September 15th workshop website

Visit to learn more about the September 15th Teacher Institute on East Asia for K-16!

Also check out the flyer here.

Open to teachers in any grade level or discipline! Join us! It will be a fun day.

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


Fall 2012 Outreach Newsletter now available

Check out all the latest outreach news for the coming school year in the Fall 2012 Outreach Newsletter, fresh off the presses as of August 22!

Inside learn more about:

-Haruko Yuda, the Asia Institute’s Japan outreach coordinator in residence for the next two years;

-the Teacher Institute on East Asia for K-16 on September 15th at Blue Ridge Community College;

-Lesson plan suggestions for teaching about the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami;

-Asia in the News;

-Grant and travel opportunities for educators.


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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


Announcing Fall Professional Development for K-12 Teachers

Fall 2012: Teacher Institute on East Asia (.pdf, 335KB)

-This hands-on, interactive workshop will be given by teachers for teachers!

-Learn Chinese, hear about one teacher’s travels through Korea, participate in Japanese cultural activities, and hear about how teachers have incorporated East Asia into the SOLs in art, English, PE, and more!

-Workshop will be held at Blue Ridge Community College, in the beautiful mountains outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

-Registration is $35. Lunch is included, as well as certificates of participation for submission to your district for recertification points. All cultural materials, lesson plans, and door prizes are free!

-Please see the flyer for details or contact Rachel Stauffer ( with questions.

For more information on Asia Institute professional development programs, visit this link.

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


Boston College research study seeks participants

**Please contact Usha Tummala-Nara at Boston College ( or (617) 552-4491) with questions or to participate.


I am writing to invite you to participate in a research study addressing Asian Indians’ views about life in the U.S., men and women as well as views on, and experiences, of sexual violence. This study will contribute to knowledge about Asian Indians living in the U.S. and help with developing appropriate services for Asian Indians.


I invite you to participate if you:


–          Are 18 years or older

–          Are of Asian Indian descent (either born in the U.S. or born outside the U.S.)

–          Are fluent in English (Survey is administered in English)

–          Currently live in the United States


Men and women are invited to participate in the study.


Your participation in this study will involve the completion of several questionnaires related to background information, your perspectives about living in the United States and about men, women, and sexual violence.  These questionnaires can be completed online via Qualtrics and should take you about 20-25 minutes to complete.  At the end of your participation, you will be given the option to participate in a raffle for a $75 gift card to


Your participation in this research is voluntary and would be greatly appreciated. 


If you are interested in participating in this study, you can access the survey at the following web address:


If you know of anyone who is of Asian Indian background living in the U.S., and who may also be interested in participating in the study, please pass on this letter.  Thank you for your consideration in participating in this study.   If you have any questions concerning this research study, please contact me at or (617) 552-4491. 


Whatever your decision about participating, thank you very much for considering this invitation. 





Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D.

Boston College


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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


ESL Employment Opportunity

ESL Employment opportunity at UVa’s Center for American English Language and Culture.
Chinese Bilingual Faculty Program
Would you be interested in working this fall as a Classroom Assistant with a diverse group of Chinese professors learning English and learning about U.S. college life and teaching?
The Center for American English Language and Culture will be hosting the Chinese Bilingual Faculty Program this fall with 59 professors from Jiangsu Province, China. In the past year, UVa students have made this an exceptionally successful program, working as English language and cultural partners for the professors as they learn about U.S. higher education.
Classroom Assistants will partner with a professor during an ESL class providing feedback on oral English work, participating in discussions, and helping generally with the administration of the course; in addition, Classroom Assistants will help with a course on pedagogy/English for teaching/culture of the U.S. classroom course.
We are also looking for Classroom Assistants to lead on Grounds excursions to UVa events and activities throughout the professors’ stay.  CAs will plan and lead trips to open lectures, concerts, workshops, flash seminars, sports events, etc. to give professors a better sense of the rich offerings at UVa.
Please read below, and if interested in applying for a position as a Classroom Assistant, please follow the link to the application.
The 12 week program starts Thursday, August 30 (mandatory training) and runs through Thursday, November 15th
60- 66 hours total for 12 weeks.
You may sign up for any or all of the following schedules:
1)    Morning Program: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:45 a.m.-noon
2)    Afternoon Program: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m – 4:15 p.m.
3)    Monday/Wednesday afternoons and evenings –  UVa Excursions only
6 hours per week.
Classroom Assistants will be paid $13/hour for approximately 6 hours per week of work throughout the 12 week session for no more than 66 hours total.
No Chinese language proficiency is necessary, but participants must be native speakers of English or have had most of their education in the U.S.  We are interested in individuals who have some background in Chinese culture, have taught English, or who have experience with other cultures and languages. Participants must be organized, responsible, punctual, and professional.
If interested, please fill out this brief form. Please get your application in as soon as possible as we will be hiring on a rolling basis until we fill positions:
(You may have to hit control and enter to get to the above link)


Please send questions to Elizabeth Wittner:

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

What a great program! The Asia Institute was excited to send foreign language guru Linda Fletcher from Fluvanna County Middle School to provide these bright young scientists with a little bit of global content to add to 21st century skill development. Thanks, Linda!

Summer Camp at U.Va. Engages Students in STEM Subjects

July 2, 2012 — Some kids can’t get enough of science, technology, engineering and math during the school year. Over the past two weeks, 53 local middle-schoolers had the opportunity to develop their interests and abilities in the so-callled “STEM” fields by attending the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The camp, organized at U.Va. by the Center for Diversity in Engineering, was founded by Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., the first African-American to walk in space. His foundation originally partnered with schools and universities in Texas and Oklahoma to develop the camp with the aim of bolstering the education of economically and socially challenged children.

: “The Exxon-Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is an excellent opportunity to engage and excite students about STEM fields,” said Carolyn Vallas, assistant dean in the Engineering School and director of the Center for Diversity in Engineering. “But to ensure a rich, innovative and diverse STEM talent pool, more initiatives need to be developed and implemented that will inspire and prepare underserved and underrepresented students to pursue and earn STEM degrees that can be used to tackle the grand challenges of the 21st century.” Read more at U.Va Today



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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


Asia Institute to welcome Japanese outreach coordinator for 2012-2014

U.Va.’s Asia Institute to Host Japanese Outreach Volunteer

June 19, 2012 — The Asia Institute at the University of Virginia is one of five institutions nationwide named to participate in the Japan Outreach Initiative, a program that will place a Japanese outreach coordinator at the institute for the next two years.

Haruko Yuda of Kanagawa, Japan, will arrive in Charlottesville at the end of July. She’ll spend two years working under the auspices of the Asia Institute to increase knowledge of Japanese language, history and culture through visits to area schools and community groups, said Rachel Stauffer, the institute’s outreach director.

“She will go into classrooms and community venues to talk about Japanese culture and language,” Stauffer said. “Haruko has expertise in origami and calligraphy, and is very knowledgeable about the Japanese school system. She’s interested in finding out how it is different from American schools.”

The program is sponsored by the Laurasian Institution and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, which cover nearly all of the costs associated with Yuda’s visit and mission, Stauffer said. U.Va. is among four universities and one nonprofit selected to participate this year.

Via email, Yuda said the details of her work aren’t yet set, and that she’s preparing outreach materials. Read more at UVa Today.

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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized