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Featured Resources from the FCCEAS E-Bulletin

The following featured resources from our weekly e-bulletin are collected here for convenience. 

2017-2018 e-bulletin:

  • A great tried-but-true resource: the MIT Visualizing Cultures  project. This treasure house of more than 50 units, 10 with accompanying curriculum resources, contains visuals that are sure to be a hit in your classroom. "Visualizing Cultures was launched at MIT in 2002 to explore the potential of the Web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning. The VC mission is to use new technology and hitherto inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past as people of the time visualized the world (or imagined it to be). Topical units to date focus on Japan in the modern world and early-modern China. The thrust of these explorations extends beyond Asia per se, however, to address "culture" in much broader ways-cultures of modernization, war and peace, consumerism, images of "Self" and "Others," and so on. 11-20
  • Interested in the history of Chinese philosophy but don't know where to start? The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) China Channel has the answer for you in the first of a new podcast series on the topic by Laszlo Montgomery. You'll also find a handy one-page graphic  on Chinese philosophy that you can print for your own use, or for your classroom. The 40-minute podcast is available from LARB China Channel; watch for the remaining podcasts (or listen to others) on the China History Podcast page. 11-13
  • In our workshop on Korea on Nov. 4, participants had the opportunity to learn about--and write--sijo poetry. We'd like to share some great resources from the Sejong Cultural Society with everyone, including videos by David McCann (Harvard University) and Mark Peterson (Brigham Young University). After you watch the videos, use the pdf resources and teaching guides to teach about sijo in your classroom. This is a great activity to do in conjunction with the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. You might also be interested in Linda Sue Park's picture book of sijo Tap Dancing on the Roof. 11-06
  • Not Color Blind: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in East Asia, from the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. This collection of teaching units treats ethnicity, race, and national identity as social constructs, that is, as aspects of group identity which shift over time and are shaped by economics, politics, and society. These units explore the meanings of identity in different historical, political, and social contexts in East Asia and Asian diasporas. Together these materials can be used to structure a semester long syllabus or can be used as individual teaching units. 10-30

  • The newest issue of Education about Asia, "Water and Asia," is now available! From the environment to culture to conflict, from India to China to Mongolia, the articles cross boundaries and disciplines. But there's more! Ten Top Things to Know About Singapore in the Twenty-First Century, Asia: Experiential Learning, Digital Asia...the list goes on. We hope you subscribe so that the print copy is always at your fingertips, but if you don't, you can browse and download the articles online. 10-23

  • Teach about Contemporary China? Check out two new NCTA Class Apps from the University of Colorado Program for Teaching East Asia. Demographic Cliffs and Economic Reforms. After decades of double-digit economic growth, China is now facing the "new normal" of lower economic growth. Political scientist Jessica Teets offers a crash course in the changing Chinese economy, discussing factors of change and how China needs to reform its economy going forward. Disputed Waters: South China Sea, International Law, and the Future of Asian Balance of Power. Political scientist Orion Lewis sheds light on the territorial disputes occurring in the South China Sea that continue to make regional and international headlines. Lewis breaks down the complex issues with straightforward terms, illuminating maps, and classroom-appropriate videos and documents. 10-16
  • If you're looking for resources to help your students understand what's happening right now in North Korea, you're not alone. The Choices Program has developed North Korea Nuclear Crisis, and it's available for free on their website. In this lesson, students will understand the current threats of a nuclear crisis between North Korea and the United States, identify the techniques political cartoonists use to express opinions, interpret cartoons about North Korea's nuclear weapons and the U.S. response, and monitor the situation over time using various media sources. 10-9
  • The 2017 study tour lesson plans, Peace Education-Voices from Japan on War and Peace are now available on the FCCEAS website. Each of the ten study tour participants has developed a detailed lesson plan for use in the classroom. Whether you teach at the elementary, middle school, or high school, there's a lesson plan for you in this compilation. 10-2
  • The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) has partnered with the Silk Road Project to create a study guide for Vojo, "a piece written and arranged by Cristina Pato [gaita] and Kojiro Umezaki [shakuhachi] to explore the common ground between two very different musical traditions. Watch the video of the artists discussing the work, or download the study guide. 9-25
  • Tibetan Culture at Columbia University website "The website is the product of over a decade of student projects, brought together in a single space with the support of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Columbia University. Most of the sites featured on the Tibetan Culture page represent individual student projects in the Tibetan Civilization course that is offered once each year at Columbia. Students in the course wrote an object biography to tell the story of a Tibetan artifact through a careful analysis of the object and an engagement with relevant sources about this aspect of Tibetan material history. 9-18
  • My Neighbor Totoro: A Timeline of Japanese Post-War History. The Carolina Asia Center has released a new high school lesson based on the Japanese anime film, My Neighbor Totoro. The lesson involves students in constructing a timeline of modern Japanese history, as well as analyzing visual and literary sources. The lesson is available on the link below. This is just one of many lesson plans available from the Center, which also maintains a data base of K-12 books related to Asia. Check out the Carolina Asia Center website to learn more. 9-11
  • The Sound of Silence, by Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo.A boy named Yoshio searches for ma, or silence. But where can he find it amidst the busy streets of modern day Tokyo or his own activity-filled daily schedule? This beautifully--and realistically--illustrated story follows Yoshio as he searches for, and finally finds, his own ma. This picture book is for lower elementary age children, but can be appreciated and enjoyed by all. Now available in our resource library. 9-5
  • Shhh!... Mum's the Word: Secret Cities of the Manahattan Project is a great lesson plan for teaching the development of the atomic bomb. Students analyze both primary and secondary sources as part of an in-depth investigation of the three "secret city" Manhattan Project sites of Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos. This will lead to a deeper understanding of the role geography plays in shaping historical events, as well as each site's contributions to the overall mission of creating the world's first atomic weapon. This lesson plan was developed by NCTA teacher Jeannine Kuropatkin for the Arizona Geographic Alliance. 8-28

