The Journey of East Asia: Adventures Through Stories, Games, and Maps – an introduction to East Asia for K-12 educators

This seminar will examine the major trends, global issues, and historic foundations that shape East Asian society. Focusing on the regions that comprise present day China, Japan, and Korea, participants will not only learn about how to incorporate East Asian content in the classroom in a fun, engaging way, they will also learn how to modify templates and create their own materials to explore other countries or subjects. The course begins in the eighth century with the rise of Buddhism, which promoted printed materials across borders and cultures, and it ends in the contemporary era, with a consideration of the role of new digital technologies and media in East Asia. Drawing on the expertise of scholars and diverse materials (readings, films, games, stories, maps, and other primary source materials), our course sessions will emphasize collaborative, hands‐on learning experiences, and the development of K‐12 curricular tools.