Teaching About Asia

Princeton University East Asia Program

Teaching East Asia Through the Human Experience:

Religion, Art, Literature, Media (for 2018-2019)

Free for New Jersey teachers 

Princeton Teaching About AsiaCHINA, JAPAN, NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA.

These countries are in the news. Are you prepared to help your students understand them?

Free four session seminar for K-12 Teachers of World History, World Cultures, Geography, Language and Language Arts, Literature, Visual and Performing Arts. Enrich and enliven your classes!

Benefits to Participants:

  • Instruction by faculty members from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • A text and curriculum materials for classroom use including primary sources and CD’s.
  • Specific ideas for lesson plans.
  • Professional development credit to meet New Jersey requirements.
  • Earn credit for application for study tour of China and Japan.
December 1, 2018 Chinese Religious Beliefs and East Asian Civilization
  Steven F. Teiser, Director of Program in East Asian Studies and Professor of Religion at Princeton University will present the basic tenets of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, providing ideas for teaching these belief systems at the secondary level. He will show how these beliefs influenced the development of East Asian Civilizations. Appropriate source materials for classroom use will be provided.
March 2, 2019 Teaching Chinese History Through Art; Presenting Modern China Through Literature and Film
  Nancy Steinhardt, Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the basic elements of Chinese art, which has been admired by artists and collectors throughout the world. She will show how classroom teachers can use specific works to teach Chinese history and culture. Erin Huang, Professor of East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, will use examples of literature and film to give participants insight into modern Chinese society. Specific ideas for lessons and sources will beprovided.
March 23, 2019

Teaching Japanese History Through Art and Literature


Frank Chance, Professor of Japanese Art at the University of Pennsylvania, will present an overview of traditional Japanese art in the context of Japanese geography and history. Employing a comparative approach, he shows Japanese works alongside contemporary Chinese and Korean works. Linda Chance, Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss poetry and short works of prose appropriate for the K-12 classroom. Sources and CD’s containing artworks and historical background will be provided.

April 27, 2019

Modern Chinese Politics:  Arts and Society in the Xi Jinping Era

  Rory Truex, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will elucidate changes in Chinese politics under Xi Jinping. He will show how these changes have affected various segments of society especially artists, writers, and film-makers. This session will be especially useful for participants teaching contemporary China.  Specific ideas for curriculum and sources will be provided.

Note:  You may sign up for all four sessions or choose individual sessions.
All sessions are Saturdays 9 AM to 4 PM held at Princeton University.

Registration deadlines

December 1, 2018 Apply by 11/20/18 Chinese Religious Beliefs and East Asian Civilization
March 2, 2019 Apply by 2/20/19 Teaching Chinese History Through Art; Presenting Modern China Through Literature and Film
March 23, 2019 Apply by 2/20/19 Teaching Japanese History Through Art and Literature
April 27, 2019 Apply by 2/20/19 Modern Chinese Politics: Arts and Society in the Xi Jinping Era


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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