2016-2017 e-bulletin:

  • Education about Asia announces a new e-mail digest. This free e-mail will go out every six weeks or so to all EAA subscribers and anyone who signs up for the digest. In each issue of the EAA Digest, you'll find information about upcoming issues of the journal, links to important articles from the EAA archives, and important resources for educators. Don't miss out--sign up today! And don't forget--if you've misplaced your favorite article, you can search for it and download it from the EAA website. 4-17

  • It seems that the Korean Peninsula is always in the news. If you're looking for great classroom materials to teach about Korea, SPICE can help you. They've made it easy for you to find their resources by putting them all on one page. To promote a deeper understanding of Korean culture, history, and contemporary issues, check out their diverse teaching resources and curriculum tools to bring Korea to life in K-12 classrooms. If you're in the Northampton, MA area, you can borrow them from us. 4-10
     
  • There are two new titles as well as two revised and expanded books in the Key Issues in Asia Studies Series: Chinese Literature: An IntroductionThe Mongol Empire in World HistoryGender, Sexuality, and Body Politics in Modern Asia; and Japan and Imperialism, 1853-1945. These short texts are intended for advanced high school and undergraduate classrooms, but also make great resources for anyone interested in the topics. There are now 18 books in the series, and they are available from the Association for Asian Studies. 4-3
  • Harvard University Asia Center's Mapping Asia exhibition is now online! This exhibit highlights contemporary dilemmas of contested spaces and borders through present-day and historical maps of Asia from around the world. These primary source documents will be a valuable resource for classroom discussions. 3-27
  • Bring Meiji Japan to life for your students with colorized photos from daily life. The New York Public Library's Digital Collection contains a large number of Meiji (1868-1912) era photos taken by both foreign visitors and Japanese. The photos depict images that remain iconic today as well as lesser-known views of daily life. View all 110 photographs of Japan and find the perfect primary source for your classroom. 3-20
  • New NCTA Class App Videos for Secondary Teachers and Classrooms: Korea Goes Global, a 2-part video program. Part 1: Political scientist Tony Robinson introduces the fastest modernization/industrialization project in world history. He explains "state-led industrial development" and export-oriented economics, describing the collaboration of South Korean government, chaebols, and labor in the 1960s-1990s. Part 2: Catch the Korean Wave! In the 21st century, the South Korean government, along with Korean corporations and artists, have focused on the strategic creation and global export of popular culture, a.k.a. The Korean Wave (Hallyu). Political scientist Tony Robinson explains the concepts of "soft power" and "creative economy" in regard to the Korean Wave project and how the city of Seoul is defining a global era. 3-13
  • An introduction to Chinese calligraphy This resource from the Asian Art Museum gives you the tools you need to teach about Chinese calligraphy to middle or high school students. It includes classroom materials to download, two short videos, and background materials. Useful in visual arts, art history, or humanities classes, or just for fun! If you live near FCCEAS, remember we have calligraphy kits you can borrow for your classroom. 2-27
  • Have you looked at the NCTA Class Apps recently? Explore these short classroom-applicable video presentations available from NCTA. Each "App" focuses on a timely topic or "best practice" presented by an NCTA consulting scholar, seminar leader, teacher alum, or author. Recent Class Apps include the Japanese Constitution at 70, Dispelling Myths about North Korea, and more. 2-20
  • In conjunction with the Five College Doors to the World Project, we've been adding new picture books to our resource library. Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, is one of our favorites. "In early-1900s Japan, Misuzu Kaneko grows from precocious bookworm to instantly-beloved children's poet. But her life ends prematurely, and Misuzu's work is forgotten. Decades later her poems are rediscovered-just in time to touch a new generation devastated by the tsunami of 2011. This picture book features Misuzu's life story plus a trove of her poetry in English and the original Japanese." 2-13

