm and we will be providing free parking, breakfast and lunch.  See below for additional detail.  We hope to see you there!

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In this issue:

♦  USCI/NCTA Fall 2009 "East Asia Since 1800" Seminar - South Bay  ♦
♦  USCI One-Day Workshop on "Images of East Asia"  ♦
Learning Resources and Opportunities for Teachers  ♦

♦  Museum Exhibitions on Asia  ♦
♦  Teachers on Asia  ♦



♦  USCI/NCTA Fall 2009 "East Asia Since 1800" Seminar - South Bay




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 in the South Bay.

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 alternatively at the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD) office and Pacific Elementary School on five Monday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30 pm and three Saturdays from 10 am to 3:30 pm.  For these meeting days, participants will be provided with free parking, as well as complimentary refreshments.  

*As part of the seminar curriculum, participants are required to attend "Images of East Asia," a one-day workshop on visual cultures on Saturday, December 5, from 9 am to 4 pm.  Addition information will be provided upon seminar enrollment.  

Seminar Content

Focusing on helping teachers address the California history, social studies, and language arts standards, we will offer presentations on the history and culture of East Asia, as well as discuss how case studies can be used to explore a variety of issues.

Sessions include discussions of primary source materials as well as literature and film recommendations.

Among the topics covered will be:

Geography / Premodern China, Japan, and Korea
(philosophy, social structure, key institutions)

19th Century Domestic and External Challenges

War, Revolution, and Nation-Making

Economic Development and Social / Cultural Change

Relations with the United States

21st Century Challenges and Opportunities

Web Research / Web Collaboration




Seminar Schedule



USCI 2009-2010 “East Asia Since 1800” seminar – South Bay
November 7, 2009 to February 22, 2010

Date & Time

Meeting Location

Topic / Speaker

1.  Saturday,
November 7, 2009
10 am to 3:30 pm

MBUSD District Office Board Room

¨  Introduction / Geography of East Asia

¨  China: 19th Century
Clayton Dube, USC U.S.-China Institute

2.  Monday,
November 16, 2009
5 pm to 7:30 pm

Pacific Elementary School Art Room (Room 11)

¨  China : 1900 to 1949
Clayton Dube

3.  Monday,
November 23, 2009
5 pm to 7:30 pm

MBUSD District Office Board Room

¨  China: 1949 to 1976
Clayton Dube

*4.  Saturday,
December 5, 2009
9 am to 4 pm

UTLA Building
3303 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

¨  “Images of East Asia” one-day
teacher training workshop

(mandatory for seminar participants)

5.  Monday,
December 14, 2009
5 pm to 7:30 pm

Pacific Elementary School Art Room (Room 11)

¨  China: 1976 to present
Clayton Dube

6.  Saturday,
January 16, 2010
10 am to 3:30 pm

MBUSD District Office Board Room

¨  Japan: The Meiji Transition

¨  Imperial Japan and the Pacific War
Morgan Pitelka, Occidental College

7.  Monday,
January 25, 2010
5 pm to 7:30 pm

Pacific Elementary School Art Room (Room 11)

¨  Japan: Postwar Growth and Crisis
Morgan Pitelka

8.  Saturday,
February 6, 2010
10 am to 3:30 pm

MBUSD District Office Board Room

¨  Korea to 1945

¨  Korea since 1945
Jennifer Jung-Kim, UCLA

9.  Monday,
February 22, 2010
5 pm to 7:30 pm

Pacific Elementary School Art Room (Room 11)

¨  Conclusion
Clayton Dube









Seminar Benefits

Individuals who successfully complete the seminar and its follow-up requirements receive: 

⇒  $500 stipend

⇒  $200 in East Asian reference and teaching materials

⇒  Two LAUSD multicultural salary points (if applicable) OR six USC Rossier School of Education Continuing Education Units (CEUs) (processing fee applicable for CEUs)



Seminar Locations

 Manhattan Beach Unified School District office
325 South Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Map and Directions

Pacific Elementary School
1200 Pacific Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Map and Directions


DOWNLOAD the USCI/NCTA 2009 "East Asia Since 1800" Seminar - South Bay APPLICATION FORM in:


In addition to the completed application form, you will need to submit:

  1. A short 1-2 page resume (curriculum vita) that includes a list of your educational and work experience
  2. A letter from your school principal confirming your teaching assignment
  3. A refundable deposit check for $50, 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:

USCI Fall 09 Seminar - South Bay
USC U.S.-China Institute

3535 S. Figueroa St., FIG 202
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1262

(213) 821-2382



Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 6, 2009

We will admit participants upon receipt of applications

This workshop is supported by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia Freeman Foundation grant and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to the
joint UCLA/USC National Resource Center for East Asia.

