Contemporary Asia in the 21st Century
People's Republic of China (Mainland) and Republic of China (Taiwan) 1949 to present
Japan (Heisei Period) 1989 to present
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North) and Republic of Korea (South) 1948 to present
Socialist Republic of Vietnam 1975 to present
Republic of India and Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1947 to present
Table of Contents - 21st Century

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BBC Learning: Teachers [BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation]
With lesson plans grouped by topic and grade level, and a "Class Clips" section featuring "more than 3,000 clips" from BBC programs that can be viewed online.

Learning Network [The New York Times]
Includes a "Student Connections" section with new summaries and daily quizzes and a "Teacher Connections" section with lesson plans and background readings and more.

NPR >> News >> World [NPR, National Public Radio]
Although not specifically designed for educators, is an excellent resource for world news.

PBS LearningMedia [PBS, Public Broadcasting Service]
This site draws from PBS media to provide "instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more." Teachers may also be interested in PBS NewsHour Extra, which uses the standards and resources of PBS's NewsHour to provide students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events.

Teachers' Domain [WGBH Educational Foundation]
"Teachers’ Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards."

For current events news items, see also The Atlantic Magazine China Channel and China Connected from Reuters.

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The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program >> Teaching with the News [Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University]
The Choices Program's Teaching with the News Initiative provides online curriculum materials and lessons to connect the content of your classroom to the headlines in the news. Topics cover a range of foreign policy and international issues." Choices also offers curriculum packets on a variety of current international issues, including the South China Seas, North Korea, and US-China Relations.

For Educators >> Academic Modules [Council on Foreign Relations]
"Academic Modules — featuring teaching notes by the authors of CFR publications — are designed to assist educators in creating or supplementing a course syllabus. The modules are customized packages built around a primary CFR text, such as a book or report, and include teaching notes; additional readings; video, audio, and transcripts of CFR meetings; Foreign Affairs articles; and other online resources." Also see the Publication section for "Daily Analysis," Interviews," "Online Debates," and "Backgrounder" articles on current world issues.

Great Decisions: In the Classroom [Foreign Policy Association]
The Foreign Policy Association, in collaboration with PBS, sponsors an annual series on current events topics. On the website above, click on the list of "Topics" to see which will relate to East Asia in the current year. Look also at the "Materials" list for the Classroom Packet, should you wish to order it.

Education about Asia (EAA) [Association for Asian Studies]
This journal has excellent articles on contemporary topics written with the classroom in mind. A subscription is highly recommended.

Global Issues and Current Events [Asian Educational Media Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
Featuring resource guides (with links to newspaper articles, editorials, video clips, and lesson plans) on selected current events topics.

SPICE Digest [SPICE: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University]
"SPICE Digest was created to provide educators with background information on a wide variety of topics related to Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the global environment, and international political economy." A selection of articles on China and Japan, some on topics of contemporary concern, are available online. The Digest is disseminated twice yearly via email subscription. SPICE also publishes excellent curriculum units for purchase.

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USC US-China Institute [University of Southern California]
"The USC U.S.-China Institute [USCI] aims to enhance understanding of the 21st century’s definitive and multidimensional relationship through cutting-edge social science research, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, extensive and influential public events, and professional development efforts." See US-China Today, the USCI's online magazine, for daily news digests and feature articles on current topics. The News & Features section is regularly updated with video clips and text transcripts from USCI lectures and events (such as the May 2009 presentation on The Global Impact of China's Environmental Crisis). Also visit the Institute’s YouTube channel for documentaries on the history of US–China relations, as well as presentations on current issues in China.

China from the Inside: An Exploration of China, Her People, Her Past, and Her Present [KQED and Granada Television for PBS / Granada International for the BBC]
With in-depth guides to the four episodes of the PBS/BBC series China from the Inside and a For Educators section with two lesson plans on globalization and the environment and development.

The China Beat: Blogging How the East Is Read
"The China Beat examines media coverage of China, providing context and criticism from China scholars and writers."

Video UnitGreater China? [Open Learning Initiative, Harvard Extension School]
Video UnitTwo Chinese Companies [Open Learning Initiative, Harvard Extension School]
Video UnitChina's Future in the Light of Its Past [Open Learning Initiative, Harvard Extension School]
Lectures 35, 36, and 37 from the Harvard Open Learning Initiative course, China: Traditions and Transformations. These 50-minute lecture presentations, each with an accompanying slide presentation that can be controlled separately, are part of an introductory course on China for undergraduates at Harvard. Taught by two of the leading scholars of the China field — professors Peter Bol and William Kirby — the presentations provide background for teachers and students alike. Suidiv for secondary school classrooms, especially AP-World History courses. (The link above leads to the main course page listing all 37 lectures. Scroll to Lecture 35: Greater China?, Lecture 36: Two Chinese Companies, and Lecture 37: China's Future in the Light of Its Past and select a connection type to view or listen to these lectures.)

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Beijing Scene | "Beijing's Best Bilingual Lifestyle Magazine"

Caijing Magazine | "China's Most Respected Business Magazine"

China Daily | "The Most Cited Chinese Newspaper by Foreign Media"

Danwei | "Chinese Media, Advertising and Urban Life"

People's Daily | "The Latest News Dispatches of Policy Information and Resolutions of the Chinese Government"

Shanghai Daily | "English Window to China News"


Hong Kong

South China Morning Post



The China Post

Taipei Times | "Bringing Taiwan to the World and the World to Taiwan"

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