  • If you can't take your students to China, why not use this short video about the Classical Gardens of Suzhou to help your students learn about Chinese culture? The music is great, too. Sometimes little things like this are all it takes to hook a student on the study of Asia. 2-6
  • Gung Hay Fat Choy! How do the Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year? What do the celebrations look like? Get a quick overview in words and pictures with this web resource from National Geographic. 1-30
  • Historical Photographs of China is now on a new digital platform. "This project aims to locate, digitalize, archive, and disseminate online photographs from the substantial holdings of images of modern China held mostly in private hands outside the country. These are often of even greater historic interest than might ordinarily be the case, as the destruction of materials in China through war and revolution in the twentieth century, and especially during the 1966-69 Cultural Revolution, means that there is a relative dearth today of accessible photographic records in China itself." With more than 10,000 photographs, you're sure to find something of interest. 1-23
  • The Little Red Podcast: Interviews and chat celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway, from the studios of the University of Melbourne's Asia institute. Hosted by Graeme Smith, China studies academic at large and Louisa Lim, former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR. 1-17
  • Martin Scorsese's film Silence, based on Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel, was released in December. The film and novel tell the story of two Christian missionaries who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. 1-9

  • Looking for an interesting hands-on lesson for your classroom? Willamarie Moore, Museum of International Folk Art, has provided us with a great lesson plan on Japanese ema (wishing plaques) to accompany her webinar on Connecting to the Sacred Realm through Divine Communication. You'll find a link to the recorded webinar and the lesson plan on our website. 1-3
  • Do you use Asian art in your classroom, but don't know where to start in your search for resources? Teach Japan is your answer! Art museums are joining together to provide a clearinghouse of exemplary resources to help you teach about Japan. Find peer-reviewed lesson plans, student-friendly videos, contextual information, and high quality images. Collaborating art museums include the Kyoto National Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Asian Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and the Peabody Essex Museum. 12-19
  • New NCTA Class Apps: The Japanese Constitution at 70: Parts 1 and 2. Japan's 1947 constitution, imposed by US Occupation forces, is unique as a governing document that has remained unchanged despite its foreign origins. In July 2016, Japan's ruling LDP party gained the legislative majority it needs to push major constitutional changes, including changes to Article 9 (the no war clause), the role of the emperor, and more. In Part 1 of this two-part Class App, historian Ethan Segal highlights the postwar constitution's 70-year history and considers how this constitution came to be embraced in Japan. In Part 2, Professor Segal focuses on constitutional controversies, calls for reform, and divided viewpoints on revision within Japan. This Class App comes with an extensive classroom resource list and lessons. Access these Class Apps and more at http://nctasia.org/resources/class-apps/ 12-12
  • This week's featured resource is a perennial favorite--Education about Asia! The Fall edition, "Sports, Culture and Asia" is now available, and it's filled with articles you'll want to read. Subscribe to the print edition, or access all issues--past and present-- online. 12-05

  • Want to teach about Korea, but don't know where to begin? The Stanford SPICE program can help you out with a webpage devoted to teaching resources and curriculum tools to bring Korea to life in K-12 classrooms. 11-28

  • The Choices Program at Brown University recently launched a new website housing more than 1,300 videos. The videos present professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists talking about such topics as what life in China is like today, the history of China's relationship with Japan, and environmental concerns in China. 11-21

  • Touching Home in China: In Search of Missing Girlhoods features online curriculum units to teach about contemporary China and more. If you missed our webinar on this project, you can view the recording. You can also view the project videos on their YouTube channel. In addition, they're using social media to bring you information about China that you can use in your classrooms: connect with them on Facebook, or follow them on Instagram or Twitter. 11-14

  • Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story, by Caren Stelson. "This strikingwork of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945 and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson shares the true story of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb and chronicles her long journey to find peace. This special book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath." For middle grades; includes materials on atomic bombs and World War II to contextualize Sachiko's story. 11-7

  • To mark the 50th anniversary of China's Cultural Revolution, National Geographic has made available images from photographer Li Zhensheng, who kept the photographs secret for years. Mosaics of several sets of photographs can be seen on the National Geographic website. A larger collection is available in Li's book, Red-Color News Soldieravailable from Phaidon Books. 10-31

  • Jesse Appell's LaughBeijing's goal is to connect China and the West through comedy. It seeks to share with people everywhere the insights into Chinese culture that we find while immersing ourselves in this language and culture. "Laughter is an amazing bridge that connects people. When people from different cultures share funny stories from high school or describe ludicrous situations from work we open a window onto our lives, our cultures, and our values. When we laugh we share in a way that is conducive to real understanding. The bubble of laughter is a safe zone where topics that normally might cause friction can be explored and investigated respectfully. Learning what others think is funny is vital because how can we work together-how can we live together-if we don't know how to laugh together?" 10-24

