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2018 Seminar

March 21-22, 2018

The Friday Conference Center

1.5 CEU / 15 PDCH offered

East Asia is extraordinarily diverse and complex: culturally, ethnically, geographically, economically. In spite of rapid transitions due to globalization and geopolitical forces, East Asia maintains some of the world’s oldest cultural traditions. East Asia’s complexity, diversity and shifting role in global affairs present numerous opportunities for learning. Through plenary talks and small group sessions, K-12 and community college educators will explore East Asia’s history, culture, diversity, contemporary affairs and changing role in the world. Participants will discover and experience strategies and resources for integrating these issues and topics into the classroom or learning environment.

World View is committed to ensuring accessibility to our programs. We are pleased to provide annual scholarships to attend a March seminar. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018. Learn more here.

Schedule  |  Speakers | Concurrent SessionsExhibitors |  Program Material

View a PDF of the program here. Participants will receive a printed copy at the symposium.


1:00 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. Welcome
Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
Emil Kang, Executive and Artistic Director of Carolina Performing Arts
1:45 p.m. Plenary Talk 1
Friendship Across Cultures
Abigail Washburn, Musician and Performer
Wu Fei, Musician and Performer
2:45 p.m. Break and Exhibits
3:00 p.m. Plenary Talk 2
Media, Communication and Censorship in Contemporary China: A Panel Discussion

Joseph Cabosky, Assistant Professor, School of Media and Journalism, UNC-Chapel Hill
Yang Cheng, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, North Carolina State University
Kaiser Kuo, Host, the Sinica Podcast
Christian Lundberg (moderator), Associate Professor, Department of Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill
3:50 p.m. Plenary Talk 3
Key Trends in US-East Asian Relations: Teaching Our Students About Current International Affairs
Sara Bush Castro, Assistant Professor in the Curriculum on Peace, War and Defense, UNC-Chapel Hill
4:40 p.m. Closing and Dai Umbrella Dance
Ruby Slippers Dance Club
5:00 p.m. Reception
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Optional Skype Session with Educators in Japan
8:30 a.m. Welcome
Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
8:50 a.m. Plenary Talk 4
Religion in Everyday Life: A Look at Contemporary Japan

Levi McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University
9:40 a.m. Break and Exhibits
9:55 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I
10:55 a.m. Move to Next Session
11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions II
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III
2:00 p.m. Reflection and Action Planning
2:30 p.m. Break and Exhibits
2:45 p.m. Plenary Talk 5
China in the 21st Century
Michael Tsin, Associate Professor, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
3:30 p.m. Taiko Drumming Performance
Fahad Al Suwaidi, Maki Nishimura, Christina Trexler, Wen-Yih Bantukul, Shelley St. Aubin, Jeri Brown, Yoko Iwashima, Rocky Iwashima
4:00 p.m. Closing and Adjourn


Joseph Cabosky is an assistant professor at the School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a creative/professional–track faculty member, his work focuses on better understanding micro and niche populations, and how those understandings should disrupt and innovate the fields of PR and advertising. He has a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.
Sara Bush Castro is a teaching assistant professor in the curriculum on peace, war and defense at UNC-Chapel Hill specializing in global security and intelligence history, U.S.-China relations and Chinese foreign policy. She also serves as assistant director of the TISS Community Center of Academic Excellence. She holds a doctorate in history from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she specialized in security studies and Asia. Before coming to North Carolina, she served as an analyst for the US government in Washington DC and as a program assistant at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a non-governmental organization in New York City.
Yang Cheng received her Ph.D. from the Missouri School of Journalism, which is one of the oldest formal journalism schools in the world. She also graduated with the outstanding academic award from the national recognized Crosby M.B.A. program. Yang teaches research methods, the introduction of public relation, crisis communication and global communication in the U.S. and Hong Kong. She has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. She has also received many awards and honors from global institutions and international conferences and her research has been funded by many prestigious global institutions.

