Center for East Asian Studies

Promoting East Asian Studies throughout the Northeast by supporting the teaching of East Asian cultures in K-12 schools and higher education.

Working with educators in elementary, middle, and high schools, and in colleges and universities, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies provides tools supporting the teaching of and learning about East Asian cultures. The Center draws on the resources of the Five College member campuses to conduct seminars, institutes, conferences, and workshops.

Upcoming Programs

Ties that Bind: On the Ground in Salem and Boston 

Saturday, October 1 (registration closed) and Saturday, November 5 (now accepting names for the waitlist)), 2022; 9am-5pm each day

Join us for two one-day in-person workshops in the Boston area where we will be on the ground and face to face with early encounters with East Asia. 

Details and registration. (Waitlist registration)


China Starter Pack Online Workshop Series

Presenter: Jonathan Lipman, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College
Dates and Time: Wednesday, October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 2022; 6:30-8:30pm ET
Topics (one week each): geography, language(s), food, and current issues (including US-China relations)

Registration for this workshop is closed.


NCTA Teaching about Asia Alumni Presentation Day 

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9am-3pm. Venue: Clarkson University, Schenectady.

Reconnect and share experiences with other NCTA teachers. Special keynote presentation by Dr. Robert Hellyer, Wake Forest University.

Additional information and registration.



Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 7-8pm ET

Green with Milk and Sugar: When Japan Filled America's Tea Cups, with author Robert Hellyer

Register for this webinar.


Virtual Sencha (Green Tea) Tastings

Registration for both sessions is now closed.

November 9, 2022, 7-8:30pm ET. 

December 8, 2022, 7-8:30pm ET.  


Ties that Bind: Honolulu Summer Institute, June 25-July 2, 2023

Honolulu offers a unique opportunity to learn about China, Japan and Korea without needing a passport
or worrying about currency exchange, but still with a dash of jet lag. Additional information and
now available at:



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    The Center publishes a weekly e-bulletin during the academic year. Each issue provides information about East Asia–related events, study and travel opportunities for teachers and their students, and educational resources. If you wish to receive the e-bulletin, please email: 


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