I’ll be talking on the subject of “Childhood, Play, and Twentieth-Century Chinese Nationalism: History and Curriculum” on Saturday, October 1 at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Links for participants: The “Chinese-American Boardgame” at ChinesePosters.net – See for a full-sized copy to print, along with translations and instructions, and historical background. Morningsun.org – Website to accompany […]

Links for my (brief) project introduction at our Association of Asian Studies Roundtable on Saturday, March 29th, entitled “Charting the Digital in Asian Studies: Promises, Realities, and the Future of Teaching and Research”: TaipingCivilWar.org — the website created by my sophomore methods colloquium at the University of Mary Washington (Fall 2013) History 297 – course […]

Last fall I taught a new colloquium, History 297, as part of a methods sequence required for all majors. As I’ve detailed in previous posts here and here, our department has recently expanded a single-semester methods course into a 2 course sequence, with one course that focuses on historiography and another that’s research centered. One […]

Yes, I’m prepping for fall. But I’m also already thinking about a second go at my cinema course next spring, along with fellow traveller Jim Groom, who recently blogged about our foray into GIFs with that class. For films, I’m seriously thinking of dropping Jia Zhangke’s “The World” this time around, along with previously screened “Chungking […]

And I’m now craving mock duck. And my all-time favorite food, xiao long bao. How to get a new group of students comfortable talking in the classroom? One idea: have the students each assemble a group of images that represents themselves and their interests. Have them post them to the ‘net and then introduce them […]

Recently we’ve seen the emergence of serial programs created for online video sites in China (e.g. Youku, Tudou, and as we’ve seen with Youtube, etc.).  Often sponsored by major corporations, including Apple and General Motors, among others, they’ve served as popular entertainment and, not surprisingly, a venue for product placement. Several of these internet shows have also begun to […]

I’m writing to note that the Chinese history sources site is still under construction. It’s currently resting in dry dock as we contemplate possible shifts to its original design, including new possibilities for its systems of organization of data (for the site and via Zotero) and also its breadth of coverage. Further updates will follow […]

UMW’s Faculty Academy returns this week with its ever-creative exchanges on the topic of scholarly and curricular endeavors that utilize digital tools. I’ll be participating in a discussion panel that Jeff McClurken (who is devoting himself to no less than four panels and discussions, as rumor has it…) has generously organized. Titled “Digital Fluency, Online […]

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