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 Asia


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.

Note:  You may sign up for all four sessions or choose individual sessions.

Sessions:  All sessions are Saturdays 9 AM to 4 PM held at Princeton University.

  • December 1     Chinese Religious Beliefs and East Asian Civilization
  • March 2            Teaching Chinese History Through Art and Literature and Film

  • March 23          Teaching Japanese History Through Art and Literature

  • April 27             Modern Chinese Politics and the Arts


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. Each day-long seminar includes a morning session taught by a faculty member from Princeton, Columbia, or the University of Pennsylvania on his or her area of expertise, and the afternoon session is led by a faculty member of a New Jersey high school. 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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