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As a National Resource Center (Pan Asia) under the Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Asian Studies Center is committed to outreach work related to teaching about Asia. Our outreach programs include three major target audiences: K-16 educators, community colleges, and local, regional, and national communities.


  • Implement activities that reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views and generate debate on world regions and international affairs as they apply to Asia.
  • Enhance teacher training to strengthen Asian language education and teaching about Asia, enriching teacher education curriculum with Asia content.
  • Build and grow partnerships with community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) through a series of activities that provide faculty and students of partnering institutions with access to MSU’s resources in Asian Studies including professional development opportunities (for faculty) and instruction (for students).

Contact Dr. Jiahang Li (jiahang(at) to schedule outreach events, learn about upcoming programs, or inquire about available resources.



In collaboration with the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) at the University of Pittsburgh, we offer high-quality professional development opportunities for K-12 educators. Click Upcoming Programs and Past Programs to see more.

K-16 Educator Programs & Resources

We organize many workshops and professional development opportunities for K-16 educators to enhance their knowledge and skills in teaching about Asia. We also develop and share valuable resources for K-16 educators focusing on Asian languages and cultures. Click Upcoming Programs and Past Programs to see more.

Community College Programs

We work closely with the Midwest Institute for International-Intercultural Education (MIIIE) and other Community Colleges to provide comprehensive and high-quality professional development opportunities and resources for educators. By working together, we combine our expertise and resources to create programs and materials that are effective and engaging for educators and students alike. Our collaboration allows us to reach a wider audience and make a bigger impact in promoting cultural understanding and global citizenship. For MIIIE programs, please visit the MIIIE website for details.

Community Outreach Programs

Our Community Outreach Programs focus on increasing knowledge and understanding about Asia in local, regional, and national communities. These programs include workshops, presentations and cultural events that are accessible and engaging for all ages. They provide a unique perspective on Asia and promote cross-cultural understanding and global citizenship. Additionally, these programs strive to make the learning of Asia more accessible to under-served communities. Please click Upcoming Programs for details.

Upcoming Programs

2024 MSU NCTA Teaching Modern East Asia Summer Foundational Seminar

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The Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia at the University of Pittsburgh are thrilled to offer the 2024 Teaching Modern East Asia Summer Seminar. This no-cost professional development opportunity is perfect for K-12 educators eager to infuse their curricula with the modern histories and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Participants will benefit from a $300 stipend, $230 in educational resources, SCECH hours (specific to Michigan teachers), and future NCTA opportunities. This enriching program is designed for educators in various subjects who are based in select states. For more details, interested applicants are encouraged to check their availability against the seminar dates and contact Dr. Ethan Segal or Dr. Jiahang Li with any questions.

Childhood in Asia: Multiple perspectives through children’s literature

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Explore childhood across Asia in this workshop, examining three captivating children's books. Delve into cultural beliefs, historical events, and character dynamics through thoughtful analysis. Discover age-appropriate nonfiction resources for classroom integration. Suitable for educators of all grades, with a focus on K-6 teachers. Featured selections: "Morning Sun in Wuhan" (China, ages 8-12), "The Library Bus" (Afghanistan, ages 5-8), and "Inside Out and Back Again" (Vietnam and USA, ages 9-12)

Other Programs

2024 Workshop for Teachers of Japanese

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Michigan State University Japanese Studies Program & Asian Studies Center and Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan extend their invitation to this free Zoom workshop to Japanese teachers in Michigan, the US, and worldwide. Dr. Mitsue Tabata-Sandom, lecture in Japanese at Massey University of New Zealand will lead the workshop.

Graphic Novels Teacher Workshop

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Application Deadline: June 8, 2024

A workshop on teaching graphic novels about different regions of the world.
Open to K-12 In-Service & Pre-Service Teachers.

Past Programs

2024 Global DEI & Art Teacher Fellowship Program

The MSU Broad Art Museum, in collaboration with the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, and the Center for Latin America & Caribbean Studies, presents an annual K-12 Teacher Fellowship for educators across all disciplines.

