Recommended Websites for K-12 Educators
There are many websites that provide tips and content for bringing East Asia, China, Korea, and Japan into the classroom. Below are a few that we recommend for East Asia (general), China, Japan, and Korea:
Asia for Educators
This site from Columbia University offers an on-line curriculum about East Asia including lectures, discussion questions, handouts and supplementary materials.
Asia Society: Education & Learning
An online clearinghouse for materials pertaining to Asian Studies. Follow the "Resources for Schools" link for lesson plans and professional development opportunities.
East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University
Interesting lesson plans, curriculum guides, and tools such as "Monsters and the Monstrous in Japanese History & Culture" and "Tibet & China," and instructions for using Photovoice, a teaching method based on photosharing to connect students across cultures.
Curriculum Units from Yale–New Haven Teachers' Institute
Hundreds of teaching units on many themes, including education in China, Migration, Japanese film, and Korean food (under the "Social Studies" header). Organized alphabetically.
Fordham University Internet East Asian History Sourcebook
Images, texts, and other information about China, Korea, and Japan, which can be used for educational purposes.
Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)
SPICE offers exciting lesson plans for sale such as one on the Silk Road. Check out their free samples on Japanese castle towns and Chinese picture brides to preview the quality.
Maps of Asia
Maps developed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, made available through the University of Texas at Austin.
Social Studies Resources for Students and Teachers
This site has a list of very useful links for both students and teachers that deal with various topics in the area of Social Studies
Asian Educational Media Service
Helps educators find multimedia resources for teaching about Asia in order to promote understanding of Asian cultures and peoples. Developed by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.
Internet Guide to Chinese Studies
An annotated list of websites, maintained by the Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University. Covers all aspects of Chinese culture from economics to art.
CIA Factbook: China
This site from the Central Intelligence Agency offers a good overview of China.
History of China
This site from the University of Maryland offers a succinct overview of this complex topic, including a timeline.
Teachers Guide to Chinese Geography
Links on various East Asia topics such as bamboo, calligraphy, expatriates in China, and much, much more.
China the Beautiful
Links to information on classical Chinese art, calligraphy, poetry, history, literature, painting and philosophy are found here. Be sure to see their pages on the Chinese New Years.
The Silk Road Foundation
This site offers many fine resources including maps, pictures, and biographies associated with trade between China and the west over the centuries.
Includes a helpful Teachers' Guide.
Japan Information Network
Official site sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers a wealth of data including the latest statistics, maps, addresses, a virtual museum, synopsis of trends, and more. It also provides links to the best sites for finding factual information about Japan.
The Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation is the first organization that specializes in international cultural exchange in Japan. Online information, publications, and a source for items helpful in teaching Japanese culture.
The Japanese Garden
This site from Bowdoin College offers a comprehensive guide to the materials, history, and meaning of gardening in Japan. The extensive links provide further information.
Kids Web Japan
Fun website for kids (in English) with sections titled "What's Cool," "Hi-Tech," and "Virtual Culture." Kids can explore topics such as what kids their age wear to school in Japan, bento box lunches, manga, games, travel, and more.
CIA Factbook: Japan
Facts, data, and statistics about Japan, compiled by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
U.S.-Japan Education Links
This site from the National Association of Japan-America Societies offers a wealth of links for educators and students.
Joseph Wu's Origami Page
Excellent starting point for web resources on origami as an art and science.
The Korea Society
Hundreds of lesson plans and podcasts about Korea, available for free download.
Life in Korea
Life in Korea takes an in-depth look at different aspects of Korean culture, society, and customs for a better understanding of the Korean people and their language.
CIA Factbook: South Korea
This site from the Central Intelligence Agency offers an overview of South Korea.
CIA Factbook: North Korea
This site from the Central Intelligence Agency offers an overview of North Korea.
The official site of the Republic of Korea offers stories, recipes, statistics, and even links to learning Korean online.
Exploring the Environment: The Korean Enigma
NASA's Classroom of the Future (COTF) module about Korean history offers summaries and maps.