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    October Workshop: Asia Today

    On Saturday, October 23rd we will be hosting "Asia Today: Contemporary Cultures and Politics", a 6 hour, virtual workshop for Grade K-12 Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana teachers held in conjunction with the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies. Participants will receive 6 hours of continuing education credit, $30 worth of classroom materials, and complementary registration to the SWCAS annual meeting ($40 value) featuring cultural performances and presentations on cutting-edge research by top scholars of Asia from around the world. Any participants who attended the workshop will also receive priority registration for future NCTA events. Registration is limited to 20 participants so register here today!

    SWCASThe "Asia Today: Contemporary Cultures and Politics" workshop−sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia and the Association for Asian Studiesbrings together nationally renowned scholars from throughout the region to discuss some of the most important cultural and political issues facing Asia today. It also provides educators with reading materials on key issues in Asian Studies and the knowledge to effectively incorporate contemporary Asia into the classroom. Register by October 1st with the link below.

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    Teachers who attend the workshop will receive:

    • Six hours continuing education credit
    • $30 worth of classroom ready materials for teaching about contemporary Asia
    • Complementary registration to the SWCAS annual meeting ($40 value)
    • Priority enrollment for future NCTA programs


    Schedule and Speakers:

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

    9:00 - 10:15: NCTA Panel 1 | Asia Today: Contemporary Politics 

    Chair: Dr. Carrie Currier, Texas Christian University

    “Contemporary Japanese Politics: What are the Major Controversies and Why is One Party So Strong?” Dr. Ko Maeda, University of North Texas

    “CHINA: Asia’s Communist Wall Street” Dr. Steven Lewis, Rice University

    “A Primer for Teaching ‘One China” Dr. Hans Stockton, University of St. Thomas


    10:45 - 12:00: NCTA Panel 2 | Asia Today: Contemporary Cultures in a Global Context

    Chair: Dr. Zach Smith, University of Central Arkansas

    “‘A Little Dilemma’ The Harsh Reality of Education in China Seen Through a TV Drama” Dr. Zhaoxi Liu, Trinity University

    “Partial Eclipse of the Sun: Trends in Contemporary Japanese Culture” Dr. Mindy Landeck, Austin College 

    “Korean Popular Culture and Urban Tourism Promotion” Dr. Youjeong Oh, University of Texas at Austin


    3:00 - 4:15: NCTA Panel 3 | Asia in the Classroom - Practical Strategies and Applications

    Co-Facilitators: Dr. Carrie Currier and Dr. Zach Smith


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    For more information on the SWCAS 2021 Annual Meeting visit their page at https://www.swcas.net/.

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