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

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Exploring the Two Koreas

Summer Professional Development. Online. July 18-22, 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm.
Facilitator: Lori Snyder

Teachers and students alike recognize the growing influence of Korean Pop Culture on American society. Why not use this as an opportunity to learn more about the Korean peninsula? This short 10-hour seminar will examine topics such as Korea's geography and pre-modern history, modern history and economics, the global phenomenon of Korean pop culture, and North-South and international relations.

Limited to 20 K-12 in-service educators. Preference given to teachers in New England and New York. Participants will receive seminar materials, a $75 completion stipend, and a certificate of completion for 10 contact hours.

Spring 2022 Programs

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Webinar: While I Was Away

May 18, 7-8pm ET

Freeman Book Award 2021 Honorable Mention--Young Adult/Middle School Literature

While I Was Away, with author Waka T. Brown

Registration link.

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Archived Webinars

Choose from dozens of past FCCEAS webinars to view. 

Freeman Book Awards Books

We are pleased to offer in-service K-12 educators (classroom teachers, specialists and administrators) sets of the 2021 Freeman Book Award books for your school classroom or library.

There are 50 sets of books available at each level (Picture Books, YA-Middle Grades, YA-Upper Grades). Please see the list of titles in each set below. Go to to learn more about these books.

In order to reach more schools, each person may select only one set, and we will provide only one set of books per school. Applications will close automatically once all 50 sets at a given level have been taken.

Lower Grades: The Floating Field, Scott Riley; Saving Sorya Chang, Trang Nguyen; The Star Festival, Moni Ritchie Hadley

Middle Grades: Finding Junie Kim, Ellen Oh; Temple Alley Summer, Sachiko Kashiwaba; While I Was Away, Waka T. Brown; Soul Lanterns, Shaw Kuzki; How Do You Live? Genzaburo Yoshino

Upper Grades: Tsunami Girl, Julian Sedgwick; The Waiting, Keum Suk Gendry-Kim; Colorful, Eto Mori; Freedom Swimmer, Wai Chim; The Minamata Story, Sean Michael Wilson; Forest of Stolen Girls, June Hur

Books will be shipped at the end of August, and will only be shipped to a school address. You must be an in-service K-12 educator (classroom teacher, specialist or administrator) to receive these books. You will be notified when the books are shipped.

Apply here for Lower Grades titles

Apply here for Middle Grades titles

Apply here for Upper Grades titles

FCCEAS Lending Library

Our lending library resource materials database is now available at

Resource materials will be checked in and out via Librarika, and borrowers will receive borrowing status updates via e-mail. We continue to loan materials to people who can come to our office in Northampton to pick up and return items. We can also arrange for you to pick up and return items to the Five Colleges office in Amherst. Under some circumstances we may be able to mail items to borrowers. Please e-mail for more information.

To create your account please follow these steps:

  • Register for a new account here at Sign Up.
  • Receive verification email and verify the email address.
  • Log into using your new account.
  • Click on Request Member Access button at the My Libraries section.
  • Enter this full URL and submit the request. Please TYPE in the URL (not cut and paste).
  • If you need assistance creating a Librarika account, or would like us to create an account for you, please e-mail us at


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    Receive the Weekly E-Bulletin

    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, email at the contact information below. 


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    Rachel Wang

    Program Assistant