  • Cocktail Partyby filmmaker Regge Life; inspired by the Akutagawa Prize winning novella by Tatsuhiro Oshiro Hiroshi. Uehara is a prominent Okinawan, a leader of both civic and business communities - albeit in the poorest prefecture of Japan. He has made the most of the difficult post-war years and is a survivor with no visible scars. But things in Okinawa are on the move; and Uehara's hidden wounds are soon to be reopened. The U.S. military is under pressure to move a controversial base that sits right in the middle of the main city so Uehara agrees to attend a "cocktail party" hosted by Major Porter, a dynamic new Marine officer in Okinawa. 20% discount to Five College Center for East Asian Studies Newsletter subscribers. 10-17
  • Professor Susan Fernsebner, University of Mary Washington, is the author of two curriculum resources: 1) Children and Youth in History: Late Imperial China. "An exploration of primary sources on childhood in late imperial China (framed broadly as the Song through Qing dynasties, ca. 960-1911 CE) offers a window into lived experience and the diverse ways in which childhood itself could be imagined and articulated. 2) "Children and Youth in History: Chinese Propaganda Posters. "Visual images provide valuable material for the exploration of childhood, youth and history. Propaganda posters from the People's Republic of China (1949-present) are particularly rich, offering images that are both bold and subtle, and which many students find as nicely accessible sources to explore." 10-3
  • In honor of International Peace Day, which was held on Sept. 21, take a look at the Hiroshima Digital Archive, a repository of written and video testimonials by Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors. It also includes before, after and current photos of sites around Hiroshima as well as maps. High School students in Hiroshima are contributing to this project, and some of them in NYC and Boston Sept. 16-19 to talk with their American peers about how to prevent future tragedies. 9-26

  • The Office of Resources for International and Area Studies at the University of California Berkeley has posted talks and interviews from a summer institute on women in world history. Among these is a talk by Professor Beverly Bossler on Women in Late Imperial China. Also provided are links related to the professor's topic. Visit the ORIAS site to see all the talks available. 9-19
  • Somewhere Among, by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu. "A beautiful and haunting debut novel in verse about an American-Japanese girl struggling with the loneliness of being caught between two worlds when the tragedy of 9/11 strikes an ocean away. Somewhere Among is the story of one girl's search for identity, inner peace, and how she discovers that hope can indeed rise from the ashes of disaster." This timely novel is appropriate for grades 4-7, but can also be enjoyed by adult readers. 9-12
  1. Japan's National Stadium and the Struggle for National Identity. Kathleen Krauth, American School in Japan. July 2016.
  2. Japan's Contemporary Security Challenges: 2016 and Beyond. Andrew Oros, Washington College. July 2016.
  3. The Meaning of President Obama's Visit to Hiroshima. Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut. July 2016.
  4. Japan-Korea: Histories that Bind. Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut. July 2016. 9-6
  • New Online Curriculum on Teaching Japan in World History: The Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado announces a new collection of teacher-developed lessons, Cultural Encounters: Teaching Japan in World History. This online curriculum features seven secondary-level, historical-inquiry lessons on Japanese encounters with peoples, ideas, technologies, and institutions of Asia, Europe, and the United States from the Asuka/Nara periods to the present. Reconsidering historical narratives of Japan as "isolated," the lessons feature, a variety of primary and secondary sources, address national content standards and Common Core skills, and contribute new topics and themes to supplement current world history textbooks' coverage. This curriculum is made possible through funding to the Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA), from the United States-Japan Foundation. 5-2
  • Today our featured resource is...us! Or rather, our Facebook page. We try to post articles and resources of interest to teachers. Just the other day we posted an article on filial piety in China, and a teacher commented on the timeliness of our post--she was covering that topic in her class that day! "Like" our page and find something to use in your class, to broaden your knowledge, or simply to enjoy. 2-15
  • Do you know about SPICE? Have you used any of their resources recently? The team at the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education produces great classroom materials. They're currently developing curricula on South Korea and Japan, which will be added to their extensive catalog. They also have online programs for high school students, including the Sejong Korean Scholars Program (application deadline Feb. 29) If you haven't looked at SPICE's offerings recently, check them out! 2-8
  • We've got a number of new books for elementary school students, including Shanghai Sukkah. "Fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, Marcus moves with his familyfrom Berlin to Shanghai, where he doubts this unfamiliar city will ever feel like home. But with help from his new friend Liang, and the answers to a rabbi's riddle, Marcus sets out to build a unique sukkah in time for the harvest festival of Sukkot." Stay tuned for more books and other resources for this grade level. 2-1
  • The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea's Abduction Project, Robert S. Boynton "People began disappearing from Japan's coastal towns and cities in the fall of 1977. A security guard vacationing at a seaside resort two hundred miles northwest of Tokyo vanished in midSeptember. In November, a thirteen-year-old girl walking home from badminton practice in the port town of Niigata was last seen eight hundred feet from her family's front door. The next July two young couples, both on dates, though in different towns on Japan's northwest coast, disappeared.  What few knew at the time was that these people were abducted by an elite unit of North Korean commandos. Japanese were not the only victims, and dozens also disappeared from Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East during the same period." 1-11

2015-2016 e-bulletin: 

