Teaching About Asia

Teaching About Asia 2022

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Teaching China, Japan, and Korea in the Middle School: History and Culture
Integrating East Asia into a Study of World Civilizations
Through Connections, Comparisons, and Conflicts

While this year’s focus is on the middle school, the program is open to all New Jersey teachers, especially teachers of Social Studies, English / Language Arts, Art, Languages, and upper elementary grades

Virtual Session I: Traditional China, Japan, and Korea.  February 26; March 5, March 19  

  • Foundations: Confucianism and Buddhism
  • The Golden Age: Traditional East Asia as a center of technology, trade, urban life, and the arts
  • From the Silk Road to the Belt and Road: Trade Routes connected East Asia to Europe and the Middle East.  China becomes part of a global economy in the early modern period

Virtual Session II: Modern East Asia: April 2, April 23rd, May 7th

  • Revolutionary change in the modern period: The Chinese Revolution brings social upheaval, followed by rapid economic growth and a quest for power under Xi Jinping
  • Japan builds an empire, suffers defeat, and creates a successful democracy
  • Korea: A Tale of Two Countries

Sessions:   9 AM to 1 PM (Saturdays) held virtually via Zoom videoconference

Questions?  Please contact Lesley Solomon at lesley86@hotmail.com

Link to flyer announcement (PDF printable) Teaching About Asia (2022)


Lesley Solomon, Coordinator of Teachers, NCTA Princeton
Richard Chafey, Administrator, NCTA Princeton

Teachers Receive:

  • Presentations from Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania professors
  • Curriculum ideas from practicing classroom teachers
  • Texts, materials, and PowerPoints for classroom use
  • Up to 30 Professional Development Credits for New Jersey teachers


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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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