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2015 NCTA Seminars in the Northwest Region

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) has been in existence since 1998, generously funded by the Freeman Foundation. NCTA began with five founding institutions and its partners, and now entering its seventeenth year, has grown to a network that stretches across much of the US. Each year NCTA in the northwest corner of the country, or "NCTA Northwest" (NCTA–NW), run by the University of Washington and its partners across the region, has served teachers through its seminars, study tours to Asia, and other activities. NCTA-NW holds seminars in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Teachers in other parts of the country can visit the NCTA national website for more information about NCTA in other states:

There were five 2015 Winter-Spring NCTA Seminars in the Pacific Northwest:

Seattle, WA: Reading Spaces and Places: Exploring East Asian Cities through the Visual and Literary Arts
Seattle, WA: East Asian Author Study Workshop: Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction
Tacoma, WA: China Matters: Understanding China in the 21st Century
Bellingham, WA: China Matters: Understanding China in the 21st Century
Boise, ID: East Asia and World War II

The 2015 Winter-Spring NCTA seminars have already concluded and applications for our residential summer institutes in Seattle have closed. Be sure to sign up for email updates to be among the first to know about upcoming seminars and other opportunities from the East Asia Resource Center.

Reading Spaces and Places: Exploring East Asian Cities through the Visual and Literary Arts

Melanie King, SCC Art History Faculty
Seattle, WA: Saturday, January 10, 24, 31, February 21 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and the evening of February 5 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum

City ImageReading Spaces and Places will examine major cities in China, Japan, and Korea across different eras to witness the emergence of these political and cultural centers as they responded to shifting politics, religious traditions, foreign incursions, and natural disasters. We will begin our studies in Xi'an, China, formerly Chang'an, home of the First Emperor's Army and the terminus of the Silk Road wherein we will examine political shifts and the convergence of religious and philosophical traditions in the classical past. From there we will move to Nara and Kyoto, Japan to see the expansion of Buddhism into Japan and the shift from a decidedly Chinese influenced society to the emergence of a uniquely Japanese perspective. We will conclude our study of major cities of East Asia in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries by looking at Beijing and Shanghai, China, Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo, Japan as each city center responds to imperialism, the war years, and the legacy of World War II. Our consideration of each location will focus on literary and visual characteristics of each space as they were impacted by the events of world history.

This seminar has concluded. 


East Asian Author Study Workshop: Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction

Mary Roberts, NCTA Seminar Leader
Seattle, WA: Saturday, January 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 31 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This East Asian Author Study workshop explores the intersection between literature and culture. Teachers of grades K-12 will gain new ideas, resources, and approaches to examine the culture and literature of China, Japan, and Korea. Each participant in the East Asian Author Study will choose an author appropriate for the grade level they teach and will read and study that author independently over the course of a month. Issues of political history, factual accuracy, and authenticity to the original culture will give focus to each author study. When we use books with students that are grounded in the accurate facts of a culture and have illustrations that adhere faithfully to the original culture, our students access reliable information.

Taught by NCTA seminar leader Mary Roberts, the class will meet for a two-hour introductory session followed by three weeks during which participants will work on their author studies. Then the group will reconvene for a three-hour meeting. Through whole group presentations teachers will share with one another information about their author and will leave the class with the whole group's author studies. Understanding that most of the work will be independent study, the class will meet five hours and will generate 10 clock hours.

This seminar has concluded.

China Matters: Understanding China in the 21st Century

Tese Neighbor, China Specialist

Two Locations:

Tacoma, WA: Thursdays, January 29, February 19, March 19, and April 23 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Bellingham, WA: Wednesdays, January 21, February 18, March 18, and April 22 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Since Mao’s death and Deng Xiaoping’s nationwide experiment with “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” China has become an increasingly complex and dynamic society. How can we integrate China into our teaching and situate China in a global context? How can we explore global themes such as nationalism, migration, urbanization, economic development, civil society, and sustainability, using China as an example? How do we support students to read behind the headlines, break down stereotypes and misconceptions, and distinguish between fact and opinion?

In this seminar, we will explore political, economic, social, and cultural themes that are emerging in 21st century China. Readings and resource discussions will further enhance our understanding of themes and also provide an avenue to explore individuals' voices through primary sources and other teaching resources.

This seminar has concluded.

East Asia and World War II

Shelton Woods, Professor of History at Boise State University
Boise, ID: Monday, January 26 and Monday, February 23 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This course will explore East Asia during World War II. We will study the chronological aspects of the War and land/sea battles in East Asia. The focus of the seminar, however, will be the social, economic, political, and religious changes that occurred in China and Japan due to World War II. We will also explore the best pedagogical methods that would work in presenting this epic event to our students.  Three additional lectures will be viewed online between Jan. 26 and Feb. 23.

This seminar has concluded.
Photo: "A Chinese soldier guards a line of American P-40 fighter planes" by Marion Doss; licensed under CC BY 2.0

Past (2014) NCTA Northwest seminars:

East Asia: Great Traditions and Modern Transformations
Steve Thorpe and Steve Kohl

Chinese Culture in Context
Professor Paul Dunscomb and Mischell Anderson, University of Alaska at Anchorage

Writing about Asia Workshop in conjunction with the Saturday University Lecture Series: Love, Loss and Longing
Mary Roberts, Librarian

China’s Transformation from Mao to Now
Tese Neighbor, China specialist

Origins of East Asian Art: China, Korea, and Japan from the Neolithic Era to the Advent of Buddhism
Melanie King, Art History Faculty at SCCC

Asia Between the Two World Wars
Professor Shelton Woods, Boise State University

East Asian Author Study Workshop: Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction
Mary Roberts, Librarian

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