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.

Celebrating 25 Years of NCTA

Did you know that the Freeman Foundation has funded NCTA for 25 years? We are grateful to the Foundation for understanding the importance of including East Asia in the curriculum. As a way to celebrate this anniversary and to thank the Foundation, the seven NCTA national coordinating sites, with the University of Pittsburgh taking the lead, produced this 8-minute NCTA 25th Anniversary video

Upcoming Programs

Teaching East Asia: A Virtual Workshop
in Memory of Arlene Kowal

Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30-8:30pm ET for Teaching East Asia: A Virtual Workshop in Memory of Arlene Kowal.

Arlene was a passionate supporter of NCTA and the cross-disciplinary implementation of East Asia in the classroom. To honor her memory, we will hold our second virtual workshop on Teaching East Asia.

Five NCTA alums from New England and upstate New York will present resources they have encountered in NCTA programs and how they use those in their classrooms. You'll find last year's presentations here: Teaching East Asia videos page. Presenters will include Stephanie Rizas, "What Lies Beyond the Kim Family: Teaching About North Korean Lives" (High School); Marina Outwater, "Chinese Geography through Food" (Middle School); Lori Snyder, "Who Tells the Story: Bullets and Opium: A Closer Look at Tiananmen Square" (High School); Michele Mar, "Diving into the Wuhan Diary During Covid-19" (High School); Lynda McCann-Olson, "Ag in the Classroom: Wakame Gatherers," with special guest author Holly Thompson (Elementary School).

Workshop attendees will receive a certificate of completion as well as the Freeman Award Book of their choice. Please note that some of the books are already out of print. Attendees will be able to choose their book after the workshop. 2023 winners should be announced by then.

Register here. 

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Ukiyoe: History, Art and ELA

April 6, 2024. Workshop in person, Easthampton, MA. In collaboration with Moonlit Sea Prints. Register here.

Visit to the Hallyu! The Korean Wave Exhibit

May 4, Visit to the Hallyu! The Korean Wave exhibit in person at the MFA in Boston. Registration opens in early March.

Summer (May 27 to Sep. 2) Online Programs

Registration for these (largely asynchronous) programs opens in mid-March:

Walking the Tokaido

NEW Cycling Taiwan

And more to be announced in Spring 2024.






Junk in Hong Kong Harbor

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, please email: 


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General Inquiries

Come visit us in person! You can find us at...

Young Library, Bass Hall, Room Y102
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063