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 Materials and Resources
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 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 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 Juliet. A 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 Course Resources: A 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 koto, shakuhachi, shamisen 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.
A list of resources for teaching about COVID-19 in East Asia. This list includes online articles, videos, and multimedia presentations "crowdsourced" from NCTA staff and educators from across the country. Please keep in mind that this list is a "snapshot" in time during a rapidly changing situation. New resources will be added continuously throughout the crisis.
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Day of the Western Sunrise is a documentary about Castle Bravo, the largest U.S. nuclear test to date, and the lives of 23 Japanese fishermen who were caught in the radioactive fallout during the 1954 test in the Bikini Atoll. Told in a combination of Japanese kamishibai animation and live action, the film can be used to discuss issues of nuclearization, advocacy, and humans rights as well as connecting to subjects such as history, art and science. The documentary is supplemented with an NCTA alumni created Educational Toolkit designed specifically for educators.
Individuals and institutions can purchase the DVD and Toolkit at: http://daliborkafilms.com/
Asia 1-2-3 (pdf) is a toolkit of Asia-related books and hands-on projects for kids (4-11 yrs), teachers and librarians. This unit was put together by the former Asian Studies Center's Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Murawski and Julie G. Kant, a children's librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Images of China (pdf): A series of photographs taken by Dr. Diana M. Wood, NCTA's Enrichment & Sustainability Coordinator during her many trips to China.
Selected Books on East Asia for Pre-K through 5th Grade (pdf): A listing of recommended books compiled by professional children's librarians, library journals, and Asia educators on a wide variety of East Asian topics (culture, art, folklore, language)
2018 NCTA Teaching Modules : In 2018, seven NCTA alumni from throughout Tennessee created fourteen teaching modules about East Asia that are deisgned to both accommodate the Tennessee 2019 Middle and Seconday School Social Studies standards and to reach a national audience of teachers and students. Module topics include low fertilty rates and population issues in Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, post-war development of the two Koreas, and Confucius.