The MSU Broad Art Museum Teacher Fellowship: Global DEI Through Art equips participants with skills and strategies to enhance students' comprehension of global diversity, equity, and inclusion. Situated amidst artworks from the museum's collection showcased in The CORE, this program provides student-centered approaches aimed at fostering critical thinking and curiosity about cultures worldwide. Through activities designed to enhance observation, imagination, and creativity, educators will enrich their capacity to integrate global DEI curriculum into their teaching practices.

This fellowship, tailored for K-12 educators seeking to expand their expertise in writing and teaching with a global DEI focus, offers a unique opportunity for professional development.

The program was scheduled to run from November 2023 to February 2024. Participants had the chance to earn up to 20 SCECH credits and received a stipend of $500.

The program included in-person sessions at the MSU Broad Art Museum on November 12, January 20, and February 10, as well as a virtual session on December 2 via Zoom, with additional small group virtual meetings scheduled as needed.

2023 Global DEI & Art Teacher Fellowship Program.

The MSU Broad Art Museum, in partnership with the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, and the Center for Latin America & Caribbean Studies offers a yearly K-12 Teacher Fellowship for educators of all subjects. Participants in the MSU Broad Art Museum Teacher Fellowship: Global DEI Through Art build skills and strategies to broaden students’ understandings of global diversity, equity, and inclusion. This program offers student-centered strategies designed to deepen critical thinking and curiosity about people around the world, while building skills of observation, imagination, and creativity.    

2023 Global Children’s Literature Teacher Fellowship Program

The Michigan State University College of Education, in conjunction with the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, was delighted to present a unique opportunity for K-12 teachers in a previous event.

This fellowship provided a platform for collaboration between classroom teachers and a team of MSU faculty and graduate students. Together, they explored the intersection of local and global ideas through the exploration of children's literature.

2023 MSU NCTA Workshop Series Contemporary East Asian Art

Michigan State University's NCTA program previously brought educators together for engaging discussions centered around the artworks of Chinese artist Guanyu Xu and Korean artist Won Kim. The aim was to encourage dialogue on global issues and enhance understanding of art.

The program offered two workshops, allowing participants to attend one or both sessions with prior registration required. Michigan teachers had the opportunity to earn SCECHs for their participation.

Attendees of the August 9 session received complimentary materials and books, while the Zoom session on August 16 featured a special appearance by Guanyu Xu.

2023 MSU NCTA Teaching East Asia Foundational Seminar

This seminar, held from August 7 to August 11, 2023, was an enriching experience for K-12 educators from specific states, focusing on the arts, literature, and history of East Asia, particularly China, Japan, and Korea. It offered an in-depth exploration through hands-on art projects, literary analysis, and historical insights, alongside practical classroom applications and valuable resources. Educators who completed the program were rewarded with a $300 stipend, $250 in teaching materials, the option for 30 SCECH hours (subject to approval), and eligibility for future NCTA courses and study tours, enriching their teaching arsenal and fostering a deeper understanding of East Asian cultures.

2023 Workshop for Teachers of Chinese

The 2023 Annual Workshop for Teachers of Chinese was held virtually on August 5th and 12th, from 1-4pm EDT, focusing on "E-Writing to Improve L2 Chinese Teaching and Learning: Research and Practice." Hosted by the Asian Studies Center and the College of Education at Michigan State University, these sessions offered educators insights into enhancing Chinese language instruction through electronic writing. The workshops, delivered via Zoom, were free, though registration was necessary to participate. This initiative provided valuable strategies and practices for teachers looking to integrate more technology into their language teaching methodologies.

2023 Workshop for Teachers of Korean

MSU Asian Studies Center collaborates with the Michigan Association for Korean Schools to offer the 2023 Workshop for Teachers of Korean on May 6, 2023.

2023 Workshop for Teachers of Japanese

MSU Asian Studies Center and Japan Council, Japan Foundation Los Angeles, and Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan sponsored the 2023 Workshop for Teachers of Japanese on May 13, 2023. Dr. Yoshiro Hanai from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh presented with a title on: Embracing learner variability through individualization and optimization: Concepts and strategies.