Links and Resources

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Association for Asian Studies (AAS): Publisher of Education About Asia and the Key Issues In Asian Studies book series, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS)—the largest society of its kind, with approximately 6,500 members worldwide—is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia.

About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource: The Japan Society’s “About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource” is an interactive web site devoted to discussion and the creation and dissemination of practical, sophisticated resources for the K–12 classroom. Materials are created in a collaborative process between K–12 teachers and Japan Studies specialists, and incorporate feedback from members of the About Japan community. The site features lesson plans, essays, visual resources, and numerous opportunities for discussion and participation.

#AsiaNow: The blog of the Association for Asian Studies, featuring analysis of events and trends in Asia; association, conference, and member news; and professional development information.

Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS): Offers access to the searchable database of audio-visual resources on China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. as well as an interactive information request form, newsletter, a catalogue of selected resources for K–12 education, reviews of new and significant resources, and links to related websites.

Asia for Educators: Features a wide range of classroom materials and faculty guides for teaching about East Asia at the K-12 and undergraduate levels. Includes multimedia teaching units, primary sources, timelines, and more.

Asia Matters for America: An interactive resource for credible and nonpartisan information, graphics, analysis, and news on US-Asia Pacific relations at the national, state, and local levels, Asia Matters for America is a project of The East-West Center, which promotes better relations and understanding among the people, and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue.

The Asia Society: Founded in 1956, the Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Korea, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, DC. The Asia Society works to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. We seek to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture.

The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco: The Asian Art Museum offers a variety of resources for educators to use in their classrooms. The museum’s resource collection includes resource packets, curriculum books, children’s literature, Asian art history books and educational videos, which can all be found on the site (for free).

ASIANetwork: A consortium of over one hundred North American colleges, ASIANetwork strives to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education to help prepare a new generation of undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies will play more and more prominent roles.

Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP): The Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) is a joint program of the University of Hawai‘i and the East-West Center. It was initiated in 1990 to increase American understanding of the Asia-Pacific region through college and university faculty development. The ASDP mission is to infuse Asian content and perspectives into the core curriculum at American two-year and four-year colleges and universities through programs that help faculty expand and refine their knowledge and teaching of Asia.

The East-West Center: The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. With a campus in Honolulu and a Washington, D.C., office focused on preparing the U.S. for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence, the Center is helping to develop global leadership through programs that help current and future leaders understand the issues and people in this dynamic region.

EngageAsia: EngageAsia is a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization with a mission of engaging teachers in innovative programs that build cross-cultural understanding and foster community throughout the Asia-Pacific. As an educational incubator, we seek to spark new ways to teach and learn, and also engage in activities designed to promote dialogue on these topics. EngageAsia’s programs transform teachers in order to ultimately impact students, schools, and communities.

Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS) Program (Columbia University): The ExEAS program is intended to create innovative courses and teaching materials that incorporate the study of East Asia in broad thematic, transnational, and interdisciplinary contexts. The program is carried out by a teaching collaborative composed of postdoctoral fellows, members of the Barnard College and Columbia University faculty, and faculty participants from two- and four-year undergraduate institutions in the Northeastern United States. Syllabi, teaching units, and other materials developed by the ExEAS Teaching Collaborative are available for free to the public.

Five College Center for East Asian Studies: The Five College Center for East Asian Studies is one of many programs administered by Five Colleges, Incorporated. The member institutions of the consortium are Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to the Center’s concern with undergraduate East Asian studies at the five institutions, we aim to support, encourage, and improve the teaching of East Asian cultures in elementary, middle, and secondary schools and two-year colleges in New England.

Foreign Policy Research Institute: The Foreign Policy Research Institute is dedicated to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. It seeks to educate the public, teach teachers, train students, and offer ideas to advance U.S. national interests based on a nonpartisan, geopolitical perspective that illuminates contemporary international affairs through the lens of history, geography, and culture.

The Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Asia Curriculum Materials: Established in 1995 by the AAS Committee on Educational Issues and Policy and the Committee on Teaching about Asia, the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding pedagogical or curriculum publication on Asia designed for any educational level, elementary through university. Any format is acceptable, including print, CD, video, and online formats. Submissions that address underrepresented regions of Asia, as defined by the Association for Asian Studies, are encouraged. The winning submission will reflect current scholarship, present innovative teaching strategies, and demonstrate potential to make a significant impact on the intended audience. The prize includes a $1,000 monetary award and a one-year membership to AAS

Freeman Foundation Book Awards: The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University sponsor the annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature. The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia. Awards are given in two categories: Children’s and Young Adult on the several countries of East and Southeast Asia.

