Online Book Discussion Group(s)

About Online Book Discussion Groups


Online book groups are another opportunity for NCTA alumni as well as those who are new to NCTA to strengthen their interest in and commitment to teaching about East Asia in their classrooms. A book is selected by the discussion group leader and is discussed over the course of a few months. In addition to readings, the group may be expected to complete assignments such as discussion posts, reactions to the readings, and pose questions for further analysis. Registration is required for the discussion group and it is open to all NCTA alumni in our 11 state region. There are also book groups that are taught nationwide and are availabe to interested educators in all states. Previous online discussion group books have been Mao Zedong by Jonathan Spence and China's Second Continent by Howard W. French.

Please check back here frequently and on the main page for online book groups.



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Spring 2024 NCTA Alumni Online Book Discussion Group: Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power


Spring 2024 NCTA Alumni Online Book Discussion Group: 

Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power 

by Howard W. French

Online, Asynchronous Book Discussion Group

January 21 - March 31, 2024

This free online book group will examine the ways in which China’s cultural and historical legacies are currently shaping its drive to reestablish itself as the dominant power in Asia. Former New York Times reporter Howard French draws on his extensive experience and deep research to offer important insights into how the Chinese view their experience of humiliation at the hands of Western powers and their desire to return to what they see as their rightful place among world powers. The projection of Chinese military power in the South China Sea is just one example of China’s ambitions regarding their territorial claims reaching back centuries.

This discussion group will be conducted asynchronously beginning January 21, 2024 and will continue through March 31, 2024 in 6 two-week modules. 

For Pennsylvania teachers, completion of this book discussion will be worth fourteen Act 48 hours.  For teachers in other states we can provide you with a certificate of completion and/or a personal letter from the instructor. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

This discussion group is for all NCTA Alumni in the University of Pittsburgh Coordinating Site region (PA, OH, MI, WV, MD, AL, MN, DE, LA, IL, KY)

After you register, we will send you a confirmation email and will (depending on your response below) a complimentary copy of the book.  You will also receive information on logging on to the Proboards Discussion Board site and a schedule of the readings and assignments.

Registration Deadline: December 21, 2023
or until book group fills
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