Pitt NCTA Workshop Resources

In a League of Their Own: Exploring Taiwan’s Colonial Past through the Baseball Film, Kano Educators Resources

In a League of Their Own: Exploring Taiwan’s Colonial Past through the Baseball Film, Kano held on May 9, 2024, explored the history of Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule through the baseball film, Kano. The film depicts the true story of the Kagi Agricultural and Forestry School (Kano) baseball team, an underdog, multi-ethnic team of Chinese, Indigenous Taiwanese, and Japanese high school players, who defied the odds to reach the 1931 Japanese High School Baseball Championship. While Korea’s experience as a Japanese colony is often discussed in textbooks, this workshop sought to highlight the unique contours of Taiwan’s colonial experience as well as how it is remembered in the island today. This program included a discussion of the history of Japanese colonialism in Taiwan and how memories of colonialism shape Taiwanese identity. Additionally, this workshop featured a discussion of film and filmmaking in Taiwan, the "Sport Movie" genre, and Taiwanese soft-power. Speakers also introduced curriculum integration ideas, a website, and resources for adding themes found in the film into your classroom.  Click Here to Access the Workshop Resources

Food in Contemporary Japanese Literature: An NCTA Workshop for K-12 Educators Resources

Food in Contemporary Japanese Literature: An NCTA Workshop for K–12 Educators, held on October 25, 2023, that offered an introduction to contemporary Japanese literature through readings that celebrate food. It began with a video featuring award-winning author Hideo Furukawa and his translator, Kendall Heitzman, discussing a chapter from his memoir Zero F, set in Fukushima after the March 2011 disaster. Next, it looked at popular Japanese literary genres, including manga, modern tanka poetry, the I-novel tradition, and zuihitsu. Lastly, it concluded with the possibilities of translation, using a tanka by Ainu poet Hokuto Iboshi, guided by notes from poetry translator Andrew Campana. This workshop provided guidance for teachers in K-12 who want to include contemporary Japanese writing in their curriculum or to focus on food writing. Click Here to Access the Workshop Resources

Centering Taiwan in Global Asia: An NCTA Resource Workshop for K-12 Educators Resources

Centering Taiwan in Global Asia: An NCTA Resource Workshop for K-12 Educators was a collaborative K-12 curriculum resource workshop with the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh on October 19, 2023, which sought to examine the island of Taiwan's rich and compelling historical narrative as well as the important role it plays in today's geopolitical and economic landscape. This workshop also included strategies for incorporating the study of Taiwan into the K-12 classroom with the award-winning interactive curriculum resource website, Centering Taiwan in Global AsiaClick Here to Access the Workshop Resources

Great Books of East Asia Series

The Great Books of East Asia Series is a free book discussion series that will give K-12 educators a chance to delve deeply into important and foundational books from East Asia that they may know of or even teach about but may have never read in an enriching way.  Some books in the series are significant for understanding East Asia or are well known as important works of world literature. Others may not be familiar outside of a particular country but are a central part of that country’s literature.  Participants will be provided with complimentary copies of the books (in translation). The discussions will be led a faculty expert who will provide content and context on the work, and an NCTA master teacher who will discuss ways to incorporate the work into the classroom.

Teaching The Global Water Crisis: Mini-Course Resources

Teaching The Global Water Crisis was mini-course for K-12 educators thatl explored the global water crisis through attention to its geo-political, cultural, economic, and technological aspects, with particular attention to scholars and practitioners working within the environmental, political, and technological framework to address these challenges using a people-centered approach. Held over February 8, 10, and 11, 2021, Special attention was given to the case of East Asia. Click here to access the resources

Public Art + Dissent: Art, Protest, and Public Spaces: Mini-course Resources

Public Art + Dissent: Art, Protest and Public Spaces was an online mini-course for K-12 educators held over the course of three days, November 9, 11, and 13, 2020. In this Pitt NCTA/Global Studies Center collaboration, speakers discussed how protest artists use public spaces to engage in dialogues with their public as well as other artists around the world. Recent and contemporary public art examples from around the world were showcased to demonstrate ways in which public art transcends national boundaries and is used for protest, dissent, and commentary on political, social, and cultural issues. Topics included the works of Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusuma, street artists in Bogota, Columbia, Loyalist murals from Northern Ireland, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Teaching on the Silk Roads: A Workshop for K-12 Educators Resources for Educators

Teaching on the Silk Roads: A Workshop for K-12 Educators was an August 20, 2020 program that featured Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer (University of Pittsburgh) and Dr. Thomas R. Mueller (California University of Pennsylvania) in an exploration of the global significance of the Silk Road trade network that connected India, Central and East Asia, and Europe for over a thousand years. Special focus is paid to the development of the New Silk Road and how the Silk Roads of the past are shaping China's Belt and Road Initiative. Part of our exploration of the Silk Roads will involve interactive mapping (using ArcGIS Online) which teachers and students can use throughout the school year.

Whose Narrative: Re-examining War Memorials in East Asia and the US Resources

Whose Narrative: Re-examining War Memorials in East Asia and the US was an innovative collaboration held on April 4, 2019. The recorded video program featured Dr. David Kenley, Elizabethtown College, and Dr. Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh. This two part workshop focused on understanding the history, context and messages convayed through war memorials in East Asia and the US. 

Teaching Go: Book Discussion and Workshop Resources

Teaching Go: Book Discussion Group and Workshop Resources Teaching Go was an online book discussion of the 2018 Freeman Award winning book, Go, by Kazuki Kaneshiro that took place in May 2020. The discussion was led by Dr. David Kenley of Elizabethtown College, PA, a well-known NCTA speaker and Ms. Michele Beauchamp, NCTA alum and literature specialist. Presentations focused on the history of Koreans living in Japan as well as the litereary connections that the novel shares with Romeo and JulietA modern nod to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Go is the story of a Korean boy and a Japanese girl who fall in love. Kaneshiro examines the ideas of fate and love at first sight, friendship and violence. The author’s main focus of this bildungsroman is how we define ethnicity and identity, and the effects of prejudice and discrimination.

The Sound of (Japanese) Music Online Mini Course Resources

The Sound of (Japanese) Music Course Resources: series of presentations and performances by four Japanese music ethnomusicologists that occurred in the late spring/summer of 2020. Designed to deepen your level of understanding of traditional Japanese music, these presentations expand your knowledge of Japanese history and culture, including modern music innovations. The presentations covered the evolving traditions of the kotoshakuhachishamisen and the recent development of taiko drumming. Listed on the next page are each lecture with links to the video recording/essay and handout/resource list associated with each presentation.