  • Find your horoscope (scroll down and click on your year) on Master Tsai's site for the Year of the Red Fire Monkey. The Lunar New Year is celebrated on February 8, 2016 this year. Happy New Year from FCCEAS!
  • Feeling a bit ho ho hum about Christmas celebrations this year? Audrey Magazine's article "Unique Christmas Traditions in Asia" offers some interesting twists. For example, in Korea "Santa Haraboji, or Grandfather Santa, looks similar to the Western Santa, but he wears a traditional Korean hat (갓 gat) and his statues have often portrayed him in a green suit instead of a red one." 
  • The Only Child, by Guojing, is a beautiful picture book based loosely on the author's experiences as an only child in China. The black-and-white pencil illustrations, with no words, can be appreciated on many levels and by people of all ages. The Only Child is now available in our resource lending library.
  • East Asia Gateway for Linking Educators (EAGLE) is an online resource of materials for teaching about Asia, and a portal where teachers can share teaching materials and their own ratings and reviews of materials. All the materials are available for download. Also available are a study tour blog, photo gallery, and book reviews. Image: Osaka Castle by Brenda Jordan. 12-7
  • China from Above, from The Atlantic, offers a collection of recent aerial images showing the vast diversity of landscapes across China, from cities to mountains, desert to sea shores, and more. 11-30
  • Education About Asia brings you articles on all areas of Asia covering topics as diverse as religion, food, popular culture, geography, history, language, literature, and performing arts. You can now access close to 1400 articles from EAA's back issues through keywords, region, article titles, or author searches.  11-16
  • Japan Society's Going Global, a social networking site for students, consists of a series of flexible projects, connected to the teaching goals of the participating schools, designed to engage students of all abilities and interests in authentic, fun, educational international exchange. All activities take place on a secure, closed network accessible only to students and teachers involved in this project. Participation is free of charge. Call (212) 715-1275 or contact jseducation@japansociety.org 11-9
  • The Korea Society's educational resource page includes curriculum materials, podcasts, lesson plans, language classes, and videos such as One Religion, Two Countries: Classical and Neo-Confucianism in Korea and Japan with Dr. John Goulde and History of the Early Choson Kingdom with Dr. Mark Peterson. 11-2
  • We think you will enjoy the Stuff You Missed in History Class's recent podcast Asia and the 'New World': "It's easy to think of globalization as a new invention, but it really has its roots in the 16th century. Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator Dennis Carr talks to us about Asian influences on art in the colonial Americas thanks to this global trade." If you like this, you will also enjoy our recent Webinar Stories of Global Trade: Asia and the Americas with the MFA'sHead of School Programs and Teacher Resources Willamarie Moore. 10-26
  • ChinaFile reports on the recent Nobel Prize in Medicine, shared by China, Japan, and the United States. "Tu Youyou's prize marks numerous firsts: the first Chinese citizen to receive a Nobel prize for scientific research performed in China; the first Chinese woman Nobel laureate; and the recipient of the highest award ever given to research inspired by Chinese traditional medicine, an ancient holistic health system highly valued within China but often dismissed by outsiders." 10-19
  • Recently acquired for the FCCEAS Resource Room: The Silk Road: Explore the World's Most Famous Trade Route, by Kathy Ceceri, in Nomad Press's Build It Yourself Series. From Roman times until the Age of Exploration, the Silk Road carried goods and ideas across Central Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and China. For ages 9 to 12, activities using everyday materials bring the Silk Road to life through history, geography, culture, and people of the Silk Road region. 10-12
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered the only public policy speech of his U.S. visit at a dinner co-hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the U.S.-China Business Council, and the Washington State Welcoming Committee, in Seattle. Recorded 9/22/15. Watch the video here. 10-5
  • Becoming Modern: Early 20th-Century Japan through Primary Sources is a new collection of teacher-developed lessons from the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado. The collection offers high school teachers seven lessons that examine the period of Japan's modernization and international expansion from the 1880s through the 1920s. The lessons draw upon a range of historical source materials, including art, literature, memoir, interviews, board games, and government documents, which address national content standards and Common Core skills. A project of NCTA at TEA. 9-28
  • Available from our Resource Room: Motoko's story-telling CDs for your classroom including A Year in Japan, Tales of Zen and Now, Like a Lotus Flower: Girlhood Tales from Japan, The Promise of Chrysanthemums and other Asian Tales of Love and Honor, and her latest, In Ghostly Japan. 9-21
  • #MetKids is an interactive online site made for, with, and by kids and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Get ready to explore 5,000 years of art from across the globe in the Met's collection. There's a Where's-Waldo-like map, a time machine, and behind-the-scenes videos including fun facts, creative projects, and a blog. 9-14
  • Are you interested in broadening your teaching about Japanese history by including the story of women? Smith College Professor Marnie Anderson recently wrote a teacher resource for the Japan Society on Women in Modern Japanese History. It outlines the roles women have and do play in various areas of Japanese life, from politics to education and more. 9-8

2014-2015 e-bulletin: 

  • The Fallen of WWIIwritten, directed, coded, and narrated by Neil Halloran, is an interactive documentary that examines the human cost of the Second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the War. The 15-minute data visualization uses cinematic storytelling techniques to provide viewers with a fresh and dramatic perspective of a pivotal moment in history. The film follows a linear narration, but it allows viewers to pause during key moments to interact with the charts and dig deeper into the numbers.
  • Newly acquired by FCCEAS Resource Library, children's books by Newberry Honor winner Grace Lin, Kite Flying and Bringing in the New Year. On her website the author provides activities and reviews for each book as well as her contact information for school visits.
  • Recently acquired by FCCEAS: The newly published Museum of Fine Arts Boston exhibition book on the current exhibit In The Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11The images record the unfolding process of addressing destruction, social change, anxiety, and memory in ways that express emotions beyond words. The webpage offers a slideshow and videoed curators' statement.

