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

KOREA 21st Century

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.

Reuters: China Connected [Reuters]
Optimized for mobile devices, this app explores the cultural and political factors that shape the dynamics of power in modern China, providing deep insight into China's new generation of leaders and features the best of Reuters' coverage in data, text, photos and video. Provides new perspectives and provocative insights about power dynamics in modern China.

Asian Review of Books [Asian Review of Books]
Essays on new books and their topics, covering all of Asia.


South Korea

The Chosun Ilbo | "Daily News from Korea"

JoongAng Daily

The Korea Times | "Oldest Independent and Most Influential English-language Daily in Korea"

The Korea Herald | "The Largest English-language Newspaper in Korea"

The Korea Society | Podcasts and videos

North Korea

Pyongyang Times


Focus on Korea

North Korea in the World [East-West Center]
The North Korea in the World website is designed to provide policymakers, researchers, journalists and the general public with a broader perspective about North Korea through its collection of curated information, data, and analysis on the external diplomatic and economic relations of North Korea (formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK).

Teaching about the Crisis with North Korea [The Korea Society]
Created by the Korean War Legacy Foundation in conjunction with the Korea Foundation and 38 North, the goal of this website is to provide engaging, easy-to-use materials for the secondary Social Studies or English classroom.

Current World Issues Including Korea

The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program [The Choices Program, Brown University]
The Choices Program's Teaching with the News provides online 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 units for purchase on a variety of current international issues, including the South China Seas and US-China Relations.

SPICE [SPICE: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education]
Video presentations on current world events as well as curriculum packets on major issues in Asia.

Great Decisions: In the Classroom [Foreign Policy Association]
The Foreign Policy Association sponsors an annual series on current events topics. See "Topic Resources" for current year topics East Asia in the current year and "Program Materials" for curriculum available for purchase.

Education about Asia (EAA) [Association for Asian Studies]
On-line and print articles on current issues in East, South and SE Asia. Search articles by country or topic on this on-line index.

Asia Matters for America [East-West Center]
This project maps the trade, investment, employment, business, diplomacy, security, education, tourism, and people-to-people connections between the United States and Asian countries at the national and sub-national levels.

Class Apps [Program on Teaching East Asia, U of Colorado]
Short video presentations focusing on a timely topic or “best practice” for the classroom.

ExEAS – Expanding East Asia Studies [Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University]
Teaching materials and resources on current issues in East Asia.

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