The Carolina Asia Center is committed to supporting the teaching of Asia to all students across North Carolina, including at minority-serving institutions that do not have available resources to develop Asian studies teaching and/or research. As a concrete way to strengthen Asian studies and generate debate about Asia in diverse university classrooms across the state, the CAC is making available course development grants of up to $1000 to faculty at minority-serving institutions to add new courses on Asia, to add Asia content to existing courses, or to further develop Asia-related programs for their campuses.
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.
North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN) opens up the door to East Asia by providing free professional development seminars for K-12 teacher in North Carolina. These seminars are provided for teachers who are looking for a way to improve their 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.
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. *UNDER CONSTRUCTION*
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. *UNDER CONSTRUCTION*
Explore community, business and educational organizations that focus on Asian languages and cultures.