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Write About Asia Spring 2019

“Write about Asia” is offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. On March 16, March 30, April 6 and April 27 there will be a lecture followed by a writing workshop which will be facilitated by Mary Roberts.

Educators will attend the public lecture from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and then meet for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.  During the workshop, time is given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop will nurture educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.  Priority will be given to full-time K12 teachers.   Teachers must sign up for and attend two or more lectures in the application below.  Spaces are limited.

This upcoming series is titled “Trans Plants: Collecting, Gathering and Globalizing Plants”.  This five-part series will begin with “a consideration of plants in and out of their native environment, and of how plants become an art material in bonsai and Chinese gardens. Hear stories of a delicious mushroom that only grows in the wild, farming eucalyptus as a colonial endeavor, and a hunt for rhododendrons in China” (excerpt from the Gardner Center website).

Lecture titles

MAR 16

Saturday University: Bonsai, Southern Chinese Style

MAR 30

What Kind of Collection Was the Chinese Scholar’s Garden?


The Charisma of Wild Mushrooms: Matsutake and the Forest Revitalization Movements in Japan

APR 27

The Golden Mountain Gate: Text and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of Southwest China

Workshop details

March 16, March 30, April 4, April 27 (a commitment to attend a minimum of two workshops is required)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours are available for attending the lecture and fulfilling online discussion requirements.


Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  Current full-time K12 teachers will be given priority.



Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies 
University of Washington 
Box 353650 
Seattle WA, 98195-3650

University of Washington

East Asia Resource Center, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650

Room 302 Thomson Hall | Phone: (206) 543-1921 | Fax: (206) 685-0668 | Email: