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Our K-12 and Community College Partners

UNC-Chapel Hill believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to gain global knowledge and participate in our globally interconnected world. To that end, the University has several established programs for K-12 and community colleges. These initiatives include World View, which specializes in professional development for educators; the Ackland Art Museum, which holds the largest Asian art collection in the Southeast U.S. and hosts Asia-related workshops and events; Carolina Performing Arts, UNC’s official performing arts center bringing the world’s best artists to North Carolina; and Carolina Navigators, which loans culture kits to K-14 teachers free of charge.

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North Carolina Teaching Asia Network

North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN) opens up the door to East Asia by providing free seminars for K-12 teacher in North Carolina. The varieties of methods such as on-site face-to-face, on-line simulcast, or on-line courses are provided for the teachers who are looking for a way to improve curriculum on China, Hong Kong, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. NCTAN is under the initiative of Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asia Center.

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Asia-Themed Lesson Plans

The classroom is a crucial place for students to develop global awareness and become more culturally competent. The Carolina Asia Center supports educators by providing lesson plans that infuse Asia content into everyday topics. We aim to help teachers adapt their lesson plans and pedagogy to foster acceptance and promote success in an increasingly diverse classroom environment.

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Asia-Themed Books

Come browse our online database of books. You can search by region and topic or browse titles.

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Teacher Library

We provide a library of Asian-infused book sets and video sets for free. Book Sets include Asian Historical Fiction, Children’s Literature from Asia, Asian Folktales 1 and 2 and Bilingual Asian Book Set.

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Asia-Focused Organizations in North Carolina

Explore community, business and educational organizations that focus on Asian languages and cultures.

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