 Contact (213) 821-4382 or e-mail





♦  USCI One-Day Workshop on "Images of East Asia"


“Images of East Asia” - A one-day workshop for K-12 educators
Saturday, December 5, 2009, 9 am to 4 pm

United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) Building
3303 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

We are confronted by images every day, and they often shape the ideas we form about people and places.  How do we see East Asia?  How do films, television programs, websites, graphic novels, animation and other image-rich sources shape the ideas we have about East Asia?

The USC U.S. – China Institute (USCI) and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) will be offering "Images of East Asia," a one-day workshop that will address the questions above by enabling participants to utilize video and other image-related resources to teach about East Asia and help students develop vital visual literacy skills.

Participants will be provided with materials and assistance in developing their own lessons to strengthen content competence and to develop grade- and subject-appropriate analytical and communication proficiency.

This workshop features:

-- an award-winning documentarian discussing the challenges of describing a particular place or time and illustrating such points with clips from his influential films

-- a professor of modern language and literature explaining how the complexities of China's development can be explained using film

-- a professor of international studies and foreign relations highlighting films from Korea, East Asia's current pop culture capital


There is no fee to attend this workshop, but a $25 deposit, along with a completed registration form (available for download below), is required to reserve space. The check will be returned to you at the end of the workshop or deposited if you do not cancel at least one week prior to the workshop.

Free parking will be available at the UTLA building.  Materials, handouts, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will also be provided to participants at no cost.  Logistical information for the workshop (how to get there, where to park, workshop location, etc.) will be distributed via e-mail following participant registration and acceptance.

For additional information, please call (213) 821-4382 or e-mail <>.

This workshop is supported by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia Freeman Foundation grant and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to the joint UCLA/USC National Resource Center for East Asia.






1. DOWNLOAD the 12/05/2009 USCI “IMAGES OF EAST ASIA” Workshop for K-12 Educators REGISTRATION FORM

2. Print, complete and send, along with $25 deposit check made payable to "University of Southern California," to:

Images of EA K-12 Workshop
USC U.S. – China Institute
3535 S. Figueroa St., FIG 202
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1262




♦  Learning Resources and Opportunities for Teachers


•  Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) - Education Grant Program



The CGP funds education grant projects (up to $5,000) promoting greater awareness and understanding of Japan in the US, and will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations and projects must commence before March 31, 2010.  Additional detail about the program and application forms can be found here.



•  National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) - 89th Annual Conference

The National Council for the Social Studies will hold its 89th Annual Conference on "Dreams and Deeds: The Civic Mission of Schools" from November 13 to 15, 2009 at the Georgia World Congress Center and Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

More than 3,000 educators from across the U.S. and around the world will share the most current knowledge, ideas, research, and expertise in social studies education. This year's theme highlights the central role of social studies in schools: preparing young citizens to make a better world.  Additional conference and registration information can be found here. 

Asia community events at NCSS include:


November 13, 12:30-1:30 pm - Asia Community Showcase



3rd Level of Georgia World Congress Center

Members will share information about the Asia Community. Resource materials from Asia-related professional development organizations and resource centers will be available. Learn about Asia-related professional development opportunities and resources.


November 14, 7:00-8:00 am - Asia Community Breakfast and Business Meeting



Maple A Room in the Omni Hotel. Advance ticket purchase required.

Get to know other educators who are interested in learning and teaching about Asia.  Current Asia Community members and prospective members will discuss the new website for the Community and will develop ideas for the Community-sponsored session and other events for NCSS in 2010.  Attendees are invited to bring flyers, samples of curriculum materials, and/or copies of lesson ideas for the resource table. Elections will be held.


November 14, 9:15-10:15am - Environmental Issues in Asia



Georgia World Congress Center Room 404

Kevin Lawrence, China Institute; Catherine Ishida, Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado; and Qiong Jiang, East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

This session will highlight the impact the Himalayan glacial melt is having on watershed systems in China, India and Bangladesh and the human responses to dwindling water resources across the continent.  [Sponsored by the NCSS Asia Community]


November 14, 11:45am-12:45pm - Teaching about Asia: Curriculum Demonstrations and Discussions



Grand Ballroom A in the Omni Hotel North.

Sandra Switzer, The Lovett School, Atlanta, Georgia; Caryn White Stedman, CREC Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield, Connecticut

This session features master teachers who will share curriculum on teaching about Asia through world religions and minorities in China.  Attendees will learn about Asia-related professional development opportunities and resources.