Wu Fei is a native of Beijing and a current Nashville resident. She is a classically trained composer, master of the guzheng – the 21-string Chinese zither – and a vocalist. She plays in the guzheng’s vernacular, a musical language which is at least 2,000 years old, and mixes Western classical and Chinese traditions with a contemporary, idiosyncratic sound. Her early music education was at the China Conservatory of Music, but she did her Master’s at Mills College and later immersed herself in the New York downtown improvisation scene. Wu Fei composes for choir, string quartet, chamber ensemble, Balinese gamelan and orchestra; her commissions range from a composition for Percussions Claviers de Lyon that premiered in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing to live performances in Paris and Tokyo for luxury brand Hermès. Fei has also collaborated with many artists of different disciplines and genres and has taken her guzheng and music around the world.Together as an entirely unique banjo-guzheng duo and bonded by their bi-cultural sisterhood, Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei sing and perform original compositions inspired by weaving together Appalachian and Chinese folk songs. To support the mission behind their music, they created an educational initiative called The Ripple Effect, 连心乐, which aims to bridge hearts and minds through cross-cultural collaboration, starting with the US and China, and the universal language of music.

Kaiser Kuo is host of the Sinica Podcast, the leading English-language podcast on current affairs in China, and editor-at-large of He repatriated to the U.S. in 2016 after living in China for over 20 years. He served as director of International Communications for Baidu, China’s leading search engine, from 2010 to 2016. Prior to that he was a reporter focusing on technology and media in China, and is perhaps best known as one of the founders of China’s first and most successful heavy metal band, Tang Dynasty. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two children.
Levi McLaughlin is assistant professor at the department of philosophy and religious studies at North Carolina State University. His work deals primarily with religion and politics in contemporary Japan. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University after previous study at the University of Tokyo, and he holds a B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto. He is co-author and co-editor of Kōmeitō: Politics and Religion in Japan and co-editor of the special issue “Salvage and Salvation: Religion and Disaster Relief in Asia.” His book Soka Gakkai’s Human Revolution: The Rise of a Mimetic Nation is forthcoming in late 2018.
Ruby Slippers Dance Club is a Chinese cultural dance group that practices and performs both classical and modern Chinese dances. They are comprised of dancers ages 8 through 18 who practice new dances every year with a mission to promote the understanding and appreciation of Chinese cultures in the Triangle area of North Carolina. The Rain Maidens dance is a traditional dance from the Dai ethnic group. It tells the story of young girls dancing with umbrellas as they celebrate the rainy season.
Michael Tsin received his M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and his Ph.D. from Princeton University, and teaches history and global studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of Nation, Governance, and Modernity in China, and co-author of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World from 1000 CE to the Present. His current research focuses on the question of “Chineseness” in the twentieth century and beyond..
Triangle Taiko, formed in 2002, is part of the Nippon Club of the Triangle. Taiko is a form of Japanese percussion music. There are nearly 200 taiko ensembles in North America, and Triangle Taiko is one of only a handful of taiko groups in the Southeastern United States. Triangle Taiko is an all-volunteer group dedicated to the exploration and performance of Taiko. Their motto is “sharing the spirit of Taiko with the world.”

Abigail Washburn is a Grammy award–winning vocalist, songwriter and clawhammer banjo player based in Nashville. A Mandarin Chinese speaker, Abigail regularly toured China for 20 years, including a month¬-long tour of China’s Silk Road supported by grants from the US Embassy, Beijing. Abigail’s musical projects range from her string band, Uncle Earl, to her bilingual releases Song of the Traveling Daughter and City of Refuge, to the mind-bending “chamber roots” sound of the Sparrow Quartet, to Afterquake, her fundraiser CD for Sichuan earthquake victims. Her most recent record with her husband, Béla Fleck, won a 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. Abigail is a TED Fellow and gave a TED talk titled “Building US-China Relations . . . by Banjo” where she spoke about shifting from a future in law to a pursuit of musical bridging. In March of 2013, she was commissioned by New York Voices and the NY Public Theater to write and debut a theatrical work, Post-American Girl, which drew from her then 17-year relationship with China and addressed themes of expanding identity, cultural relativism, pilgrimage and the universal appeal of music. Abigail is also the first US-China Fellow at Vanderbilt University.Together as an entirely unique banjo-guzheng duo and bonded by their bi-cultural sisterhood, Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei sing and perform original compositions inspired by weaving together Appalachian and Chinese folk songs. To support the mission behind their music, they created an educational initiative called The Ripple Effect, 连心乐, which aims to bridge hearts and minds through cross-cultural collaboration, starting with the US and China, and the universal language of music.

