Upcoming Events & Sustainability Activities

Peony Pavilion PerformanceAs the NCTA program has grown and expanded across the country, we have become increasingly interested in exploring ways that we can strengthen NCTA alumni teachers' interest in and commitment to improving teaching about East Asia. Within the Pittsburgh region we will support the following types of sustainability activities:





Japanese Popular Culture: An NCTA Video-conference Lecture Series


Please join us in February and March for a video-conference lecture series for teachers on Japanese Popular Culture by two of the leading specialists in the field.  This video-conference lecture series is going to be hosted in multiple locations in our NCTA region (see below)


  • February 24, 6-7:30pm. "Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization." William Tsutsui, President of Hendrix College.    
  • March 17, 6-7:30pm.  "Teaching Japanese Videogames: Why, How and an Example of What" Rachael Hutchinson from the University of Delaware.


NCTA alumni who attend either one of these sessions will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Tsutsui’s 2010 book Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (Key Issues in Asian Studies series; Association for Asian Studies, Inc.)   


These lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required by emailing the appropriate contact person at the hosting site:



The video-conferences will also be joined by students from the following schools:

Pine-Richland High School (Pittburgh, PA)

Garrison Forrest School (Baltimore. MD)



This lecture series is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, and the Freeman Foundation.





China's Second Continent NCTA Book Discussion Group.


This winter/spring NCTA-Pittsburgh will sponsor a seventh online book discussion to be led by Dr. Diana Marston Wood (NCTA’s enrichment consultant).  This time we have selected CHINA’S SECOND CONTINENT by Howard W. French.  This book presents an excellent analysis of a topic which has received scant attention from American media.  The book’s subtitle provides a crucial clue to French’s focus:  “How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa.” An engaging writer, Mr. French has lived and worked in China as well as numerous Africa countries.  Some questions to be explored are the following:

    • What are China’s goals for investment and settlement in African countries?
      What are the benefits and disadvantages for Africans?
      How does China’s involvement in Africa constitute an innovative approach to globalization?
  • Will China’s growing engagement help rebuild Africa or result in rapacious recolonization?


Registration Deadline: February 9, 2015.

For more information and to register, please see our flyer: China's Second Continent Flyer


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