The growing recognition of Asia’s rich and dynamic history, its importance in global affairs, and the significance of the Asian American population have prompted many educators to strive to improve the study of Asia in the K- 12 curriculum. But, with thirty-three countries— including the central Asian republics, Australia, and New Zealand—accounting for over 3.3 billion people, this is not an easy task. At the very least, teachers and schools need up-to-date curricular resources, specialized training, accurate information, and materials. This is particularly true at the elementary and secondary levels, where teachers lack time or training in Asian studies and have little or no access to quality Asia-related programs and materials.
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