K-12 Outreach

Berkeley has been designated an East Asia National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education since 1973 under the Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Under the auspices, the Institute of East Asian Studies sponsors several activities that are beneficial to educators.

Teacher Workshops

The Institute participates in an annual weeklong summer institute for precollegiate educators. Each year the workshop features a different aspect of East Asia and other international studies.

Online Resources

Click here for a comprehensive list of recommended online resources for teaching about East Asia.

Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS)

The Office of Resources for International and Area Centers (ORIAS) is a joint program of the Title VI Area Centers at UC Berkeley. Since its inception in 1996, the office has been dedicated to providing scholarly resources and supporting professional development for K-12 teachers addressing international studies.

Programs and materials are designed in collaboration with teachers to meet the challenge of creating a globally informed student body while addressing the curriculum standards for world history and the particular needs of California's diverse population. For further information contact:

Shane Carter, Program Representative
Office of Resources for International & Area Studies (ORIAS)
1995 University Ave, Room 520D
Berkeley, CA 94720-2318
510.643.0868 (phone)
510.642.5035 (fax)

East Asia Regional Materials and Resources Center

The Institute provides support to the East Asia Regional Materials and Resources Center (EARMARC) at San Jose State University. EARMARC maintains a large lending library of East Asia-related films and videos. EARMARC also hosts biannual seminars where participants view and critique new materials. For further information contact:

c/o History Department
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0117

408.924.5518 or 408.924.5523 (phone)
408.924.5531 (fax)


The Institute or the Centers can recommend speakers on East Asia to schools or non-profit organizations.

Lectures, Seminars, and Conferences

The Institute and the three Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies sponsor lectures, afternoon colloquia, regional seminars, and conferences that involve the Berkeley academic community, the Bay Area community at large, and scholars from the West Coast and the wider world. These meetings cover a range of social science and humanities issues regarding East Asia.


The Institute, in conjunction with the Centers, publishes five research mongraph series: China, Japan, Korea, Indochina, and Research papers and Policy Studies. The Institute also provides support to Early China, an annual journal of the Society for Early China. The editorial offices of the monthly journal Asian Survey are located here; printing and distribution are handled through the University of California Press.

For further information about East Asian resources for teachers, contact:

Dylan Davis, Associate Director
University of California, Berkeley
Institute of East Asian Studies
2223 Fulton Street #2318
Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

510.642.2815 (phone)
510.642.5035 (fax)

National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center

Iowa State University houses the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center. The Center is a collaborative effort among Iowa State University, the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, leaders in the field of K-12 foreign language education, and elementary and secondary teachers. The Center's goal is the improvement of student learning of foreign languages at the elementary and secondary school levels. The National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI.

National Foreign Language Resource Center
N131 Lagomarcino Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011
515.294.6699 (phone)