Exploring China through the Experiences of its Millennial Generation

An NCTA seminar for middle and high school teachers 

This seminar will be offered concurrently in Bellingham and Tacoma, WA by the East Asia Resource Center in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. 

Bellingham Dates: Wednesdays January 20, February 17, March 23, April 20

Tacoma Dates: Thursdays, January 21, February 18, March 24, April 21

All meetings are from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Seminar Benefits

Teachers who finish the seminar will receive a $100 stipend, 20 OSPI clock hours (free) or two 400-level UW credits (for a fee of approx. $240), and a subscription to Education about Asia.


Since Mao’s death and Deng Xiaoping’s nationwide experiment with “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” Chinese society has gone through dramatic changes. How can we wrap our heads around these ongoing changes, and then convey the pace, scale and implications to our students? 

In order to tackle this enormous topic in 20 short hours, we will zoom in on the changing role, behavior and expectations of the millennial generation in both urban and rural China. We will explore the shift in ancient Confucian family roles as rural young adults leave their homes (and parents and pre-school children) to join the largest experiment in urbanization and migration in human history. Topics will include:

  • Social media
  • The expanded role of citizen participation 
  • Growing economic opportunities
  • Declining environmental health

Through readings, movie clips and class discussion you will gain the knowledge necessary to support your students in reading behind the headlines, breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions, and distinguishing between fact and opinion.

Seminar Leader

Tese Wintz Neighbor, China specialist and long-time teacher seminar leader, will facilitate the seminar.

Application Information

The seminar is open to current K-12 in-service and pre-service teachers. Space is limited to 20 in both Bellingham and Tacoma. The program is offered free of charge, but you must apply online (link below). For more information, see the application. 

Posted on December 5, 2015 .