New Book Group: Factory Girls: Then and Now. January 25 – March 13, 2020. Factory Girls, a New York Times Notable Book in 2008, has new relevance in 2020 in the context of China's slowing economy and trade frictions. This course will delve into the human face of China's migrant factory population and consider how domestic and global factors impact the lives of China's industrial workforce. Flyer and application.
New Book Group: Bullets and Opium: Reflections on China 30 Years After Tiananmen. January 16 – February 26, 2020. This book group will do close readings of specific chapters of the 2019 book Bullets and Opium to offer participants a deeper understanding of the events surrounding the Tiananmen protests, their repercussions, and their place in Chinese history. This semester's book group will focus on the stories in Part II of the book. Flyer and application.
Film Group: China's City Dreams: Urbanization, Demolition, and the Chaos of Reality. January 15 – March 6, 2020. This course examines key issues in contemporary China through three films, each of which explores China's explosive urbanization in an unconventional and provocative way. These films explore the consequences of rapid urbanization and help us understand that, for many living in China today, the rise of the city as a beacon of progress is an illusion hiding the chaotic reality that unchecked urbanization has rendered upon people's lives. Flyer and application.
Online Seminar: Chinese History through Its Dynasties: Song, Ming, Qing. January 17 – April 3, 2020. This seminar introduces significant elements of China's political, social, and cultural history through the examination of China's dynasties covering the period 960-1911 CE. High school social studies teachers investigate historical themes and analyze exemplary curriculum materials on the Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Flyer and application.
New Seminar: East Asia in the Early Modern World. January 23 – April 13, 2020. In this seminar, secondary teachers will gain an understanding of the political, economic, and cultural systems of the early modern East Asian world and reconsider narratives of encounters and conflicts with European imperialist powers. The course examines East Asia's overlooked international relations through primary and secondary sources. Flyer and application.
New Book Group: Japan through Children's Literature: Dreaming of Noodles. January 31 – April 9, 2020. K-8 teachers will explore the themes of the early post-war period, minorities and identity in Japan, and food culture through recent children's books, A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata and Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz. In addition, participants will discuss classroom applications for language arts and social studies. Flyer and application.