Philosophy and Religion
Journals and Publications
Asian Educational Media Services, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: provides multimedia resources for teaching about Asia, including searchable database, lesson plans, film reviews, and more.
Expanding East Asian Studies Program, Columbia University, funded by the Freeman Foundation: provides teaching materials and resources, syllabus, and links to online resources for teaching about Asia and more.
Programs in International Education Resources, Yale University: PIER-East Asian Studies, established in 1974, works to strengthen the understanding of East Asia – China, Japan, and Korea. Provides online resources, classroom resources, media resources and more. In addition to East Asia, it also provides resources in African, European, Latin American and Middle East Studies.
Primary Source, a nonprofit professional development center for educators in the areas of world history and cultures. Offers resources on teaching about Asia, including resource guides, seminars, publications, modules and more.
There is a classroom friendly short video on the Buddhist canon in Korean woodblock print. Students will often not appreciate the national scale of effort to produce the single woodblock set for the canon, which has some 81000 individual blocks inscribed with 52 million characters. Stacked one on top of the other, the collection would rise to 15,000 feet. For the Koryo carving, some 50,000 scribes were employed. It was quite a feat, to say the least. The details of production bring into focus the kind of collective effort involved and suggest how it could serve the purpose of national unification.
For those interested in looking into the Neo-Confucian tradition, a classroom-friendly introduction is Barry Keenan’s book. It’s clearly written and while focused on China will give you a good working knowledge of the kind of Confucianism that becomes dominant in Korea. For those who just want the basics in a few pages, I have attached the outline of a talk of mine that you might find useful if you just need a few keywords and figures to flesh out a session.
Compact Anthology of World Literature (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) edited with the grants from the University System of Georgia to provide students and others affordable education. These are free textbooks that you can use; you can turn specific pages into pdf files and use them in your classes, instead of having to navigate many pages. The textbook says that "If you reuse this content elsewhere, in order to comply with the attribution requirements of the license, please attribute the original source to the University System of Georgia."