Other Resources

Asian Studies Resources Online

ABC-CLIO – ABC-CLIO focuses on history and social studies resources for the scholar, student, teacher, and librarian in universities and secondary schools.

Asia for Educators – A resource site for teachers developed by Columbia University’s East Asian Curriculum Project (EACP), a national initiative devoted to supporting education on Asia at the secondary and elementary levels. Focusing primarily on China and Japan, the site features teaching units, lesson plans, primary-source readings, resource lists, bibliographies, and more.

Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus Course Readers – Asia scholars have chosen exemplary articles from the journal for thematic course readers. A general introduction illustrates the themes in each reader, and introductions for individual essays create dialogue among the included articles. These readers are intended as a useful and substantial teaching resource for college professors, undergraduates, and high school teachers. They are available in an electronic format without charge at the Asia-Pacific Journal website.

Asia Society – Education – The Asia Society’s online clearinghouse for K-12 Asian and Asian American studies.

Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) – Offering a searchable database of audio-visual resources on China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, as well as a catalog of selected resources for K-12 education, reviews of new and significant resources, and links to related websites.

ASIANetwork – A consortium of more than 150 North American colleges working to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education.

Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP), University of Hawai’i – The ASDP is a joint program of the University of Hawai‘i and the East-West Center. It was initiated in 1991 to enhance teaching about Asia at American two-year and four-year colleges and universities at the undergraduate level. ASDP offers a variety of content-focused faculty and insitutional develoment programs and activities centered around summer residential institutes, field seminars in Asia, workshops on teh U.S. mainland, and an annual academic conference.

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) – The AAS is the largest society of its kind in the world — a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia. The AAS website offers information on the organization’s publications, conferences, and meetings, as well as listings of study programs, grants and fellowships, and other Asian studies links and resources.

Center for Global Partnership (CGP) – The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) was established within the Japan Foundation in April 1991 with offices in both Tokyo and New York. To carry out its mission, CGP operates grant programs in three areas — intellectual exchange, grassroots exchange, and education — as well as self-initiated projects and fellowships. CGP supports an array of institutions and individuals, including nonprofit organizations, universities, policymakers, scholars and educators, and believes in the power of broad-based, multi-channel approaches to effect positive change.

China Institute – A nonprofit, non-partisan educational and cultural institution that promotes the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of traditional and contemporary Chinese civilization, culture and heritage, and provides the cultural and historical context for understanding contemporary China. Click here for information on the China’s Institues’ K-12 professional development opportunities.

CIVNET: A Website of Civitas International – An online resource and service for civic education practitioners (teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum designers), as well as scholars, policymakers, civic-minded journalists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) promoting civic education all over the world.

The Digital Classroom at NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) – Featuring primary-sources documents, classroom activities, and information on professional development for educators. To encourage teachers of students at all levels to use archival documents in the classroom, the Digital Classroom provides materials from the National Archives and methods for teaching with primary sources.

East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University – The Publications web page and the K-12 Outreach web page have links to a variety of sources for teaching about China, Japan, Korea, and Asia in general.

The East-West Center: AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools – The East-West Center’s AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools supports teaching and learning about Asia and the Pacific region across curriculum areas in elementary and secondary schools. Specifically the program exposes educators to firsthand experience in Asia and the Pacific and to new scholarship on the region through its summer travel seminars; engages educators in an exploration of best practices in curriculum resources and hands-on opportunities that facilitate studies of Asia and the Pacific through its summer institutes and workshops; supports educators in creating teaching units, lessons, case studies, and resource collections that incorporate Asia Pacific material and are correlated to content and student performance standards; and prepares educators to work collaboratively with colleagues nationally and in the Asia Pacific region on exchange projects.

The Educator’s Reference Desk – A project of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Site features more than 2,000 unique lesson plans written and submitted by teachers from all over the U.S.; a collection of more than 200 responses to popular questions on the practice, theory, and research of education; and links to more than 3,000 resources on a variety of educational issues.

ERIC: Educational Resources Information Center – The U.S. Department of Education’s searchable database of journal and non-journal literature on education. See especially the document Social Studies for the 21st Century: Recommendations of the National Commission on Social Studies in the Schools.

EROD: Education Resource Organizations Directory – A U.S. Dept of Education directory designed to help people identify and contact organizations that provide information and assistance on a broad range of education-related topics. See especially the List of State Education Agencies.

ExEAS: Expanding East Asian Studies – Columbia University’s Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS) website features innovative and easy-to-use materials for teaching about East Asia at the undergraduate level. Visit the site to find teaching units, sample syllabi, links and other resources for incorporating East Asia into courses in all subjects in the humanities and social sciences, including world history, world literature, politics, contemporary society, and philosophy.

Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Smith College – The FCCEAS’s Resource Center Library offers items on loan to teachers and has an online catalogue. The Resources section of the website is also an excellent resource.

