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Recommended Websites for K-12 Educators

There are many websites that provide tips and content for bringing East Asia, China, Korea, and Japan into the classroom. Below are a few that we recommend for East Asia (general), China, Japan, and Korea:

 

East Asia

Asia for Educators
This site from Columbia University offers an on-line curriculum about East Asia including lectures, discussion questions, handouts and supplementary materials.

Asia Society: Education & Learning
An online clearinghouse for materials pertaining to Asian Studies. Follow the "Resources for Schools" link for lesson plans and professional development opportunities.

East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University
Interesting lesson plans, curriculum guides, and tools such as "Monsters and the Monstrous in Japanese History & Culture" and "Tibet & China," and instructions for using Photovoice, a teaching method based on photosharing to connect students across cultures.

Curriculum Units from Yale–New Haven Teachers' Institute
Hundreds of teaching units on many themes, including education in China, Migration, Japanese film, and Korean food (under the "Social Studies" header). Organized alphabetically.

Fordham University Internet East Asian History Sourcebook
Images, texts, and other information about China, Korea, and Japan, which can be used for educational purposes.

Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)
SPICE offers exciting lesson plans for sale such as one on the Silk Road. Check out their free samples on Japanese castle towns and Chinese picture brides to preview the quality.

Maps of Asia
Maps developed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, made available through the University of Texas at Austin.

Social Studies Resources for Students and Teachers
This site has a list of very useful links for both students and teachers that deal with various topics in the area of Social Studies

Asian Educational Media Service
Helps educators find multimedia resources for teaching about Asia in order to promote understanding of Asian cultures and peoples. Developed by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.

 

China

Internet Guide to Chinese Studies
An annotated list of websites, maintained by the Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University. Covers all aspects of Chinese culture from economics to art.

CIA Factbook: China
This site from the Central Intelligence Agency offers a good overview of China.

History of China
This site from the University of Maryland offers a succinct overview of this complex topic, including a timeline.

Teachers Guide to Chinese Geography
Links on various East Asia topics such as bamboo, calligraphy, expatriates in China, and much, much more.

China the Beautiful
Links to information on classical Chinese art, calligraphy, poetry, history, literature, painting and philosophy are found here. Be sure to see their pages on the Chinese New Years.

The Silk Road Foundation
This site offers many fine resources including maps, pictures, and biographies associated with trade between China and the west over the centuries.

A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization

Includes a helpful Teachers' Guide.

 

Japan

Japan Information Network
Official site sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers a wealth of data including the latest statistics, maps, addresses, a virtual museum, synopsis of trends, and more. It also provides links to the best sites for finding factual information about Japan.

The Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation is the first organization that specializes in international cultural exchange in Japan. Online information, publications, and a source for items helpful in teaching Japanese culture.

The Japanese Garden
This site from Bowdoin College offers a comprehensive guide to the materials, history, and meaning of gardening in Japan. The extensive links provide further information.

Kids Web Japan
Fun website for kids (in English) with sections titled "What's Cool," "Hi-Tech," and "Virtual Culture." Kids can explore topics such as what kids their age wear to school in Japan, bento box lunches, manga, games, travel, and more.

CIA Factbook: Japan
Facts, data, and statistics about Japan, compiled by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

U.S.-Japan Education Links
This site from the National Association of Japan-America Societies offers a wealth of links for educators and students.

Joseph Wu's Origami Page
Excellent starting point for web resources on origami as an art and science.

 

 

Korea

The Korea Society
Hundreds of lesson plans and podcasts about Korea, available for free download.

Life in Korea
Life in Korea takes an in-depth look at different aspects of Korean culture, society, and customs for a better understanding of the Korean people and their language.

CIA Factbook: South Korea
This site from the Central Intelligence Agency offers an overview of South Korea.

CIA Factbook: North Korea
This site from the Central Intelligence Agency offers an overview of North Korea.

Korea Net
The official site of the Republic of Korea offers stories, recipes, statistics, and even links to learning Korean online.

Exploring the Environment: The Korean Enigma
NASA's Classroom of the Future (COTF) module about Korean history offers summaries and maps.


August 2014
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SWCAS & MCAA Joint Conference, 2014

CEAS will host a joint conference of the Southwest Conference of Asian Studies (SWCAS) &
the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) in Lawrence, KS on October 3-5, 2014

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Program Chair: J. Megan Greene, mgreene@ku.edu

New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (mizu@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

New CEAS Study Abroad Program

The University of Kansas recently participated in the Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow, a 10-day study abroad trip to Japan for 23 students from Kansas universities. In the 2014-15 school year CEAS will host a group of students from Japan.

New Students: Are you interested in learning about another language or culture while at KU? Get started this Sunday by checking out the Welcome Event from the KU Area Studies Centers from 3 to 5 on Jayhawk Blvd, at the Southwest Corner of Jayhawk and Sunnyside. http://www.calendar.ku.edu/index.php?option=eventview&ce_id=60601 See what the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies is bringing below. For East Asia, we'll have a drum performance and some really amazing cookies. #hawkweek
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