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    Events | Previous Workshops and Resource Guides

    Here you can find previous ARNCTA events and their resources. These lists have been created with the help of our collaborators and speakers for teachers interested in implementing the workshop content into their classroom curriculums, and all of the resources are free and easy to use. As we host more events moving forward, we will update this compilation to offer more resources.

    "Teaching Modern China: A Century of Revolution" June 2024Teaching Modern China image

    China’s modern transformation from enfeebled empire to global economic superpower is among the most significant historical developments of the last century. This workshop provides Grade 5 - 12 teachers with an overview of the major events, themes, and ideas from China’s tumultuous twentieth century as well as a guide to its present political moment. Along the way, we will explore rich classroom resources—from the radical literature and glamorous advertisements of China’s Republican period, to the propaganda posters and poignant memoirs of China’s communist revolution under Mao Zedong, to the policies of (and protests against) China's current authoritarian government.


    "Centering Southeast Asia: Teaching Modern Vietnam" June 2023

    Once considered one of the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped nations, Vietnam has since flourished with major technological and structural advancements in the modern age. This resource compilation is based on our virtual workshop “Centering Southeast Asia: Teaching Modern Vietnam,” which provided educators with a comprehensive introduction to the history and politics of the geographical area.



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    "Teaching Women's History in Asia" March 2023

    ARNCTA celebrated Women's History Month with a Three-Part Virtual Series, "Teaching Women's History in Asia." As folk heroes, religious icons, and wartime survivors, women have played crucial roles in shaping East Asian history, and their stories provide a vital window into the culture, society, and politics of China, Korea, and Japan. In this series, Asia scholars and specialists from around the region provided participants with crucial context, concrete strategies, and digital resources for centering women and Asia in their classrooms.


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    "Asia Across the Curriculum: Encountering Asia in Wellness, Science, Music, and Art" October 2022

    October 7th through the 8th we hosted our series of pedagogical workshops "Asia Across the Curriculum: Encountering Asia in Wellness, Science, Music, and Art" in conjunction with the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies. The event was a success, with renowned scholars of Asia teaching the educators and teacher candidates in attendance multidisciplinary ways of engaging Asia in their classrooms. Check out our summary of the event here!


     arcgis"Traveling the Silk Road: Culture & Commerce in Medieval Asia" June 2022 

    Join us on a tour of the diverse cultures, kingdoms, merchants, and monks who forged lasting connections between Asia and the rest of world over 1000 years ago. Drawing on cutting-edge research and diverse, multimedia teaching resources, these workshop materials equip teachers with the sources and perspectives necessary to immerse students in one of the most important early forms of cultural exchange, highlighting the important connections to our contemporary global world.
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    The “Three Teachings” of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism first emerged in China thousands of years ago, but their influence can still be felt today in many aspects of East Asian culture, politics, and society today. Moreover, scholarly perspectives on the origins, development, and lasting influence of the Three Teachings have continued to grow and evolve. These resources explore these religio-philosophical schools, their individual worldviews, how they have coexisted, and their lasting influence on East Asia and the world. 
    Since 2017, the Chinese government has imprisoned over 1 million Uyghur Muslims in what has become the largest mass internment of an ethnic group since World War II. Currently, around 11 million Uyghurs live in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, and Chinese government policies targeting Uyghur communities in the name of combating “religious extremism” have drawn condemnation from foreign governments and human rights organizations around the world. These resources provide context and teaching strategies for integrating a discussion of the ongoing Uyghur crisis into social studies classrooms.
    Covid Grafitti"Teaching China in the Age of Covid-19" October 2020

    Covid-19 has led to a troubling rise in anti-Asian racism, as historical prejudices collide with new strains of misinformation that threaten the lives and livelihoods of Asian American communities, while simultaneously transforming the geopolitical relationship between the United States and China. This resource compilation, based on our event "Teaching China in the Age of Covid-19," provides teachers with online readings and resources, classroom strategies, and practical advice for addressing Covid-19 in their (physical or virtual) classrooms in ways that expand our understanding of the global community.

    To keep up with ARNCTA's upcoming workshops, check out our News & Events page. Additional educational programs are offered through our parent organization, NCT Asia. More resources can be found here.

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    Housed within the Asian Studies Program at the University of Central Arkansas, the Arkansas NCTA aims to empower elementary and secondary school teachers to center East Asian art, literature, history, and culture in their classrooms.

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