College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Lecture Series for Educators

The following videos were developed by Nancy Hope, Kansas Consortium for Teaching About Asia Coordinator, to give background on East Asia educators who want to learn more about East Asia for use in their own classrooms. The full series of videos is posted below.


Geography of China examines this large country with nearly the same landmass as the United States in terms of its provinces, language and cultural divisions, rivers, engineering projects, agricultural zones, and the meta-themes which underlie it.​



Early China discusses several key aspects underlying traditional Chinese culture including rice, silk, and the Four Treasures of the Chinese Scholar that developed centuries ago and continue even today. 


Major Religions Traditions of China surveys Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism as well as folk beliefs and determines important commonalities among them. 




Early Empires of China: Qin and Han (221 BCE - 220 CE) highlights accomplishments of these dynasties including the Terracotta Army, Great Wall, Silk Road and Examination System.




A Brief Look at the Sui and Tang Dynasties (581--906 CE) considers water control measures such as the Grand Canal, the cosmopolitan nature of the Tang capital at Chang’an, the importance of poetry, and the influence of Yang Guifei.    



The Song Dynasty (960-1279) investigates the impressive economic growth in China at this time through its inventions, trade and commercialism, and the arts.

Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties discusses the key points of Mongol, Chinese and Manchu rule in China between 1279 and 1911 including global trade networks, porcelain, travelers Marco Polo and Zheng He, and the Opium Wars.

How China Got So Rich focuses on the government policies that facilitated China’s amazing economic growth and the social and political challenges these have created.





Early Japan: Jomon thru Kofun periods (10,000 BCE - 710 CE) analyzes why Americans need to know about Japan, its geographic features, political and ethnic divisions, language, cultural borrowing, and the meta-themes which underlie it



Classical Japan: Nara & Heian periods (710 to 1185 CE) highlights Chinese and Korean customs practiced in Japan at this time, the subsequent flowering of indigenous culture especially in literature and art, and the rise of the samurai.
Samurai: Men of War and Men of Peace (Parts 1&2) looks at samurai history, their weaponry, their beliefs including Zen Buddhism, their aesthetics as in the tea ceremony, their depiction in literature, drama, and art, and their enduring influence.





Japan from Meiji to Heisei (1868 onward) examines how the Japanese nation-state successfully modernized, colonized Korea, and recovered from WWII, but is still affected by the collapse of its “bubble economy.” 


Japan at the Crossroads in the 21st Century explores Japan as a case study for problems of population, ethnicity, environment, economy, militarization, and popular culture.



Korea at a Glance addresses both North and South Korea from ancient origins through contemporary times, with attention to its colonization, the Korean War, and North Korea’s nuclear program.​


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