  •  Recently Acquired for the FCCEAS Resource Center: Without You, There is No Us, "a haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign," by Suki Kim.
  • Five College Center for East Asian Studies has archived webinars available for you to view at your convenience. They are each about an hour long and cover a wide range of topics on East Asia. Visit our listing of recent webinars, viewable with a click and registration, or send us your requests from the list of previously recorded webinars and we'll send you a link.
  • Ever heard of Japanese yōkai? If you're a fan of manga or anime, you've likely encountered these monsters, ghosts and other fantastic beings. Learn more about them in The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore, by Michael Dylan Foster. For a preview, watch Indiana University's webinar Yokai: Monsters of Japan with the author to learn about these creatures from their folk beginnings to their modern incarnations. 
  • New Class Apps, short classroom-applicable video presentations. from the the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA): Voices from Japan: 3.11 through Tanka Poetry, and 2 from political scientist and NCTA Burlington VT seminar lecturer Orion Lewis of Middlebury College, on China's Rise, Regional Security, and Domestic Reform: China's Changing Grand Strategy and Dissecting the Rise of China.
  • The East Rock Institute offers interactive lessons designed to engage learners of all ages in exploring the Korean culture and history, through folk tales, legal treaties, short essays, and activities. 
  • The perfect companion to FCCEAS's Peabody Essex Museum Bus TripTheir Asia Curriculum. Designed by PEM's education department, the curriculum is a set of original resources on Asian art and culture that feature the museum's collections of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art. Comprised of sourcebooks, lesson plans, and art cards, these resources were written for K-12 teachers by museum educators with academic and experiential knowledge of Asia. 
  • The movie Still Life takes as its focal point the real-life construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Director Jia Zhang-Ke interweaves two stories in which citizens return to a flooded town to salvage what they can and say good-bye to things they lost. (Recently acquired by FCCEAS.)
  • Two iPad apps recommended by NCTA alum Karl Neumann from The Palace Museum, Beijing: Twelve Beauties invites you to glimpse the exquisite, elegant life of Imperial China through a set of screen paintings featuring court ladies whose identity remains a mystery.The Night Revels of Han Xizai allows you to see the world of the Five Dynasties period (906-960 CE) through the eyes of alleged painter Gu Hongzhong. 
  • Daniel K. Gardner, Dwight W. Morrow Professor of History at Smith College, recently wrote an article on "Airpocalypse," Northern China's increasing smog problem. The article appeared in The Guardian.
  • The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia's Pinterest site is chock full of pins. The boards include Lesson Plans and Resources for China, Japan, and Korea as well as general East Asia resources and books. 

  • The Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado, Boulder offers Texts and Contexts: Teaching Japan through Children's Literature, an online collection of teacher-developed, standards-based, cross-curricular K-6 lessons. The collection is designed to promote the teaching of cultural studies of Japan while developing students' knowledge and skills in literacy and communication. Each of the six lessons features an authentic children's literature book on an aspect of Japanese culture. 
  • We All Live in a Forbidden City is a web resource and an educational program about the history, culture, architecture, and life of imperial China as seen through the lens of Beijing's Forbidden City. Includes books, games, e-book apps, workshops, and additional resources for parents and teachers.
  • Newly Acquired by FCCEAS: Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea by Jan Jin-sung, high-ranking counterintelligence agent and former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il, describes his breathtaking escape to freedom after a strictly forbidden magazine he passed to a friend goes missing. 
  • The Boston Children's Museum recently launched The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, an adventure game for exploring Asian Cultures, to complement five children's museum traveling exhibits:The Children of HangzhouHeart and SeoulHello from Japan,Voyage to Vietnam, and Children's China. The exhibits will travel across the U.S. through 2017. The App, targeted for kids from 8 to 12 in preparation for seeing the exhibits, is designed so kids will learn from the game with or without attending the exhibit.
  • The History of the World in Seven Minutes is video feature of World History for Us All, a model curriculum for Middle and High Schools. World History for Us All is an ongoing national collaboration of K-12 teachers, collegiate instructors, and educational technology specialists, and is a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. Check out their Curriculum at a Glance map, too.
  • FCCEAS has acquired Shigeru Mizuki's Showa: A History of JapanWhen the Showa era began, Mizuki himself was just a few years old; his earliest memories coincide with the earliest events of the time. With his trusty narrator Rat Man, Mizuki brings history, in manga format, into the realm of the personal, making it compelling, for young audiences as well as more mature readers. Tr. Zack Davisson.
  • The Asia Society has 16 boards on Pinterest, from Asian Animalsand Japanese Prints to Korean Ceramics and Tastes of Asia,including an Education board which includes charts, atlases, and activities. 
  • Asia Society's ChinaFile features Reporting and Opinion as well as topical Conversations between notable contributors like this one on the U.S.-China Climate Deal
  • The Way of Tea, the Japanese Tea Ceremony in videos, photos, and words. Filmed at Wa-Shin-An Tea House, Mount Holyoke College, this digital project was created by Yuko Eguchi for FCCEAS with funding from the Freeman Foundation for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia.
  • In WWII & Atomic Bomb Museum Exhibits: Japanese and American Perspectives, a digital lesson by FCCEAS Japan Study Tour participant Erica Gullickson, secondary students in world history or human geography explore various perspectives of Japanese and American museums that remember World War II and the use of atomic weapons. Over one week, students consider Buddhist philosophy of historic events, explore Japanese and American online museum exhibits, and participate in a Socratic seminar discussion on peace.
  • Explore NCTA "Class Apps," short classroom-applicable video presentations, on the new NCTA website. Each App focuses on a timely topic or best practice presented by an NCTA consulting scholar, seminar leader, teacher alum, or author. 
  • New Summer 2014 and recently acquired by FCCEAS, Father's Chinese Opera, by Rich Lo, tells the story of a young boy who spends his summers backstage while his father conducts the orchestra. The book teaches children about hard work, patience, and the commitment needed to achieve an important goal, while introducing them to an important part of Chinese culture.
  • FCCEAS has recently updated our China and Japan Culture Kits. Preview the China Kit Guide and the Japan Kit Guide. A Korean Culture Kit with guide is also available. 
  • SPICE's free multimedia unit After the Darkness includes a 24-minute film (available on the SPICE website), teacher's guide, and PowerPoint. It follows two teen survivors of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and the road to recovery for them--and for Japan.

