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Free K-16 Professional Development for Educators NCTAn and SCCTA


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


Saturday, October 9
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Introductions
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Michael Tsin, Taiwan: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth 
9:50 AM – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Michelle King, Taiwan at the Table: A Modern Culinary History
10:50 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Marc Moskowitz, Gender and Popular Culture in Taiwan
11:50 AM – 12:15 PM Resources for Educators



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Participants will receive a certificate from North Carolina Teaching Asia Network & South Carolina Teaching Asia Network confirming 3.5 hours of professional development. Educators interested in designing lesson plans for NCTAN & SCCTA from this workshop may be further eligible for a $100 stipend.



Michael Tsin, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Michael Tsin’s current research focuses on exploring the social processes of identity formation through the prism of late nineteenth and twentieth century China. The project is part of his ongoing interest in the historical processes through which ideas and practices were translated into established norms and values, disseminated through the social body, transplanted across different times and places, and contested and challenged by the populace. At a broader level, he is curious to learn more about how the forces of global capitalism, whether through the instrument of formal colonial possessions in the last century or through the mechanisms of transnational institutions in the twenty-first century, manage to continually make and unmake the world in its different forms.

Michelle King, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Michelle T. King specializes in modern Chinese gender history and food history. She was recently awarded a 2020-21 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars grant for her book project on Taiwan’s beloved postwar television cooking celebrity, Fu Pei-mei (1931-2004). She has also received major fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Historical Studies. Her article on Margaret Sanger’s 1922 lecture trip to China won the Journal of Women’s History Biennial Best Article Prize for 2017-18.

Marc Moskowitz, Professor, University of South Carolina
Marc L. Moskowitz is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. Focusing on the intersection between gender and popular culture in Chinese-speaking Asia, he is a recipient of the ACLS-NEH, Chiang Ching-Kuo, Fulbright, and Fulbright-Hays Awards. He has published three books and edited two volumes. He has also published in a range of journals, including the China Quarterly, Popular Music, Sexualities, and Visual Anthropology. Since his first trip to the PRC in the late 1980s, Moskowitz lived in Chinese-speaking Asia for a total of over eleven years.