(Geography, history, pivotal people, arts
BBC News Guide
to Modern China is an excellent place to begin. Health, lifestyle, culture, governance, economy,
and more are introduced with excellent graphics and links. Start with Guide to Modern
BBC News Guide
BBC News site depicts Chinese form of government in a clear graphic and good description.
BBC News site traces the tense relationship between
http://www.galegroup.com Gale Group is available by subscription. The resource is an excellent one, providing numerous overviews as well as detailed articles of historical and current importance from periodicals and scholarly reviews. Primary sources and photographs are available as well. For example: Gale group reference overview article on Chinese History from 1911-1996, contains short paragraphs on each major event/regime.
World Book Article on
Columbia University-Asia for Educators
Asia for Educators site from
Song Dynasty subsection of
China Institute’s Website has listings of programs
Brooklyn College-Paul Halsall
Paul Halsall’s Chinese Culture class
This incredible resource is a compilation of Chinese
cultural texts including Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist listings. The source is Paul Halsall's
Another link to links from the
A map activity for students, inviting them to identify
A final link to links from the
This extensively linked website offers information and activities mainly on Ancient China, but includes valuable background information on culture and traditions.
is a collection of short articles and links about various aspects of
Chinese culture: history, religion, people, food, art, education, etc. Articles are uneven, but it has good basic
info and good links to newspapers and other sites. Beware of marketing on site. Many words within articles are links to other
articles. (For example, within
religion article, one can click Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.)
Asian Info.org site has maps and country profiles, as well as articles about specific Asian countries and issues.
American Forum for Global Education
American Forum for Global Education 2003 Teacher Program
details a visit to
Numerous lesson plans easily adaptable to middle through
upper grades are available here, created by participants in American
Forum for Global Education program on
National Geographic Magazine
National Geographic’s pages about
Personal reflections on education, food, housing, family, highways, clothing, prices of everyday goods, etc. are presented in short, readable passages.
Lesson plans on several Asia topics, most notably Did
Zheng He discover
Main “room” of China the Beautiful website, with links to hear audio recitations of Chinese poetry, see Chinese calligraphy of quotations translated into English, maps, paintings, photographs, Chinese names, Chinese language, Peking Opera excerpts (audio), and many other cultural aspects. Fun to browse for the teacher or student.
Short page with good links about Zheng He, Chinese explorer and navigator.
For a less formal and very accessible and personal
approach, visit Paul and Beatrice Noll’s China Choices
website. Very much a mom-and-pop effort, this extensive
site is full of pictures and anecdotes as well as facts about various
places the American couple lived and taught in
China Today site has numerous links to culture and history pages, as well as good pictures and maps. Artists’ sites, museums, traditional music, folk art, holidays and traditions are all featured via numerous links. Although ads and pop-ups are annoying, they can be ignored to explore this richly linked site. For example, the site below is an offering of China Today.
China-at-a-glance pages feature articles and facts on topics ranging from geography to history, from arts to education, the English version of the Chinese national anthem is here, too. Written with a distinctly Chinese viewpoint, the articles do give a current perspective on Chinese policies and history.
This section features many links and pictures about Chinese art and culture.
Another link from China Today, this features
Primary Source.org has pdf documents from summer institutes. This one is about myths in Chinese literature.
While this site is geared to be a crafts-selling site, it also has an OUR TOWN section on which information is available about typical holiday customs, crafts, legends, and ancient history. Graphics are good. Not a site for a long visit, but good information on Beijing Opera, shadow puppets, and calligraphy is here as well.
on this topic appear daily in most newspapers, either in the news or
New York Times
Learning Network-Daily Lesson Plan series of lessons on
Business Week article from August 2005 compares
Article from Business Week Magazine summarizes
results of survey of 70,000 Chinese ages 16-39 living in 30 big cities
about their lifestyle goals, etc.
