Teaching About Asia

East Asia in World History Two-Day Conference

Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th

From the Silk Road to the Belt and Road:
Economics, Trade, and Cross-Cultural Exchanges between China, Japan and Korea and the West
from the Classical Period to the Present.

Teaching About Asia 2020


  • For Teachers of Social Studies, World Literature, Art, and the Humanities in Grades 5-12.
  • To provide essential information and instructional materials for integrating the history and culture of China, Japan, and Korea into world history curriculums including AP and IB programs as well as other humanities courses.


  • Instruction from university professors and master secondary teachers
  • Sample curriculums and lesson plans
  • A text and curriculum materials
  • 14 hours of Professional Development Credit for New Jersey
  • Districts of schools that send four or more teachers will receive additional curriculum materials


  • The impact of "foreign relations" on traditional Chinese belief systems
  • The Silk Road and Indian Ocean trade routes as conduits for the exchange of products, technology, and religions between East Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe
  • The rise of Xian as an international city and the growth of cities along the Silk Road
  • Silk Production in East Asia and its impact on world trade
  • The place of East Asian products, especially silk, porcelain, and tea, in the European Age of Discovery
  • The rise of the modern Japanese economy from the Meiji period to the present
  • The political economy of modern China from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping

Note:  Teachers are expected to attend both Friday and Saturday


Richard Chafey, Administrator Princeton of East Asian Studies Program
Lesley Solomon, Coordinator of Teachers Princeton East Asian Studies Program

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The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, funded by the Freeman Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about China, Japan, and Korea in world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses. Launched in 1998, this nationwide program is a collaboration of the East Asian Studies Programs of several coordinating institutions, such as Columbia University, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado.

In 2003, Princeton joined the Columbia branch of the initiative and began hosting four to five Saturday seminars each semester. The program is intended to prepare teachers to teach about Asia, enrich the content of Asia in classrooms, and to work toward creating a more long-term presence for Asia in American schools. 

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