East Asia NRC

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education designated Georgetown's Asian Studies Program as an East Asia National Resource Center and assigned it the task of providing free educational resources and opportunities related to East Asia for K-12 and community college instructors and students.
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[Teacher’s Guide] Meiji Japan, 1868-1912

August 18, 2014This teacher’s guide provides an overview of the Meiji period in Japan, which lasted from 1868 to 1912. Following the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Japan began to observe and learn from the West. The first step was the Iwakura Mission, a Japanese diplomatic delegation that traveled the world in 1871 to bring back knowledge and... [Continue Reading]

[Teacher’s Guide] The Meiji Restoration

August 12, 2014This teacher resource guide provides an overview of the Meiji Restoration of 1868. The Meiji Restoration “restored” imperial rule in Japan after the Tokugawa bakufu had ruled the islands for hundreds of years. The final years of the Tokugawa were characterized by domestic unrest and increasing threats to Japanese sovereignty from Western powers. In many ways,... [Continue Reading]

[Teacher’s Guide] The Tokugawa Shogunate

August 11, 2014This teacher resource guide provides a brief historical overview of the Tokugawa period (1600-1868) in Japan. Many of us have heard terms like Tokugawa, Edo, Shogun, Bakufu, Daimyo, and Samurai. What do they exactly mean? How did Japan become the country that we know today? Tokugawa is the name of the clan that ruled Japan... [Continue Reading]