Teaching About Asia


East Asia in World History
From the Silk Road to the Belt and Road

Saturdays, January 9, January 23, January 30, 2021; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For teachers of World History, World Cultures, World Literature, and Art
Professional Development Credit for NJ Teachers

The experts support your classroom instruction: University professors and secondary teachers address topics commonly taught in middle and high school curriculums.    

  • Confucianism and Buddhism

  • Trade and Cultural Exchanges along the Silk Road

  • Growth of Trade, Commercial Institutions, and Western Contacts in Early Modern China and Japan

  • Post World War II Development of Chinese and Japanese Economies in an Era of Globalization

Saturday, January 9th - Traditional East Asia

  • Confucian China Confronts Its First Western Religion, Buddhism
    Stephen F. Teiser, Princeton University
  • By Land and By Sea: The Silk and Ceramics Road During the Time of the Tang Dynasty (608-907 CE) and its Capital Changan
    Chao-Hui Jenny Liu, Princeton University

Saturday, January 23rd - Early Modern East Asia

  • Print, Travel, and Nation in Early Modern Japan
    David Spafford, University of Pennsylvania
  • Using Primary Sources to Place Ming and Qing China in a Global Context
    Meghan Mikulski, Cherry Hill Public Schools

Saturday, January 30th - East Asia in the Modern World

  • “Globalization” Through the Prism of Modern Japan
    Frederick Dickinson, University of Pennsylvania
  • From Detente to Dissonance: China's Development and Global Role From Mao to Xi
    David Kenley, Dakota State University
  • China and the West for AP World and traditional World History
    Ron Hoglund, Cranford Public Schools
  • Breakout Groups for Curriculum Discussion

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


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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