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    Resources for Teachers

    If you are an educator teaching about East Asia, these featured resources are designed for you. The websites linked below offer informative primary sources, organized curriculums, exhaustive resource collections, and other classroom materials aimed at bringing East Asia and Asian America into the classroom. In addition to the generalized resources on East Asia featured here, resource pages designated to specific East Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan) are linked below. You can also find many other online materials listed on The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia's website. Be sure to also visit NCTA's Partner Sites, who provide excellent content on East Asia for K-12 educators.

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    asian america toolkit

    Resources and Strategies for Teaching about Asian America and Responding to Anti-Asian Racism 

    In this time when Asian Americans are being threatened by hate crimes, it is necessary now more than ever for educators to know how to respond to Anti-Asian racism and to create curriculums that effectively teach about Asian America. This toolkit provides resources that offer teachers contemporary context, tools for teaching about Asian American histories, strategies for becoming anti-racist, and information on supporting the mental and emotional health of students facing anti-Asian racism. These resources include articles written by educators, activists, and sociologists as well as highly acclaimed video lessons that provide valuable historical context and information for teaching procedures. Many thanks to the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado Boulder for this compilation of resources. For more information on this topic, please visit our page titled "Teaching China in the Age of Covid-19."


    storytelling through asian art

    Detroit Institute of Arts Learning Resources

    The Detroit Institute of Arts has developed a lesson resource titled "Storytelling Through Asian Art" which, through a blend of classroom and simulated museum experiences, teaches elementary students about East Asian art and the meaningful materials and symbols used therein. The materials available for download include: an educator resource in the form of a detailed lesson plan targeted for grades 2-5, a complete lesson slideshow in PDF format, an exhaustive list of artwork for the lesson along with sources, and a PDF with additional resources including artwork and activities. "Storytelling Through Asian Art" is available for download free of charge on the Detroit Institute of Arts website.


    Education About Asia Preview

    Education about Asia (EAA) Teaching Resource Journal

    Since the publication of its inaugural issue in 1996, Education About Asia (EAA) has been an invaluable teaching resource for middle and high school teachers. Featuring articles on all areas of Asia, with subjects ranging from ancient cultures and literature to current events; extensive print and digital resources including films, books, videos, curriculum guides, websites, software, and other useful educational tools; plus thematic issues on topics of particular interest. EAA is available in print or readers may access highly searchable digital archives of over 1,500 articles, teaching essays, and lesson plans for no charge.




     MIT VIsualizing Cultures PreviewMIT Visualizing Cultures

    Visualizing Cultures is an image-driven scholarship platform developed by MIT in 2002. It's goal is to "use new technology and hitherto inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past as people of the time visualized the world (or imagined it to be)." It features a series of topical units focused on East Asia. Visualizing Cultures develops image-driven scholarship and provides the public with previously inaccessible visual primary sources, allowing teachers and students alike to visualize the past. 

    Asia for EducatorsAsia for Educators

    Asia for Educators (AFE) is an initiative of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. This tool is designed to be used by students and educators at all levels. The provided teaching modules span many topics, including literature, art, world history, and more!



     queer activism taiwanLessons from Gay and Lesbian Activism in Asia  

    The right to equality for LGBTQ+ communities in Asia has been a constant struggle in modern history and activists today are working hard to secure impartiality, freedom from workplace discrimination, and marriage equality. With the importance of LGBTQ+ activism within the context of world history and key international issues, it is essential to include this activism in the narrative and learn from its wins and setbacks. This article, written by Ben Capell and Sherif A. Elgebeily, focuses on LGBTQ+ activism in the leading sinophone nations and the successes and struggles of these movements. The article is a detailed yet comprehensible introduction to LGBTQ+ activism in East Asia and we urge you to check it out.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the need for online resources has never been greater. The ARNCTA is committed to facilitating teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide. As we extend our digital presence in 2021, ARNCTA will be developing original resources for teachers. For more information about COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, please visit the CDC's website

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