Kentucky-East Asia Connections Workshop

Contact: Ralph Derickson

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“Expanding the knowledge and understanding of Kentuckians about the world, and especially about emerging Asian countries, is one of our goals at the UK Asia Center. Partnering with local high school and middle school teachers creates a win-win-win situation for the university, our local school districts, and especially the students of Central Kentucky.”

-- Brian D. Taylor,
program coordinator,
UK Asia Center

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2004) -- The Asia Center at the University of Kentucky is offering a workshop for high school and middle school humanities and social studies teachers on Kentucky-Asia Connections from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12 at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort.

Workshop participants will learn about the history and cultures of East Asia and about Asian immigrants to the United States. The workshop will focus on the connections between Kentucky and East Asia from the early 19th century through today and give teachers materials that will help them explore this history with their students, said Brian D. Taylor, program coordinator for the UK Asia Center.

“Expanding the knowledge and understanding of Kentuckians about the world, and especially about emerging Asian countries, is one of our goals at the UK Asia Center,” Taylor said. “Partnering with local high school and middle school teachers creates a win-win-win situation for the university, our local school districts, and especially the students of Central Kentucky.”

Workshop presenters include Kristin Stapleton, director of the Asia Center and associate professor of East Asian history at UK, who will speak on the historical background of East Asian migration; Ron Crouch, director of the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville, who will talk about “New Rules for New Diversity: Asian Immigration to Kentucky;” the staff of the Kentucky Historical Society, who will introduce teachers to the sources for studying Kentucky’s population; and several secondary school teachers, who incorporate Asian topics in their teaching.

There is no charge for the workshop, and lunch and teaching materials will be provided. Teachers who successfully complete the workshop will be given a professional development certificate. The workshop is limited to 30 teachers. Those interested should register before June 1 by contacting the Asia Center at (859) 257-7253 or Asia.Center@uky.edu.


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