Heiji Monogatari Emaki (Tale of the Heiji Rebellion) – Heiji scroll. The Heiji scrolls date from the thirteenth century and represent a masterpiece of “Yamato” style painting. They can be documented as being treasured artifacts in the fifteenth century, when nobles mention viewing them, but they now only survive in fragmentary form. The scene appearing here, entitled “A Night Attack on the Sanjo Palace” is the property of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and provides a rare and valuable depiction of Japanese armor as it was worn during the early Kamakura era (1185-1333). By contrast, most surviving picture scrolls showing warriors date from the fourteenth century and show later styles of armor.

HistoryChannel.com – The cable network’s online presence. See the Classroom section for study guides, teaching ideas, and online exhibitions.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project – Collections of public-domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented without advertising for educational use. Featuring the Internet East Asian History Sourcebook.

JGuide: Stanford Guide to Japan Information Resources – This “WWW Virtual Library for Japan” features resource links organized into categories.

Komonjo – An Interactive Website allowing one to view photos, transcriptions and translations of a variety of medieval Japanese documents.

The Library of Congress – Featuring an Online Exhibitions section and a special Learning Page for K-12 educators.

National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA – Featuring complete lesson plans, unit objectives matched to the national history standards, and primary-source documents. Featuring links to the National Standards for World History (1996 Edition).

National Clearinghouse for US-Japan Studies at SPICE, Stanford University – Offering a variety of services and products to elementary and secondary educators interested in teaching and learning about Japanese culture as well as U.S.-Japan relations. Featuring a U.S.-Japan Database that includes information on print materials, videos, artifact kits, software, and teacher developed materials

National Committee on U.S-China Relations – The National Committee on United States-China Relations promotes understanding and cooperation between the United States and Greater China in the belief that sound and productive Sino-American relations serve vital American and world interests. The National Committee carries out its mission of creating opportunities for informed discussion and reasoned debate about issues of common interest and concern to the U.S., the P.R.C., Hong Kong S.A.R. and Taiwan via conferences and fora, professional exchanges and collaborative projects, public education programs, internships, and publications.

National Council for the Social Studies – Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education.

NationalGeographic.com – The National Geographic Society’s online “portal.” Featuring an Education section.

OneWorld Classrooms – OneWorld Classrooms is a nonprofit organization that builds bridges of learning between the classrooms of the world. It offers free online travel and a variety of opportunities for K-12 classrooms to interact with overseas partners.

The Onin War – This website offers a new perspective on the Ōnin War. This war, which nominally lasted from 1467 through 1477, led to the destruction of Kyoto, Japan’s capital, and according to standard narratives, ushered in a century of conflict, Japan’s Warring States (Sengoku) era.

 Postcards from Asia, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas – Sixty-second podcasts that will encourage students and teachers to learn more about the quirkier aspects of life in China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia.

Primary Source – Primary Source is a nonprofit professional development center that has educated thousands of K-12 teachers about world history and cultures over the past 21 years. One of its longest and most successful programs is its collection of China studies courses, resources and tours. Educators looking for free resources on teaching about Asia will find many items of interest on the site, including China Source, Primary Source World, teacher-created curriculum units, and resource guides. Primary Source also has online courses on ancient and modern China.

Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER), Yale University – Among the many offerings of PIER’s East Asian Studies division are an intensive summer institute, travel and field study opportunities in East Asia, professional development workshops, on-site training programs, curriculum development and evaluation, online lesson plans, resource services, consulting and clearinghouse services, and language enrichment opportunities for high school students.

Scrolls of the Mongol Invasion – This site allows you to view individual scenes depicting the Mongol Invasions of Japan. Takezaki Suenaga, a warrior who fought against the Mongols in both 1274 and 1281, commissioned scrolls recounting his actions. This unique record of the invasions, and important eyewitness acount, was heavily damaged in the ensuing centuries – according to lore they were even once dropped into the ocean! By the time of their rediscovery in the eighteenth century, the scenes and text of the scrolls were scattered into separate sheets.  Also see http://digital.princeton.edu/mongol-invasions/

Smithsonian Education – “Interprets the collective knowledge of the Smithsonian and serves as a gateway to its educational resources.” Featuring Lesson Plans, Field Trips, and Resource Library sections.

Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) – Based at the Freemand Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, SPICE has produced more than 100 supplementary curriculum units on Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the global environment, and international political economy. Featuring free lesson plans and a searchable online catalog.

United States-Japan Foundation – Since 1980, USJF has supported projects that have involved more than 5,000 pre-college teachers in the US and Japan in mutual study and learning on topics related to the US-Japan relationship, including in-depth study of the culture, society and history of both countries. Through these teachers, as well as through a variety of curriculum materials, web-based collaborative activities, and partnerships between US and Japanese schools, tens of thousands of young people in both countries have begun to study and understand their mutual connections and the importance of the friendship and partnership that binds their two nations so closely.

World History for US All – Features curriculum for teaching workd history in middle and high schools.