Concurrent Sessions

Kamishibai and Japanese Folktales
Cynthia Simpson, AIG Reading Teacher, Antioch Elementary School, Union County Public Schools
This session will introduce characteristics of folktales and traditional literature and explore how these stories have connections across cultures. The presenter will demonstrate strategies and provide lesson examples for bringing East Asian literature into the K-5 classroom, with a particular focus on Japanese kamishibai.
Bringing WWII Hiroshima and Historical Fiction to the Modern Classroom
Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author
Kathleen Burkinshaw will discuss how historical fiction can be used to enhance curriculum as well as how classes have used her book, The Last Cherry Blossom, which was inspired by events in her mother’s life in Hiroshima during WWII and surviving the atomic bombing.
Injustice: Japanese Internment and Citizens’ Rights
Christa Rawald, Ranson IB Middle School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
This session explores a curriculum unit that utilizes fiction and nonfiction to teach participants about the injustice of Japanese internment in the United States during WWII. Created during a fellowship at Davidson, the unit focuses on democracy and how Japanese internment led to the rights of citizens being taken away due to war hysteria. Attendees will walk away with strategies to teach this unit to their scholars as well as the entire curriculum unit.
Beyond Jackie Chan: Using Film to Teach about Modern East Asia
Eileen Mattingly, Director of Education, Journeys in Film
This workshop will showcase films suitable for classroom use, such as Please Vote for Me, a fascinating documentary about an experiment in democracy in a Chinese third-grade classroom, and the South Korean film The Way Home, which vividly portrays the differences between urbanized Seoul and rural Korea through the story of a young boy from the city who is left with his grandmother in a tiny country village. Tradition and transformation both shape the film The Cup, in which a young monk tries to bring television to a traditional Buddhist monastery for the World Cup. Morgan Freeman’s documentary series The Story of God introduces the art and beliefs of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Teachers will receive access to free lesson plans for these and other films suitable for global studies.
Understanding Business in China by Traveling with Students
Larry Chavis, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
This session will provide an overview of key issues facing companies looking to expand into Asia, particularly China. We will focus on both economic and cultural issues as well as give an overview of some basic models students can use to analyze markets in other countries. Many of the lessons will be gleaned from four two-week trips to East Asia with undergraduate business students, as well as several personal trips to Asia with family.
Okujirasama, A Whale of a Tale: Documentary Film Screening and Q&A
Megumi Sasaki, Director and Producer, Fine Line Media, Inc.
Taiji is a small fishing town in Japan that has been a target of international criticism due to longstanding dolphin and whale hunting. Okujirasama, A Whale of a Tale offers a new perspective on the issues of environment, animal welfare and animal rights that is far more complicated than what has been portrayed in the US media. What’s happening in Taiji symbolizes a crash between the global and local culture that’s not only relevant in Japan, but in the rest of the world.
Chinese Brush Painting
Jinxiu Zhao, Artist and Art Instructor
Chinese brush painting is a traditional art form that shows the beauty of both simplicity and complication of nature. Attendees will learn basic techniques and skills of how to make a Chinese brush painting with ink and color and they will complete a painting within the session.
Chinese Cultural Perspectives
Liz Bucrek, Program Manager and Instructor, Carolina Navigators, UNC-Chapel Hill
Sophie Niu, Student, Information Science and Applied Math, UNC-Chapel Hill
In this interactive session, participants will learn more about Chinese culture by exploring cultural perspectives, values and communication in the U.S. and in China, and how they can come into play in the classroom. Participants will also learn strategies for teaching Chinese (and international) students, and acquire guidance for connecting with these students. Educators will also have the opportunity for a Q & A with a UNC student from China, who has experienced high school in both the US and China.
The Way of Japanese Tea, “Chanoyu”
Yoko Iwashima, Nippon Club Director and Coordinator
Chiyoko Lord, MC, Urasenke School
Kazue Kojima, Host, Omotesenke School
Fusae Newbegin, Assistant, So-hen school
Mariko Martine, Student at NC State University
Triangle Nippon Club members will provide a brief history of Japanese tea (“Chanoyu”), as well as a Chanoyu demonstration and an opportunity to taste Japanese sweets and tea (matcha). The goal of the session is promote greater understanding of Japanese culture through Chanoyu. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the session.
Anime: Understanding the Cultural Phenomenon
Jordan Bledsoe, Lecturer in Languages and Cultural Studies, UNC Charlotte
Attendees will better understand what anime is, how it is different from Western animation and how its unique esthetic has its own culture and history. Attendees will also learn about anime’s sub-genres and fan communities as well as the unique connections that exist between informal and formal distribution networks.
Taiwan: Nation-State or Province?
Jessica Liao, Assistant Professor of Political Science, NC State University
Flag, anthem, government, people, passport . . . Taiwan meets most criteria as a country but its sovereignty has limited recognition in the world. What causes this uncertain political status? How has the People’s Republic of China affected Taiwan? What challenges will Taiwan face in the future? This lecture discusses Taiwan’s history, politics, economy and society in the context of the evolution of the cross-strait relations.
Japanese Food, Washoku, and Food Education in Japan
Yoko Kano, Senior Lecturer, UNC Wilmington
Washoku, or Japanese cuisine, is now placed as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, making it only the second national cuisine to receive the prized designation. This session introduces key ingredients of washoku as well as how food and nutrition education are interwoven in daily lives and Japanese schools. Resources on East Asia will be also introduced and a DVD on North Carolina teachers’ study trip to Japan will be distributed in the session.





