Statement Condemning Attacks Against Asians and Asian-Americans

As attacks against Asians and Asian-Americans throughout the country increase, the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) stands in solidarity with and offers its support to all individuals and groups that are being subject to violence and hate-crimes. As an organization dedicated to the teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide, NCTA strives to develop global citizenship based on the principles of cross-cultural understanding, equality, and justice.

We therefore speak out forcefully and unequivocally against the increase in prejudice, discrimination and institutionalized racism in the United States. Violence and hate crimes against others are in direct contradiction to developing an inclusive, democratic society and keeping the U.S. viable both economically and culturally. Every act of violence, every hate-crime, every case of discrimination threatens not only those against whom it is committed, it threatens all of us. The NCTA therefore stands behind the efforts to provide support, protection and advocacy to those who are being discriminated against.
Established in 1998, the NCTA has long worked to assist K-12 educators to incorporate East Asia into the curriculum, with the goal of developing American citizens who are informed and knowledgeable about other areas of the world and their own place in the broader world.
Brenda G. Jordan, Director
NCTA University of Pittsburgh National Coordinating Site
Patrick Hughes, Assisstant Director
NCTA University of Pittsbugh National Coordinating Site
Stephen Wludarski, Program Assistant
NCTA University of Pittsburgh National Coordinating Site

Welcome to the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) at the University of Pittsburgh

For over 20 years, the nationwide network of NCTA sites has worked with thousands of K-12 educators to provide high-quality professional development opportunities. Funded by the Freeman Foundation, NCTA gets teachers quickly up to speed on the histories, arts, cultures, politics, languages and literatures of East Asia, with a particular focus on China, Japan and Korea.  The core of our professional development opportunities are our 36-hour seminars for educators, taught by university faculty throughout our eleven state region of Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In addition to our core seminars, we also host other professional development opportunities, such as workshops, webinars, online book discussions, and study tours to East Asia. We look forward to working with you.


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