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution: The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery—together, the Freer|Sackler, are the Smithsonian Institution’s museums of Asian art. Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the museums hold and care for world-class collections of Asian and American art in order to enhance understanding and appreciation across cultures. The Freer|Sackler website contains resources for teachers including classroom activities and professional development opportunities.

In Asia: Weekly Insight and Features from Asia: “In Asia: Weekly Insight and Features from Asia” is an informative weekly blog of the Asia Foundation, a 50-year-old organization that aspires to create a just, prosperous, and peaceful Asia. The blog covers news on over 20 Asian countries, from Afghanistan to Vietnam with insights from over 50 experts.

International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC): ISC promotes peace by furthering mutual understanding, friendship and trust through international student interchange. Since 1934 the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) has brought together American and Japanese university students, who jointly plan a bi-national cultural and academic peer exchange program. The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) was founded for American and Korean university students in 2008. These fully immersive programs provide the unique opportunity for student leaders to introduce their academic interests and cultures to one another while networking with faculty, government officials, alumni and business leaders all over the world.

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership: The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) was established within the Japan Foundation in 1991 with offices in both Tokyo and New York. To carry out its mission, CGP operates grant programs in three areas – intellectual exchange, grassroots exchange, and education – as well as self-initiated projects and fellowships. The Center supports an array of institutions and individuals, including nonprofit organizations, universities, policymakers, scholars and educators, and believes in the power of broad-based, multi-channel approaches to effect positive change.

The Korea Foundation: The Korea Foundation was established in 1991 with the aim of enhancing Korea’s image and reputation in the world through the promotion of various academic and cultural exchange programs.

The Korea Society: The Korea Society is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with individual and corporate members that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea. In pursuit of its mission, the Society arranges programs that facilitate discussion, exchanges and research on topics of vital interest to both countries in the areas of public policy, business, education, intercultural relations and the arts.

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA): Funded by the Freeman Foundation, the NCTA is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about Asia in world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses.

The University of Texas at Austin South Asia Institute: With over 60 core and affiliated faculty members in more than 15 departments, UT Austin hosts the largest, longest standing South Asia program in the southwestern United States. As a National Resource Center for South Asia funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, SAI sponsors major conferences, scholarly symposia, and a bi-weekly South Asia Seminar.

Primary Source: Primary Source is an educational nonprofit organization that works to advance global learning in schools. For a quarter century it has provided professional development courses and curriculum about Asia for K-12 teachers and classrooms.

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE): The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K–12 schools and community colleges by developing multidisciplinary curricular materials on international topics, conducting teacher professional development seminars, and teaching distance-learning courses.

Teaching East Asia (TEA), University of Colorado, Boulder: The Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at the Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, conducts national, regional, and state projects designed to enhance and expand teaching and learning about East Asia at the elementary and secondary school levels. Specific projects focus on curriculum development, professional development for teachers, and curriculum consultation and reform related to Asia in K-12 education.

The USC U.S.-China Institute: The USC U.S.-China Institute informs public discussion of the evolving and multidimensional U.S.-China relationship through policy-relevant research, graduate and undergraduate training, and professional development programs for teachers, journalists, and officials. It produces compelling public events, widely-viewed documentary films, and the popular magazines US-China Today and Asia Pacific Arts. Anyone interested in China who spends a couple of hours browsing their multimedia page ( is virtually guaranteed to return often to this superb resource.

United States-Japan Foundation (USJF): Since 1980, USJF has supported projects that have involved more than 5,000 pre-college teachers in the US and Japan in mutual study and learning on topics related to the US-Japan relationship, including in-depth study of the culture, society and history of both countries. Through these teachers, as well as through a variety of curriculum materials, web-based collaborative activities, and partnerships between US and Japanese schools, tens of thousands of young people in both countries have begun to study and understand their mutual connections and the importance of the friendship and partnership that binds their two nations so closely.

Youth for Understanding (YFU): Youth For Understanding USA is a non-profit high school student exchange organization with many program offerings throughout the world. We offer summer, semester and year programs in several Asian countries, including China, India, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. The Japan program is perhaps one of our most popular programs due to the 150+ scholarships that are offered each year.

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