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K-12 East Asian Connection

Volume XVIII, Number 2

Spring/Summer 2016

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Theresa Kang
Director, NCTA

Anthony Ross

Outreach Coordinator

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Upcoming Events

2016 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

From July 10-15, 2016, EASC will hold its 18th annual NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop at IU Bloomington. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, the workshop immerses teachers in East Asian literature and history, providing them with the background and materials necessary to introduce an East Asian component into their curriculum. Participants will develop classroom-ready lesson plans as the culmination of an intensive week of lectures, discussions, teaching strategy sessions, and cultural activities. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants’ schools will receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian resources for the classroom.

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2016 NCTA Rashomon and OTher Stories Online Book Workshop

This summer, starting on June 13, teachers and other interested educators will be able to take part in a new, free, online learning opportunity offered by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA). Educators will spend nine weeks in a virtual course that revolves around Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s classic short story Rashomon. The story, which is about death, is told from multiple points of view. The course will help teachers connect themes in the texts to Japanese culture more broadly and introduce teaching strategies.


For more information on upcoming NCTA book workshops, please visit


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Non-affiliated K12 Programs and Events


Chinese Bronzes from the Collections of David and Inge Duberman

Date: February 12- June 19, 2016

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

Cost: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 students, and Free for Children under 6




2016 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

Date: June 25, 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Ping Tome Memorial Park


Ginza Holiday Midwest Buddhist Temple Japanese Cultural Festival

Date: August 12-14, 2016


Location: 435 W. Menomonee St.Chicago, Illinois 60614

Cost: $7 Adults & $6 Seniors/Students, Children get free admission




Tradition Reborn - Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Date: May 4- July 17, 2016


Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Cost: Free for IMA Members and ages 5 & under, otherwise, $18 Adults, $10 Youth ages 6-17


Asian American Alliance, Inc. Asian Fest 2016

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

Cost: Free




Road To Tokyo: Follow in Their Footsteps

Permanent Exhibit (opened 12/2015)

Location: The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cost: Prices vary; see website



Date: July 29-July 31 2016

Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Two Poydras St., New Orleans LA 70130

Cost: Prices vary; see website



Sugar House Drinking Team: Suntory Japanese Whiskey

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT) 

Location: The Sugar House - 2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Cost: $98.37


Traditional Tea Ceremony

Date: June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House, Saginaw, MI

Cost: $10 p/p. Reservations suggested.


Family Art Studio: Japanese Design

Date: June 23, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location: University of Michigan- Museum of Art

Cost: Free. Registration required


Michigan World Organization of China Painters: Annual Show and Sale

Date: June 28-29, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Location: Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

Cost: Admission is free. There is a minimum charge to attend a demonstration.


Tanabata or Star Festival – Calligraphy

Date: July 7, 2016

Time:1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House, Saginaw, MI

Cost: $5.00 per person.


Fan Fair - Japanese Fan Display and Lecture

Date: August 20, 2016

Time:1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House, Saginaw, MI

Cost: $5.00 per person.




Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Date: August 21, 2016

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Cost: $5 General, $3 Children ages 3-12 and Seniors 65 is $3, Free for Children 2 and under




Origami in the Garden

Date: Sat, May 21-Sun Nov 13, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Cost: $13.00


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