Program Material

Required for CEU/PDCH credit: To maximize your experience during the seminar and to earn 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) or 15 Professional Development Contact Hours (PDCH) you will need to attend the full seminar and submit a completed study guide after the program. 

Suggested readings: In the weeks leading up to the seminar, we will share readings to the seminar.

  1. February 22, 2018
    Recommended Video:
    Brookings Institution (2018, February 7) Order from Chaos: The New Geopolitics.
    Recommended Website:
    Global Voices- Citizen Media Stories about East Asia” Global Voices.
  2. March 1, 2018
    This week, in preparation for the seminar, we ask you to explore connections to East Asian cultures. This week’s first resource is a short TED video featuring Abigail Washburn. One of the seminar’s opening speakers, Abigail Washburn had planned to become a lawyer and work toward improving US-China relations. Her plans changed after picking up a banjo. In this video, Abigail shares her experiences in touring the US and China while playing the banjo and singing in Chinese. She also shares why she strongly believes that music has the power to connect cultures and people. Watch the video here: Building US-China Relations by Banjo.
    We also recommend that you explore the history of tea through this Ted-Ed animated video (and accompanying lesson resources) The History of Tea. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world and the diverse methods of preparing tea reflect cultures around the globe. The Ted-Ed video explores the interesting history of tea, from matcha to Darjeeling, from the clipper ship to opium. At the seminar, participants will have an opportunity to attend a concurrent session hosted by the Triangle Chanoyu Club, where they will facilitate a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
  3. March 8, 2018
    Tucker, Marc. Asian Countries Take the US to School. The Atlantic Magazine. February 29, 2016. Accessed March 1, 2018.
    Kelly, Mary Louise (Host). (2017, September 28). Little Soldiers Examines China’s Military-Like Education System (Audio podcast) Morning Edition.