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Overview of Taiwan: History, Food, and Popular Culture | October 9, 8:45AM – 12:15PM, Virtual

Want to learn more about Taiwan? Join the North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN) and South Carolina Teaching About Asia (SCCTA) for a virtual, half-day overview of Taiwan from historical, culinary, and anthropological lenses with experts from the University of North Carolina and University of South Carolina. This event will be virtual, free and open to the K-12 and community college educators. For any questions regarding this event, please direct your questions to NCTAN Director Shuyi Lin at or to SCCTA Director Krista Van Fleit at

Participants will receive a certificate from North Carolina Teaching Asia Network confirming 3.5 hours of professional development.


Disaster in China and Japan; what can we can learn from them? | June 10-11, 2021, Virtual

The Thursday seminar starts with a lecture on the 1959-61 famine in China, followed by an introduction to resources on East Asia and viewing of a film, “Radiant.” Friday workshops include an award-winning book, Last Cherry Blossom, author’s reading & discussion. And then we will have discussion and Q&A sessions with Motoko on the film “Radian” and Fukushima updates . Friday afternoon , participants will learn how to make a story and create one with MOTOKO. A certificate of completion will be provided after the seminar for your professional development hours.

Participants will receive a certificate from North Carolina Teaching Asia Network confirming 6 hours of professional development.


Japan’s Floating World: Politics, Art, and Society During the Edo Period (1603-1868) Ι September 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., UNC-Chapel Hill

The Edo period (江戸時代, Edo jidai) or Tokugawa period (徳川時代) in Japan from 1603 to 1868 was a critical period in Japanese social, economic, political and cultural history. The Carolina Asia Center, Ackland Art Museum, and North Carolina Teaching Asia Network is excited to offer a free K-12 educator workshop dedicated to the Edo period on September 28, 2019 at UNC-Chapel Hill. “Japan’s Floating World: Politics, Art, and Society during the Edo Period (1603-1868)” will allow NC educators to learn about the history of the Edo period and will investigate questions such as: Who collected and owned art and what were these forms of art? What was the political structure of Japan? What did woodblock prints tell us about society and culture? Three lecturers, Dr. Morgan Pitelka, Dr. Yixin Chen, and Madison Folks, will introduce us to the intersections of art, culture, and politics during the Edo period during the first part of the workshop, and then we will visit the Ackland Museum to look at woodblock prints and other forms of art during the second part of the workshop. We will close the workshop with presentations from UNC staff on K-16 Asia- related resources. 

Participants will receive a certificate from North Carolina Teaching Asia Network confirming 6 hours of professional development.


How to prepare students for a study tour to Japan | November 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, UNC-Chapel Hill

Professor Aratake is a Teaching Professor of Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.   Since 2006, she has been the residential director of the Summer Tokyo Program. This is a summer program where students stay in Japan with Japanese host families during June-July and study Japanese and Japanese culture.

Professor Kano has taken more than 250 teachers and high school and college students to do study abroad in Japan.  She is now teaching all levels of Japanese languages and culture courses at UNC-Wilmington.

* Teachers who successfully complete the 30 hours by taking NCTA/NCTAN approved seminars and courses by Dec. 31st will be eligible to apply for an East Asia study tour 2018 offered by NCTA.

More details and eligibility at