•  California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) - 49th Annual Conference

The California Council for the Social Studies' 49th annual conference on "K-12 Social Studies: Laying the Foundation for a 21st Century Workforce" will be held from March 5 to 7, 2010 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA.

This year's theme is purposefully selected to provide participants with the content, skills, and resources to prepare students to become responsible citizens and competent workers in a highly technical, global society.  Featured Keynote Speaker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will present "On the Shoulders of Giants: Empowering Students to Learn, Achieve, and Serve."  Additional conference and registration information can be found here


•  National Council for History Education (NCHE) - 2010 Conference





Each spring, the NCHE holds its conference at a site which parallels the anniversary of a significant event in American and World history. The theme of the 2010 conference is "Crossroads of Peoples and Places Over Time," and will be held from March 25 to 27 in San Diego, CA.  Additional conference and registration information can be found here





♦  Museum Exhibitions on Asia




•  Fowler Museum at UCLA - Steeped in History: The Art of Tea


Dates: Through November 29, 2009

Location: UCLA north campus; enter at Westwood Blvd and Sunset Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Education department: 310-206-5663

Uses magnificent art from three continents and many centuries, including rare Chinese ceramics and paintings, 18th- and 19th-century Japanese ceramics and prints, extraordinary English and Colonial American paintings, historic photographs and documents, tea-serving paraphernalia and furniture from many countries, and much more—to tell the fascinating story of tea.



•  Bowers Museum - Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy



Dates: Through December 31, 2009

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 $12; seniors (62+), students and children (6-17) $9; children under 6 free
Education coordinator: Linda Kahn, 714-567-3679

Curated by authorities of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum, this incredible collection portrays the evolution of Chinese technology, art and culture utilizing rare examples of bronze vessels, mirrors, polychrome potteries, sculptures, porcelains, paintings, ivory carvings and robes.


•  Pacific Asia Museum - Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art

Dates: Through January 17, 2010

Location: 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Admission: Adults $7; students/seniors $5; free every 4th Friday of the month
Education coordinator: Amelia Chapman, 626-449-2742, ext.19


Premised on the idea that art is a game that mirrors the realities of life, the works in this exhibition suggest that through “calligraffiti” (calligraphy + graffiti), knowledge can be constructed that simultaneously embraces the elevated and debased, intention and chance, reality and myth.






•  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - Heroes and Villains: The Battle for Good in India's Comics

Dates: Through February 7, 2010

Location: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; exhibition shown at Japanese Pavilion
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 12 to 8 pm; Friday 12 to 9 pm; Wednesday closed
Admission: Adults $12; seniors (62+) and students $8; children 17 and under free
Education coordinator: Alicia Vogl Saenz, 323-857-6512


Examines the legacy of India’s divine heroes and heroines in contemporary South Asian culture through a selection of vintage Indian and American comics, and contemporary pencil-and-ink-drawn character explorations by Indian artists from the Liquid Comics series Ramayan and Devi.




•  Bowers Museum - Art of Adornment: Tribal Beauty







Dates: Through February 12, 2010


Features 70 rare and spectacular treasures that focus on the tribal aesthetic of body adornment from indigenous peoples around the world. The primary areas featured in the exhibition include the Pacific Islands, Africa, China, Southeast Asia and the Americas.








•  Bowers Museum - Masters of Adornment: The Miao People of China

Dates: Ongoing

Exquisite textiles and silver jewelry highlight the beauty and wealth of the Miao peoples of southwest China. Symbols of status and culture include finely pleated skirts, complex batik pattered cloth, intricate silk embroidery and shining textiles woven with metal.

♦  Teachers on Asia

•  Asia in My Classroom Discussion Forum

Teachers of all levels and subjects are invited to join our "Asia in My Classroom" 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:

→  On Chinese calligraphy demonstration in San Pedro: "…The first Thursday of each month, the city of San Pedro has an event called ‘First Thursdays.' First Thursdays is an event giving businesses and art galleries in downtown San Pedro an opportunity to display their work. There are also many amazing restaurants which participate in the event. The Croatian Cultural Center will be sponsoring an exhibit by Dr. Jing Chen. Dr. Jing Chen is a traditional Chinese artist and calligrapher. He will demonstrate the technique and art of Taiji calligraphy. Blending the sublime arts of tai-chih chuan and calligraphy, he will draw Chinese characters on paper measuring 10 square yards using a brush 6 feet in height. The event is November 5. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Demonstrations will be at 6pm and 8pm. Chinese food will be served. The event is free. I'd love to see you there! 510 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. On the corner of 7th and Pacific.”

- Kristina Jelenic, Fleming Middle School

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