20th Century Reforms of China
1. China’s Disaster: 1840-1949
1949 is rich in primary sources including images from this period.
2. For more primary sources and discussion questions on this era, see these Asia for Educators
sites: Demographic Disasters http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/china/modern/crisis.htm, From Reform to Revolution http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/china/modern/rd_bck.htm, and Farmers and the Chinese Revolution http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/china/modern/rev_stu.htm.
3. The PRC (People’s Republic of China) Under Mao
http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/graph/9prcmain.htm and Twentieth Century Changes
http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/clothing/11devmai.htm are student-friendly sites.
4. Posters and paintings are visual documents that will add to your understanding of this era. See
especially Stefan Landsberger's Chinese Propaganda Posters http://www.iisg.nl/%7Elandsberger/
and the Chairman Smiles http://www.iisg.nl/exhibitions/chairman/chnintro.php.
5. China’s Communist Revolution: A Glossary
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/special_report/1999/09/99/china_50/cult.htm is a handy list of players and events in China during the late 20th century. Also see the Illustrated History of the
Communist Party in China http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/45954.htm. 6. Morning Sun http://www.morningsun.org/ documents the Cultural Revolution including images
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology has images of Commodore Perry and his Black Ships
with an explanatory text that is wonderful to see
2. Modern History Sourcebook has first-hand accounts by Westerners in Meiji Japan including
How Japanese Ladies Go Shopping, 1890
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1890japanladies.html and A Japanese Dinner Party, 1890
3. Photographs are a good primary source. The Database of Old Photographs of Japan
http://zoomphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/main_menu.php also includes maps from this period.
4. Kokoyakyu http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/kokoyakyu/index.html is an engaging PBS documentary on baseball in Japanese high schools today. Be sure to see the accompanying
lesson plan at http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/kokoyakyu/for.html.
5. 3 Samurai baseball in Japan today is discussed online in Japan Focus http://japanfocus.org/-Charles_W_-Hayford/2398.
6. “Imperial Japan: 1894-1945” by Jonathan N. Lipman
http://aboutjapan.japansociety.org/content.cfm/imperial_japan_1894-1945_1 examines how and why Japan created an empire stretching from Singapore to Alaska in just a few decades.
Korea and Its Colonization
1. Korea Net http://www.korea.net/ from the Korean Culture and Information Service is an excellent source for stories, recipes, statistics and arts and culture.
2. Annotated Links for North and South Korea
http://newton.uor.edu/Departments&Programs/AsianStudiesDept/korea.html ranges from “Looking for God in the Streets of Seoul” to Hendrick Hamel, the “Marco Polo of Korea.”
3. Arts of Korea at http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/Korea/koreaonline/index.htm is an online exhibition from Metropolitan Museum of Art and Teacher’s Sourcebook for Korean Art and Culture http://www.pem.org/visit/asia-pdf/korea-tsb.pdf has lesson plans, timelines, activities, etc.
4. Lesson plans about all facets of Korea and its culture are FREE from
th5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has several timelines of Korean art and culture including 19 thcerntury http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/10/eak/ht10eak.htm, and 20 century ones http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/11/eak/ht11eak.htm. Also contrast “Yangban: Cultural Life of the Choson Literati” http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/yang/hd_yang.htm with “Work and Leisure: th18 Century Genre Painting” http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/kgnr/hd_kgnr.htm.
6. Anti-Japanese Movement in Korea from 1904-1945
http://www.tparents.org/Library/Religion/Cta/Korea-J/jp-histo.htm has photos and info on this topic.
7. A video lecture from nationally known scholar Alexis Dudden, professor specializing in modern
Korean and Japanese history http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/dudden/.
8. For lesson plans on the ongoing challenges in the relationship between Korea and Japan see: