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6/21/2016 8:36:27 PM

skollar
skollar
Posts: 32
Subject: Final Essay Reflection
This course not only introduced me to the educational and historical implications of the culture, history, traditions, and values of the people of East Asia, but instilled in me a varied lens on which to see it through. I greatly enjoyed the readings, lectures, and academic discourse with professors and peers during class sessions. I also enjoyed the deeper implications this course brought to my overall understanding of the world and plethora of people in it. This class showed me that there is so much I thought I knew about history, but had barely scratched the surface on what the truth really is or where it lies. Seeing historical events from differing viewpoints provided me a better way to comprehend and wrap my head around new material being introduced during this past semester.

Teaching at a global awareness school I will be able to use a great deal of the artifacts, stories, books, articles, information, and history with my future students. I am eager to integrate many of the resources, lessons, and materials introduced by peers into my own classroom. I also have a much better and deeper understanding about the historical impact that key people from the historical time period before 1800 in countries such as China, Japan, and Korea truly had on the entity of East Asia both in times prior as well as today.

The speakers, lecturers, and professors introduced material and taught so passionately. It was a pleasure to read and learn from each of these individuals. Seeing the excitement within them addressed in promoting topics and subjects related to the class and time period made me want to use the material with my own students in any way possible. I look forward to truly using this material as much as possible in teaching 4th grade next year as I can. I feel that I have an entire new arsenal of subjects, materials, and topics to teach from all that was presented during this course session from both the professionals and peers. I also enjoyed the experience of being in class and face to face with other teachers which enabled amazing conversations and collaboration amongst teachers of all grade levels, subjects, and curricular arenas. I truly enjoyed this course and look forward to engaging in the next.
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8/21/2016 10:09:16 PM

yreynoso
yreynoso
Posts: 23
Subject: Final Essay Reflection
Attending this course made me realize how people's lives, their beliefs, traditions and gastronomy impact other peoples' way of living when cultural interaction occurs at a global level. During this seminar, I learned so much from the presenters, readings, and colleagues who happen to be very knowledgeable. It was a pleasure and an honor attending the Chinese Institute because the presentations made me understand the world I though I knew in a broader and more insightful way. I must recognize that before I attended the China Institute, I had little to no idea how the East Asia countries played such an important role in the development and growth of the economy of the United States and the world’s. Attending the China Institute made me gain a greater understanding about the impact that all East Asia countries have on a global, pungent economy. Before Stephen’s Cheung’s lecture on trading and his report on Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports, I had not much knowledge of the enormous magnitude international trading represented for the U.S.A. economy. I knew there was international trading occurring, but the insightful and data based report on how the local and international economy works in order to produce, keep, and maintain job stabilization in a community, it blew my mind. I had no idea how much traveling, negotiating, and how many human, and material resources were involved in preserving the integrity of a community. I will definitely address the topic of trading in my classes to assist them in gaining a meaningful insight of the elements that encompass a local, municipal, state, and international economy in order to preserve our current life styles. I really would like them to understand and appreciate how the social and economic factors that make a community functional, contribute to the stability of the community they live in. One of my goals this year is for them to raise awareness about other countries’ cultures by studying their people, geography, religion, traditions, gastronomy, political, and economic history.


The visit to the Getty Museum was extremely interesting and educational for me; visiting the display of the three full size replicas of the Cave Temples of Dunhuang where some elements of the Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road was an incredibly spiritual and cognitive experience that I will never forget. In this exhibit, there was a large display of artifacts evidencing the expansion and preservation of Buddhist practices along the map showing the routes of the Silk Road that promoted a rich and extensive cultural and economic exchange through regions of the Asian Continent, and through the Mediterranean Sea. According to the information provided in this tour, replication of the symbols and historical elements in the caves has been a tradition and a common practice to earn rebirth and merit. These two are essential concepts in the Buddhism way of life; both highly correlated with each other, one has to devote his/her life to provide health, safety, and welfare to others before oneself in order to through rebirth, devotion, and merit, reach Nirvana. These would be excellent topics to introduce to my students in the Language Arts and Mathematics. I will try to introduce a piece of geography first, and then some poetry , drawing, history and finally a good glimpse to how international trading has been and still is an important part in the progress of old and contemporary societies.
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8/24/2016 5:01:46 AM

mmadruga
mmadruga
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Michael Madruga
La Familia High School


Reflection on the USC 2016 Summer Seminar

First, I would like to thank the USC U.S – China Institute, and the Annenberg School for Communication for the prodigious experience. The instructors are world class, their knowledge, and their ability to communicate difficult concepts is impressive.
The seminar topics were on point for the subjects that I teach. I will be able to integrate most of the information, materials, and insights from the seminar into my classroom. The sessions that focused on Hinduism, Buddhism, Caodaism, Daoism, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Dao Mau, will be especially helpful as my textbooks are very limited when it comes to Asia, and even less on Eastern Religions. My students will become high-level thinkers as a direct result of the seminar.

The Professors welcomed inquiries during their presentations allowing for student discourse. The unique teaching styles of the professors; was a seminar in itself. Their ability to communicate and shift gears to respond to a question, and then get back on point was notable. The information learned from the seminar has liberated me from the fear of instructing on the aforementioned historical figures and subjects. Attached is a lesson plan formulated specifically for incorporating East Asia into my teaching. I definitely intend on integrating my new knowledge of Karma, Karmic debt, and the cyclical doctrine of existence into my classrooms’ Socratic discourse. Guanxi will become a common vocabulary term, and the strategy of “same message, multiple sources, and multiple times” will be integrated into my school by cross collaborating with my fellow teachers.

The Korean Cultural Center is enlightening! I plan on exposing my students to the linguistic aspects of the Korean language, specifically the phonics element, as most of my learners are ELL and ESL. The Getty Museum speaks for itself.

The institution, the facilities, and the accommodations’ were first class. The campus is clean and safe, and the buildings and landscape are Ivy League. Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in the Seminar. I will look for your newsletters.

Best,

Michael J. Madruga
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8/26/2016 2:50:39 PM

rbrady
rbrady
Posts: 39
Subject: Final Reflection Summer Seminar 2016
Final Reflection
Summer Seminar USC China Institute
First, as I reflect on the week spent at the seminar in July I first feel gratitude for the opportunity to attend. As usual USC has put on a first class event. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and professional. The presenters were of top quality exhibiting a wonderful combination of intelligence, expertise, humility, and had evident passions for their work and areas of expertise. What a great service you provide to remind educators of the Far East. Moreover, kudos for enabling us to impart a learning of the Far East to our students through the curriculum that we present to them.
There are so many ideas and experiences from that week that will be incorporated into our units of study. Just today we had a ramen dish presented in the teacher’s lounge and a flood of memories came back regarding our afternoon learning all about the history of ramen from its Japanese and Chinese beginnings to its predominance globally as a go to food for much of the planet. The concept of food being used as a bridge to cultures is not a new one, yet it is often overlooked in academia. Children are particularity prone to seeing these connections. I had fourth grade students pointing out to me the introduction of pasta to Italy through the stories of Marco Polo. This makes for a nice introduction into the teaching of geography, trade, cuisine of the Spanish colonial period in California. In Math we are calculating the prices for a Carne Asada meal and side dishes. When looking at how Carne Asada is made we noticed some Asian ingredients in the marinade. This leads to a discussion of the Far East, in particular the Philippines, China, and Japan. When learning about the Spanish galleon we can compare and contrast that with modern containers from the San Pedro/Long Beach docks. The discussions with the WTO head come to mind in this. Your presenters were well placed for k-12 curriculum and the learning that we absorbed from them can be interwoven throughout our curriculum. If nothing else, the idea that “The Far East Matters” permeates the thought of the teacher and from here we make the stories of learning even more diverse and interesting.
As we prepare our students for their future there are many learning opportunities available to them in the greater Los Angeles, Southern California area. We have for two generations now become the major point of entry for new generations of immigrants. These dynamics alone allow for great learning and I feel that I benefited from this growing up in the Los Angeles area. Yet, how much more powerful these experiences are when this synergy is harnessed in academia and educators are allowed to engage with working experts that see profound connections between our students and these changes. And how much more powerful again these things are when they present themselves in a well thought out and organized manner by a professor and his staff for teacher training. The goal of your mandate is to show that the Far East matters and should be presented in k-12 curriculum and you have done an excellent job of that. Thank you again for a wonderful inspiring week and a goal well accomplished.
All the best,
Richard Brady MUSD
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8/27/2016 10:30:20 AM

skroop
skroop
Posts: 96
Subject: Final Essay Reflection
Something that I really enjoyed about this week of seminars is that it was unlike many of the other seminars I have taken through the US-Asia institute. I really appreciated the focus on modern issues, economics, food, culture, and religion. In addition to a brief history reminder this week, it was relevant to see some things that are happening in our world today and how history has impacted cultures and economies around the world. I really enjoyed the connections of East Asia to the US and even Los Angeles, and how I can teach my students some of the things discussed this week.

One particular seminar session that I really enjoyed was Yunxiang Yan’s presentation on Individualism in China. I felt that this was something I will be able to use as comparison point in my AP European History course in teaching Individualism for Europeans. I think there are definitely some very different views on individuals, goals, careers, family, and responsibility to community, among many other points of comparison. I think my students will gain a better understanding of the history, society, and cultures of both Asia and Europe.

Some new topics that I learned about that I thought were very interesting were in reference to the indigenous religious practices in Vietnam. Caodaism is a religion that I knew nothing about. I was very intrigued by the churches in Vietnam and the significance of colors used as well as symbolism. I think my students would really enjoy images showing a variety of symbolic differences shown in imagery and color in churches around the world.
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8/29/2016 1:49:43 PM

ndaza
ndaza
Posts: 20
Subject: Final Reflection
Nancy Daza
9/2/2016

Final Reflection


When I first signed up for this seminar, I had no high expectations. I had very limited knowledge about this culture even though I have always been fascinated with it. I can gladly say that I was ecstatic to find out on day one how educational this seminar is and all the great educational benefits it provides for the educators and consequently the students.