2013-2014 e-bulletin:

  • For all the basic facts you need about any country in the world--the CIA World Factbook includes maps, flags, country comparisons, world leaders, and much more.
  • 100 Highlights from the National Museum of Korea I-Pad App is available through the iTunes store for $4.99. You can find a database of the full collection, highlights and stories from the collection on the NMK website under the Collection tab.
  • A Journey Shared: The United States and China, 200 Years of History takes a closer look at the relationships between the Chinese and American peoples and the ways—surprising and varied—that they have influenced each other during the last 200-plus years. Produced by the U.S. Department of State with curriculum A Chinese Diplomat in the United States.
  • The Chinese Education Mission Connections website has a wealth of information about Chinese boys who studied in the U.S. between 1872 and 1881. Check it out—you might find out that there were students in your community!
  • NEH's EDCITEment! created the resource Asian-Pacific: Voyage of Manjiro to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage month (coming up!), which was established in 1990 to mark the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843.
  • From NEH EDSITEment!: On the Road with Marco Polo, eight lessons for grades 3-5. In this curriculum unit, students will become Marco Polo adventurers, following his route to and from China to learn about the geography, local products, culture and fascinating sites of those regions. 
  • Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty 1392-1910 is a resource for students and teachers made from the 2014 exhibit of the same name at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Available in booklet form with DVD and poster or download.
  • The First Lady's Trip to China video blog is available here.
  • Though not East Asia specific, the GeoGuessr game is too much fun not to include here!
  • First Lady Michelle Obama travels to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi'an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26. Sign up here for updates from the First Lady throughout her trip, invitations to join live webinars and opportunities to ask questions. Or follow her on her travel blog at whitehouse.gov; on Instagram @MichelleObama; on twitter @FLOTUS. 
  • Inspired by the cultural traditions of the historical Silk Road, the Silk Road Project is a catalyst promoting innovation and learning through the arts. Their vision is to connect the world's neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences around the globe.
  • The Korea Society offers videos and podcasts of public talks, most recent include Kyung-wha Khan, Assistant Secretary-General, Humanitarian Affairs, UN, and Bruce Klinger, former intelligence official, on the Korean Peninsula and Strategic Risk. View the current podcast feed and sign up for updates here. 
  • A Lunar New Year Story: Nian the Beast, from the San Francisco Asian Art Museum Education site, features storyteller Leta Bushyhead telling a lunar new year story with works of art from the museum's collection. For elementary level children.
  • Time to prepare for the Year of the Horse! Countdown to the New Year by PBS Kids is an interactive online game that teaches kids about traditional Chinese New Year activities.
  • Interested in becoming familiar with the sounds and script of the Korean language? The Korea Society with support from Hyundai is developing an online Korean language course that starts with the basics. Take the prototype for a spin!
  • An Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy from the Education site at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum is an excellent place to begin your study of calligraphy (artful writing), considered the ultimate art form by the Chinese educated elite since at least the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). The site offers background information, lessons and activities, videos and artwork.
  • Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story is new film about the life of Taylor Anderson, an exchange teacher in the JET program, who lost her life in the 3/11 tsunami. The 90-minute film is directed by Regge Life and produced by Global Film Network.
  • The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus has created new e-Course Readers, collections of exemplary articles from theJournal on a theme, each selected and introduced by an Asia scholar. These readers are a substantial teaching resource for college professors, undergraduates, and high school teachers. Free download, online table of contents.
  • Winter Activities from the Boston Children's Museum's Kyo no Machiya (Japanese home reconstructed at the museum): The changing seasons are an important aspect of culture in Japan. They celebrate the seasons with art, food, festivals, and more. Here you will find activities to help you learn about Japanese culture. (Choose your season in the drop down box.)
  • The Arts of Korea: A Resource for Educators, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, introduces Korea's artistic achievement and places it in the context of its history and religions. Works from the Museum's permanent collection form the core of the discussion and are used to illustrate the diversity and beauty of Korean art. 
  • In the Tale of the Genji, Illustrated, an Online Lesson from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, excerpts from the English translation of the book by Edward G. Seidensticker (1993) are paired with corresponding images from the MFA's collection. 
  • A Concise History of Korea: From the Neolithic Period Through the Nineteenth Century, a textbook by Michael J. Seth, covers from the beginning of human settlement in the region through the late nineteenth century. Its thorough chronological narrative equally emphasizes social, cultural, and political history. Students will be especially drawn to descriptions of everyday life for both elite and nonelite members of society during various historical periods. (Google Books)
  • The Peabody Essex Museum's Write Like an Emperor interactive site allows elementary schools kids to trace the Chinese characters from one of the Qianlong emperor's poems. Select "view interactive."
  • China's Great Sage, a secondary school lesson plan from the Asia Society, asks students to read, analyze, and paraphrase translations from The Analects as a means of understanding key elements of Confucianism. 
  • Colonial Korea in Historical Perspective, a SPICE curriculum unit, draws on a wealth of primary sources from Korea and Japan--especially images and oral histories--providing an in-depth examination of the history of the Korean peninsula under Japanese rule while offering a more balanced understanding of the global history of colonialism.
  • Katherine MacLennan, a participant in the FCCEAS NCTA 2013 Study Tour to Japan, has written a blog entry on her experiences in Japan.