China Travel Service
Very much geared to the casual browser or potential
traveler, rather than the academic, the Beijing Page has numerous
links to cultural sites in and around
LonelyPlanet.com’s Worldguide site provides
tidbits and good photos of sites and scenes in
China Radio International broadcasts worldwide
via the web in 43 languages. News,
culture and music are featured. This
is a fun site to browse to listen to music, and read the news. Listen to a Chinese radio show, playing music,
and with announcements in Chinese and English, listen to a “movie
English” lesson, or take Mandarin lessons online with daily phrases.
CCTV-4 broadcasts live using Microsoft Media Player. Channel buttons are in Chinese, but 1 and 2 are news, 3 is Show Biz, 4 is Music Video (not necessarily), 5 is China Fashion (really a Chinese “soap” set in ancient China), and 6 (below) is Sports!
Try this link for OLYMPICS footage, montages of athletes,
promos, and actual events.
China Daily, published in China in English, is “Committed to helping the world know more about China and the country's integration with the international community. China Daily is regarded as one of the country’s most authoritative English media outlets and an important source of information on Chinese politics, economy, society and culture,” according to its website. Articles about world news as well as numerous topics on Chinese news and culture can be found. A good introductory site, and one to check daily.
This link leads to an article on the complex relationship
The People’s Daily is a must-read to
gain a Chinese perspective on world and national events.
From the Asia Society website, this link lists
current news items from many Asian newspapers.
Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre of rod and shadow
puppets combines forces with Seattle Reparatory Theatre under
the directorship of Ping Chong to create
Yu Wei Chinese Solo Dance Collection is “drawn
from Chinese traditional, classical, folk, Western ballet, and modern
dance… The dance collection also includes short interval films,
poetry, and live Chinese music…”
Yu Wei performs dances reflecting both folk tradition and current
modes, and the films depict her life and training in
Webcast of U. Cal Berkeley lecture by Jung Chang and
Jon Halliday, authors of Mao, the Unknown Story: a highly critical
history of Mao’s backing by Stalin, crimes against Chinese people,
and his continuing and controversial legacy in
This fantastic site from the BBC has great
graphics, good sound, and terrific videos.
It is an excellent introduction to the Mandarin language (official
Good selection of audio files make this a good site
to begin Mandarin study. Individual
vocabulary is fun to learn, along with elementary phrases. Be careful: Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language.
The same syllables for teacher, mispronounced, sound like mouse!
A lesson on Chinese characters, their evolution and
formation is available at this site, part of the Asia Society’s
vast web offerings.
History of Chinese education systems, readable and
brief, from dynasties to post-Mao era, by David Surowski (Univ of
Summary of 2002 visit to
Short summary of Chinese education system with good photos. Site includes short articles on a variety of Chinese cultural topics, but beware, it also includes links to papers for sale.
Personal reflections on changes in the Chinese education system since the 1980s. Introduction of gifted classes, impact of one-child policy, and changes in university are discussed.
Personal reflection: A Chinese-born teacher in the
Article on outlook for Chinese education and obstacles to overcome.
China Education and Research Network pages
on Education system in
Dated (1995) but interesting personal narrative of
a 24-year-old American college grad who taught English in
Ohio State University-ENCO
Confucianism article from World Book Encyclopedia explains history of the great sage, Confucius, and his influential teachings, including, “Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.”
Phelex Foundation is a non-profit organization
Look to the East article by a
Early Childhood Education in
Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange:
Introduction to the Summer Teaching Project of 2004 and 2005 conducted
in collaboration with
PowerPoint of the welcoming information to
teachers of English visiting from the
Follow this link to numerous other web offerings for
educators. The Asia Society
“is an international organization dedicated to strengthening relationships
and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the
This site provides a forum for international educators.
Links to current events and study opportunities.
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program funds
travel and learning experiences for educators selected in a competitive
application process. Check website
for available travel to
National Committee on U.S. China Relations
was established in 1966 to promote exchange and positive relations between
the two countries. Links to seminars
and text of speeches as well as exchange opportunities are on this site.
CIEE Teach in China Programs
China Choices: Paul and Bernice Noll
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