Asia Studies Development Program (ASDP)
UH faculty regularly assist the ASDP, which organizes summer institutes, field seminars, and on-site workshops for faculty of colleges without Asian Studies programs. The ASDP also works with the National Association For Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) and Hisorically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to insure inclusion of minority-serving institutions. To date, it has produced more than 1,000 professorial alumni from 265 post-secondary institutions in 48 states. Its network includes over 300 colleges, with 17 designated as ASDP regional centers. The East West Center (EWC) provides permanent administrative staffing, and UH provides the teaching faculty and scholar-directors.
College of Education Curriculum Research and Development Group (CRDG)
The Curriculum Research and Development Group (CRDG) organizes teams of teacher-researchers, scholars, and educational specialists to develop, test, and publish curriculum materials and provide staff development and related services for students and teachers, K-12. Previous NRCEA support resulted in the high school text, China: Understanding Its Past (UH Press), which received the American Historical Association’s Robinson Prize for its outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history. CRDG estimates that, thus far, 6,000 students have used the text. Current NRCEA funding supported The Rise of Japan (UH Press, 2003), a high school text with accompanying teacher’s manual and music compact disc. The EAC proposes to continue collaborating with CRDG by providing support for an evaluation prototype for “Cross-Currents,” a multimedia web resource on US-Japan relations (see p. 30).
Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education (MSI)
In 1997, NRCSEAS initiated efforts to expand curricular opportunities in Asian Studies at MSIs. Based on NRCSEAS pilot projects, NRCEA is teaming with NRCSEAS (2002-08) in implementing a wide-ranging program of summer field seminars in China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia for MSIs faculty, each to be followed up by locally funded UH implementation workshops. This project, designed to increase Asian Studies perspectives in America’s minority-serving colleges and universities, already has received funding from Fulbright-Hayes and the Freeman Foundation.
National Foreign Language Resrouce Center (NFLRC)
The East Asia Council and NFLRC work together to sponsor workshops for language educators at universities and colleges across the nation. NRCEA funding contributed to the Second Language Research Forum in October of 2001, which focused on second language acquisition research, particularly in Asian and Pacific languages. It attracted approx. 320 attendees from Hawaii, the US mainland, and countries around the Pacific Rim.
The East Asia Council also worked with the NFLRC to develop an on-line web-based workshop for advanced Korean (July 2001) and a workshop on pragmatics in the Japanese foreign language classroom (July-August 2002).
Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC)
Established in 1954, PAAC promotes understanding of foreign affairs issues among high schools, community colleges, and the general public. To date, it has served more than 50,000 students through speakers’ programs and forums. Over 15,000 people have attended its lectures and cultural performances. The EAC provides speakers and co-sponsors programs, such as conferences, roundtable discussions, and curriculum development projects specifically targeted for high school students and teachers.