South Asia Resources for Teachers


The South Asia National Outreach Council announces the Inaugural South Asia Book Awards.

The two 2012 Award Books are Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shawn (Henry Holt and Company), and Island's End by Padma Venkatraman (G.P. Putnam's Sons, division of Penguin Young Readers Group). Out of the thirty submissions for this year's award, four books were selected as Honor Books, and five additional books were recognized as Highly Commended books. The award information can be found on SABA's new website:

The announcement of the award winners, honor books and other commended titles is attached. We will circulate an annotated version of the list widely, to inform teachers, librarians and others about the fine books available dealing with South Asia and South Asians living in the diasporas. Please help spread the news of the award with your center community!


We plan to present the award in conjunction with the 41st Annual Conference on South Asia at the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 6-8:30pm.

The South Asia National Outreach Council is a consortium of 8 South Asia National Resource Centers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction about Soht Asia in the United States. This project is funded by a grant under the provisions of Title VI by the US Education Department.

 The following resources are intended for the use of K-14 educators in the Pacific Northwest. Please call (206) 543-4800 or email for details.


Video Resources
Videos about South Asia for use in the classroom.

Printed Resources
Books, pamphlets and other items, some of which are reproducible.

Other Resources
Audiotapes, maps, clothing, etc., for use in the classroom.  

Thematic Resources

The Artists of Nathadwara Learn about the art, artists, and temple of the Rajasthani town of Nathadwara

A Virtual Indian Village

OutreachWorld: A Resource for Teaching Kids About the World

Lesson Plans


“In the Face of Xenophobia: Lessons to Address Bullying of South Asian American Youth”

Bullying has been noted as an acute problem within U.S. schools. It manifests as a power imbalance in schools and society, and includes physical, social, and psychological intimidation. Since the tragic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, students and families who have no connection to terrorism have been singled out, harassed, and attacked.   
This curriculum primarily focuses on South Asian Americans—whose families (perhaps many generations ago) originally hail from the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Examples in the lessons demonstrate how national, ethnic or religious groups are often confused and conflated.  
The goals of the curricular pack are to:
* Provide resources to educators seeking to interrupt bullying and harassment in their schools and community. 
* Build awareness of the issues faced by children and youth who are targeted by bias-based bullying.
* Foster empathy and action to intervene in situations of injustice that occur in schools and communities. 
The Curricular Pack can be downloaded for free from SAALT’s resource page:
or directly at:

Pakistan's 2010 Floods


Exploring Asia: Performing Arts



Exploring Asia: Youth and Childhood: Our 2007 Newspapers in Education Series and Curriculum Guide

Teacher Guide

Childhood and Youth Culture: Overview

Children's Work in India

Keeping in Touch in Java

New and Old Connections in Central Asia

School and Exams in Japan

Classroom Activities About India: Lessons written by Fulbright 1998 Teachers. Includes lessons on Arranged Marriages, What is Sacred?, Education in India, An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind: Teaching Modern Indian History through the film Gandhi, You Who Have Sprung from Heaven and Earth: A Self-Directed Exploration of Hindu Mythology, Discovering Demographics: A Lesson in Reading, Interpreting, and Displaying Demographic Data, Tradition and Modernity: Forming Connections between Cultures

The Shah Bano Case: A Teaching Unit

Ask Asia's lessons plans on India.

New York Times Kashmir in the Crossfire


Full Ride College Scholarships for Studying Hindi or Urdu: the Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program at University of Texas



South Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4800 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax

Anand Yang, Director

Keith Snodgrass, Associate Director

Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator

Nick Gottschall, Graduate Student Assistant

Robyn Davis, FLAS Coordinator

Sunila Kale, Graduate Program Coordinator