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Great Sites for Teaching About China

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Here are helpful resources for teaching students about China.



  1. 1990 Institute: This site's main goal is to "broaden the understanding and build trust between the people of the United States and China through education, philanthropy, and collaboration."​ The program itself runs education and philanthropic programs both in China and the Unites States, including art and the environment. 

  2. China TodayPresented by the InfoPacific Development (IPD) Canada and the Kompass (China) Information Service, this site is full of current information on the People's Republic of China, including the arts, culture, politics and diplomacy, business and technology, sports and entertainment, and much, much more. The maps and graphics on the site are well designed. Students can use the site for basic research, and you may want to assign older students to a critical reading of the site and have them compare it with our western style of presenting information to the public.
  3. China: National Geographic: With this site, students can learn fast facts about China, including the form of government, official name, population, languages, geography, culture, nature, and more. 
  4. Museum of Chinese in AmericaTeachers can take their students on a virtual field trip of MOCA and go through the exhibits. With this site, students can learn about issues with the Chinese American identity, the story of Phillip Chen, a artist from the midwest, and the struggles Chinese immigrants faced when they came to America. 
  5. Asia Society Museum: With this site, teachers can have access to lesson plans to teach their students about Asia through art and games. Students can learn about the Lunar New Year, play a game, Nim, that originated in China, and more. There is also a section called "Asia 101" where teachers can access a number of interesting and need-to-know information about China. 
  6. China Institute: On this website, teachers can access a number of resources, including information on Chinese classes, an introduction to teaching China in the classroom, courses for educators, and more. The site also has information about China's arts and culture, a photo gallery, and highlighted news in China. 

Additional Resources:

  1. C is for China by Sungwan So: In this story, Amazon says, "Sungwan So’s colorful variety of images explore the country’s customs ancient and modern, illustrating not only the hubbub of street life in the cities, but also the rhythms of day-to-day life in rural areas. Beautiful photographs feature scenes of old men drinking tea on the street, a little boy learning to draw in the ink-and-wash technique shuimohua, natives in textured tapestries selling food at a market, and more."
  2. Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Don't Learn) In China and America by Nancy Pine: In this book, "Nancy Pine reveals how reliance on antiquated teaching methods and ineffectual reform efforts has left youth in the United States and China ill-equipped for the demands of modern technology and the global economy," says Amazon.
  3. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang: In American Born Chinese, Amazon says, "Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again."
  4. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang: This book, according to Amazon, is " the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century."



Article by Walter McKenzie

Additional contributions by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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