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China 101: China Matters

  • Ellensburg High School (map)

China . . . the word itself conjures up visions of the highest mountains in the world, one-fifth of the world’s population, Mao Zedong and his political and cultural revolutions, Deng Xiaoping and his “second revolution” to modernize China and the outcome (a booming economy and the growing division between the have and have-nots), and China’s evolving role on the world stage.

With China’s rapid economic development since Mao’s death in 1976, China has become an increasingly complex and dynamic society. How can we integrate China into our teaching and situate China in a global context? How do we support students to read behind the headlines, break down stereotypes and misconceptions, and distinguish between fact and opinion? How can we explore global themes such as sustainability and migration, using China as an example?

In order to understand the People’s Republic of China in the 21st century, one must have a basic knowledge of the people, their land, culture and some of the challenges and opportunities facing its 1.3 billion people today.  China 101 will attempt to provide you with just that.


Thursday, November 8

4:00PM-7:00 PM

Ellensburg High School


Tese Wintz Neighbor has traveled extensively around the world, but her heart and soul remain in China. She has lived and worked in both Beijing and Hong Kong and holds a Masters degree in China Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She taught East Asian history and culture for more than a decade at Seattle-area colleges and for the past two decades has been teaching an intensive East Asia seminar class for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, administered by UW’s East Asia Resource Center (EARC). Tese has led more than 50 tours to Asia and has also worked as a freelance writer for publications such as the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. She has written numerous curriculum units on Asia for the World Affairs Council and Newspapers in Education.

Ryan Hauck currently teaches AP Comparative Politics at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, WA, and is Director of the Global Classroom Program at the World Affairs Council in Seattle. Ryan will provide engaging teaching strategies for making China come alive in your classroom.


3 free OSPI clock hours

Light dinner

Materials including a resource packet, access to materials online and a book on contemporary China