Internet Resources

  • Visualizing Cultures                                                                                     


    Visualizing Cultures weds images and scholarly commentary in innovative ways to illuminate social and cultural history. Founded in 2002 by MIT Professors John Dower and Shigeru Miyagawa, Visualizing Cultures exploits the unique qualities of the Web as a publishing platform to enable scholars, teachers, and others to: (1) examine large bodies of previously inaccessible images; (2) compose original texts with unlimited numbers of full-color, high-resolution images; and (3) use new technology to explore unprecedented ways of analyzing and presenting images that open windows on modern history.
    Visualizing Cultures has positioned itself as a nexus between the institutions that house image collections and the scholars who would like to use them for research purposes. Publishing on MIT’s revolutionary OpenCourseWare—making MIT courses freely available on the Web—Visualizing Cultures has worked with many institutions to negotiate online publication of images for educational purposes using a creative commons license.

    The Confucius Institute at the University of Buffalo

    Dedicated to promoting the teaching of Chinese language and culture in Western New York and advancing understanding of contemporary China.

    Asia for Educators

    has materials on China, Japan and Korea and has expanded its Southeast Asia materials, including DBQs and timelines related to Vietnam.  The Literature across the Curriculum section has many good suggestions for books on Vietnam for all grade levels.

    U.S. Department of State Background Notes

    Brief, digestible overviews of all countries of the world.

    Asia for Kids

    Educational catalog of the best resources for language and culture.  Has books, DVDs, software, crafts, games, decor, music and gifts.

    Kids Web Japan

    Students can find out about life in Japan, school life, sports, food, Anime and many other aspects of Jaanese life.

    Lesson Plan ideas for Chinese New Year