As an educator, I like to teach culture awareness and diversity to my students. I will be able to integrate some of the resources provided into my lessons this upcoming school year. What a better way to teach culture awareness and diversity than through Art and gastronomy.

I was thrilled to learn so much about East Asia during this seminar. It was definitely a very rewarding experience to be fully emerged into this rich culture for a period of a week. It has always been intriguing to see throughout history the fascination of other cultures with Asia. It was an honor and privilege to have been able to participate in this seminar. Thank you Catherine Gao and Professor Clayton Dube for your dedication.
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8/29/2016 7:49:28 PM

cindyn
cindyn
Posts: 33
Subject: Final Reflection
This seminar has given me a new perspective of how to incorporate Asian cultures into my curriculum. It's very hard to get students interested in world history let alone Asian culture and its connections to current events. This class has given me a wealth of resources to use in my class to entice my students to become curious about cultures they might have never even heard of or know. One of the best methods I learn from this class is to incorporate music and fashion. These things are relatable to any students, no matter their background or perspective. Another fun resource I learned about is a virtual tour of the museums. If we cant take them there then at least they are able to visit it through the internet. Again, it was a great experience!
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9/1/2016 11:50:48 PM

jmallard
jmallard
Posts: 22
Subject: Final Essay Reflection
Learning about East Asia culture from the USC Us- China Institute was one of the most powerful cultural workshops I have attended throughout my teaching career. I believe there is so much to learn from the East Asia culture and although there are vast similarities from various countries that span throughout East Asia, there are also vast differences that I have learned about as well. I think in efforts of having our students be outstanding global citizens we must educate them and equip them with the knowledge and understanding of cultures throughout the world. I intend to incorporate East Asia into my teaching through reading informational text. With Common Core ELA shifts, our students must be able to read and answer and ask questions from more literature that is informational and has text complexity. Encouraging and exciting students to learn more about other cultures in a fun and engaging way where students can take ownership of their learning through planning their own trip to various countries throughout will help students to be successful in reading more informational texts that is now required of them. For this particular unit I focused on China, however I know that I can continue to build on their knowledge of China from this unit and have students to learn more about Japan and later compare and contrast the two which is a reading comprehension skill that is required of my second graders. After Japan, I can keep traveling and have students to continue to build on their prior knowledge to increase their cultural awareness. For my students, especially since I teach at the primary grade level, I feel that the ideas and issues that were raised during the seminar that are of the greatest relevance to my students are simply the traditions and culture that includes food, holidays and celebrations, language, early education, and family structures and values. These were the issues I feel are more so the foundations and my students will be able to relate to them and compare them to their own early lives more so.
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9/1/2016 11:51:49 PM

njimenez
njimenez
Posts: 58
Subject: My Final Essay Reflection
After completing this course I feel that I have several different lesson ideas I can now draft and include into my curriculum. For example, I now have two units that work together which I can use for any of my art classes. I also think taking this course exposed me to new websites, movies, and learning centers where I can find more resources. Because this is my second session here at USC, I no longer feel unsure about myself. This class has also given me the confidence to try new things and explore topics I might not have considered before. For example, exploring religions and discussing them in art and how they are evident in the cultures artwork. I also have been exploring my surroundings at school more by going to Asian restaurants and eating food that I don’t think I would have tried before. I am doing this research because I am planning on having my students visit restaurants and maybe taking photographs of how they present the food and turning that into a painting.

Again, I would recommend to any teacher wanting to apply to this program to take the course. The presenters are teachers themselves and the conversation in class are constructive and useful. The reading materials are a lot but they do answer a lot of questions that the presenter might not have time to answer. Over all this session was great! Thank you to the presenters and faculty at USC for doing a great job in hosting us.
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9/2/2016 12:11:25 AM

victoriachan
victoriachan
Posts: 27
Subject: Final Essay
East Asia will be somewhat embedded into my curriculum such as when the class will discuss attitudes towards chemicals in everyday products we use. The unit I designed has a section for students to analyze the chemicals in Korean beauty products and to discuss the ethics of how chemicals are used. While I did not design the lesson yet, the class did inspire me to think of how to guide students towards designing a lab to test the effects of green tea and to find out for themselves whether or not it is beneficial. This would be at the end of the year when we go over organic chemistry. They could also do research on why China does not allow meat from the U.S. to be imported because of the types of chemicals the U.S. uses.
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Other than that, the personal enrichment I gained to better understand Chinese culture is one way for me to connect to my students. While many of my students are Latino or Black, we can find similarities with each other so that they can have a better learning experience. After all, students don’t learn from people they don’t like. Also, the students are not exposed to people outside of their own race, so they could benefit from learning what I learned in this course. I would talk to them during Breakfast in the Classroom or during lunch about the differences in East Asian cultures to spark their interests to look beyond what they know. Having this knowledge would better prepare them for life after high school because they are more likely to encounter people from different cultures, and they should learn how to interact with them.
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