This blog is a resource-sharing site for K-12 teachers in Oregon. It is an experimental site developed by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), in partnership with Jordon Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA).

Key Personnel involved in this project at the UO and their responsibilities:

Yifang Zhang, K-12 Outreach Coordinator for NRC at CAPS, responsible for the coordination of all aspects of the program

Katie Gillard, Lead Teacher, responsible for maintaining communication with teachers through the blog (or email), collecting teachers feedback and review them, and giving guidance to the GE for revision

K-12 Outreach Goal:
We hope to create a variety of adaptable resources for K-12 teachers who want to teach East Asian content in their classrooms. We are entering the second year of our pilot program, and your input is crucial! What kind of resources are useful to you? We want to create easy-to-implement activities and curate reliable resources that can be used by a wide variety of teachers of various schools and subjects.


The contents of this website were developed under grant #P015A140135 – 15 from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

The University of Oregon’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) housed a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) for East Asian Studies. The designation came with a four-year, $1.8 million grant that allowed CAPS to expand its programs and public outreach.

The UO center was one of 22 National Research Centers for East Asian Studies in the United States designated for 2010-2018.  Under the Department of Education grant, CAPS was able to:

  • Provide 13 undergraduate- and graduate-level fellowships annually.
  • Create new staffing positions, including a tenure-track position in Korean literature and film, a library archivist dedicated to electronic-based East Asian databases and research materials, and a K-12 outreach coordinator who will help develop statewide curriculum and teacher training workshops;
  • Create new college-level courses with East Asian content that will extend current academic content devoted to Korean language and culture at the UO from three to four years;
  • Help launch a K-16 Japanese Global Scholars immersion program with the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS);
  • Dramatically expand East Asian content within K-12 outreach programs available through the UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Beyond the languages, many UO courses in anthropology, art history, geography, history, linguistics, political science, religious studies and sociology are entirely devoted to East Asian content. Currently the university offers 80 undergraduate and 50 graduate courses each year with 100 percent East Asian content.

About CAPS
Director – Jeffrey Hanes, Associate Professor of Japanese History
Assistant Director — Holly Lakey
Outreach Coordinator – Yifang Zhang

Advisory Board
Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost for International Affairs
Tuong Vu, Professor, Political Science; Program Director, Asian Studies Program
Rachel DiNitto, Associate Professor and Department Head, East Asian Languages and Literatures
Jeffrey Hanes, NRC Program Director
Zhuo Jing-Schmidt, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures
Gyoung-Ah Lee, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Yizhao Yang, Associate Professor, Planning, Public Policy and Management