2012-2013 e-bulletin:

  • Hiroshima Archive combines geography with photos and first-person accounts to "tell the reality" of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
  • Key Issues in Asian Studies, published by the Association for Asian Studies, serve as vital educational materials that are both accessible and affordable for classroom use ($10 each). These books tackle broad subjects or major cultural and historical themes in an introductory but compelling, jargon-free style appropriate for survey courses, written to encourage classroom debate and discussion. 
  • The Connected China website from Reuters offers a brief history of modern China with timeline, links to current articles, and great graphics to help explain power structures of Chinese government.  
  • Choices Program Blog. Scroll down for entries on "Teaching about North Korea and Nuclear Weapons" and "Globalization in a Modern Asian Experience" class.  
  • The Museum of Fine Arts Boston's Educator's Online has a "Create your own Galleries" page where teachers can collect their favorite pieces, make their own galleries and lesson plans, and build a virtual classroom to share with their students. TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE.
  • FCCEAS's Korean Culture Kit, including currency, stamps, maps, traditional Korean items, school items, and play items, is now available for borrowing from our Resource Room. An accompanying Korean Culture Kit Guide is available on our website. 
  • Back issues of Education about Asia from 1996-2008 are available online for free. 
  • Five College Center for East Asian Studies has archived webinars available for you to view at your convenience. 
  • 360Cities.net offers an interactive world map with 360-degree panoramas from cities around the world. Suggested tour: From the home page, click on 360 Cities World Map and pick your favorite place. 

  • University of Pittsburgh's East Asia Gateway for Linking Educators is an online resource of materials for teaching about Asia, and a portal where teachers can share teaching materials and their own ratings and reviews of materials. 
  • Teachable Texts from the National Archives at Boston. The National Archives at Boston holds records for the six New England states, 1789 to present. They are free for use. Their website is user friendly and offers online resources for educators including a curriculum, Our Documented Rights: Thinking about Chinese Exclusion.
  • Art in History provides the "blank artifacts" and standards-based curriculum to reach students who learn in different ways. Check out their Chinese terra cotta warriors, Japanese tea bowls and more.
  • The China Institute is currently featuring a curriculum for grades 9-12, Cosmic Journeys and the Search for Immortality, based on their exhibit Noble Tombs at Mawangdui: Art and Life in the Changsha Kingdom, Third Century BCE to First Century CE. The curriculum is designed for 3 classroom days and has links to supporting curricula.
  • East Asia Image Collection of the Lafayette College Libraries is an open-access archive of digitized photographs, negatives, postcards, and slides of imperial Japan (1868-1945), its Asian empire (1895-1945) and occupied Japan (1947-52). The archive also includes images from Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, Manchuria and Indonesia.
  • SPICE, Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education, has new units: An Interpretive History of Japan (available as download); China in Transition: Economic Development, Migration, and Education; and Chinese American Voices: Teaching with Primary Sources. 
  • The Korea Society, NYC, offers downloads of K-12 teacher resources: websites, lesson plans, a general bibliography, subject area lesson plans, podcasts and a Romanization guide with audio.