Workshop: Topics on East Asia for U.S. and World History Courses



Deadline for new registrations is January 25.  If you can no longer attend due to the rescheduled time, please email us for a refund.


January 28, 2017| 10:00am-2:00pm

The Skip Viragh Performing Arts Center

chaminade College Prep High School

425 s. Lindbergh, Creve Coeur, MO

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The Missouri Council for History Education in conjunction with the Japan & East Asia Study Group will sponsor a special Saturday workshop.  This event will be free to current members of the National Council for History Education/Missouri Council for History Education.  History educators who would like to join and attend the workshop may do so for a special rate of $25.00. Members should receive the coupon code in their email or in the MOCHE newsletter that will get you the discount. If not, please email us.

Between 10:00 and 12:00, there will be a choice of four breakout sessions presented by area teachers who have studied and traveled to Japan and Okinawa to expand their knowledge and teaching expertise.  Their experience was funded by the United States-Japan Foundation. Workshop participants will be able to attend two of the four sessions listed below.

SESSION 1  10:00-11:00

Option 1: Philxit: Historical Perspectives on Geopolitical Consequences of the End of the U. S. - Philippines Alliance

Curtis Cook, Summit International Studies Academy, Lee Summit R-7 School District

Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, has made recent headlines disrespecting President Obama and snuggling up to China.  His overtures toward China, signaling a possible military and economic alliance in the future, would effectively end the century-long alliance with the United States.  What are the consequences and implications for the United States presence in East Asia?  How will the United States assure its remaining allies in the region that their security and economic interests will be supported by us?  Participants will receive primary and secondary sources that they can use in their classrooms.

Option 2: Three Japanese Narratives of the Pacific War: Okinawa, Nagasaki and the Yasukuni Shrine

Adam Gutschennritter, Gateway Science Academy

The most famous Japanese World War II Shrine depicts the war as a defensive war against the United States and honors Japanese war veterans and the military leaders who were tried and convicted at the Tokyo Trials.  Okinawa, a double victim of the war, was sacrificed by Tokyo to hold off the Americans, resulting in a tragic battle that cost 250,000 lives. Nagasaki and Hiroshima represent a tragic and unique legacy of victimhood since Japan is the only country to date to experience the devastation of an Atomic Bomb.  Not surprisingly, Japan has become the leading voice for eliminating nuclear weapons. This session offers teachers a unique opportunity to engage students in multiple perspectives. Essential questions and primary and secondary sources will be provided.                                     

SESSION 2  11:15-12:15

Option 1: Monuments, Museums and Memorials: Historical Mythology, National Memory and National Identity.

Monica Freese, Metro High School and Dan Glossenger, Clayton High School

This session will focus on the legacy of World War II in Japan by comparing and contrasting the representation of that war by the Okinawa Memorial Peace Museum, the Yasukuni Schrine and Museum, and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. How do memorials and museums shape historical memory? Do memorial and museums create a valued mythology?  Who determines a nation’s story and how it is to be told? Primary and secondary sources and essential questions will be provided so that teachers can replicate this lesson in their own classrooms.

Option 2: Perspectives on Mao’s Cultural Revolution and Its Legacy

Karen Johnson, Nerinx Hall High School

While Americans were wearing tie-dye, beards and beads and protesting the Vietnam War, the Chinese were in the throes of the Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution.  Launched by the founder of Communist China, Mao Zedong, to renew the spirit of revolution in China, this difficult period in Chinese history left indelible images and scars. This session will introduce teachers to this complex topic.  What was the Cultural Revolution? How did it start? What is the legacy? Session will include ways to address the Cultural Revolution through media, literature and art.  Lessons and primary sources will be provided.

After lunch Lori Watt, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at Washington University will speak on “The Past in the Present: Teaching about Conflict in East Asia.”

Lunch will be provided with time to interact with Professor Watt and other history educators.

Membership is based on NCHE membership lists as of January 2017.

Non-members or renewing members may join or renew for the special rate of $25 paid to MOCHE when you reserve your place on line. Last minute “walk-ins” are invited, but still must pay the $25 membership fee (cash or check) and a lunch will not be available.

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Non-members, your registration fee is for a one-year membership to MOCHE. Current members are to use the coupon code for their discount.