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NCTAN seminars in 2017-18 in North Carolina (revised 02-07 2018):

April 18 (Wed.), 2018

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (EST)
On-line Book Group of
My Half of the Sky
The book will be distributed to teachers (up to 30 teachers) who would like to participate in the book group on April 18 at the March 21-22 conference (Refer below for more information).
Register here or copy and paste

Author Jana McBurney-Lin was born in Illinois, received a degree in Communications/Japanese from Bates College in Maine, and spent fifteen years living in Asia—specifically Japan and Singapore. There she served as an editor for ALC Press, while at the same time freelancing for media sources around the world, including National Public Radio, Hemispheres magazine, Japan Times, and dozens of others. There she also met her husband who is from southern China. Her first novel My Half of the Sky, inspired by a trip to his village, is the story of a contemporary young Chinese woman who is trying to be modern but the traditions of her village keep pulling her back. The story received numerous awards, including Forbes Book Club Pick, Booksense Pick of the Month, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. 

March 21 (Wed.) , 2018

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (EST)
"Okujirasama" Film Viewing at FedEx Golbal Educatin Center.  Free and open to public.  If you need an attendance certificate, please contact Yoko Kano at 

March 21-22, 2018

East Asia: Traditions, Trends and Transformations
The Friday Conference Center at Chapel Hill, NC

NCTAN is working with the World View at UNC Chapel Hill to offer a conference on East Asia.
Please go to their site and register at  
Scroll down to Spring Conference and find the conference.

Jan. 30, 2018, 7-8pm EST
Mapping our Connections:  Ties That Bind the US and Asia

Ties that Bind: US and Asia is an innovative collaborative digital mapping project that provides opportunities for users to learn about historical and contemporary people, places, and events which connect the US and China, Japan and Korea. Join us to learn not only how to use this project in your classroom and but also how to contribute to it.
Reserve your webinar seat, copy and paste the following URL:

The webinar, run by Anne Prescott in Massachusetts and the teachers who initiated the project, demonstrates how classrooms in your state can create a digital map of your state's ties with East Asia -- past and present. It is a wonderful, interesting project and one that makes "Asia" more real and present to students in local communities.

Sept. 30, 2017
If you are participating on-line, here is the information.  
Application at

Eligibility: Seminar is free (funded) for In-service K-12 teachers who teach about East Asia as a part of their curriculum.

Please contact Yoko Kano (Director, NCTAN) at for questions.

After completion of all the above seminars in North Carolina and on-line assignments (total 30 hours), you will be eligible to apply for the summer study trip to East Asia.  Scroll down to the bottom for more information.  



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Resource on East Asia:

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Summer filed study trip to East Asia

All the requirements have to be completed by Dec. 31 to apply for the following summer field trip in case of teachers in North Carolina. 

Go to the following site for Application: TBA

The past NCTAN attendees:

Past seminar attendants:  Please keep the attendance certificate.  If the total hours exceeds 30 hours, you are eleible for the study trip to East Asia.  You can also combine the hours of seminar you participated in the NCTA organized seminar at


Those who participated in the seminar at NCCAT in March, 2013:Please  watch additional three 2-hour (total 6 hours) on-line archived simulcast or NCTA organized seminar at


Those who participated in the seminar at NCCAT in March, 2012: please watch additional two 2-hour (total 4 hours) on-line achieved simulcast or NCTA organized seminar at


To view achieved simulcast, go to the "nationally offered seminars" at (Asia For Educator (AFE) and look through the list of the/span>Archived Simulcast Presentations and Study Modules.”   You need to register at the AFE site to view the simulcast.  Choose any of the simulcast of your interest from the list. 

Summer 2015 sturdy tour:  Those who are eligible for the NCTA study tour to Asia, application is at 



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