NCTA Study Tour to China and Vietnam
July 2, 2017 – July 21, 2017
NCTA tours are open to all participants who have completed 30 hours of NCTA courses.
NCTA will offer a nineteen-day study tour to China and Vietnam. Costs for participants will be $1850 (which includes international airfare and most meals) as well as a contribution of $150 to a tip fund.
Registration and Information:
For the application go to our NCTA website:
Contact: Karen Kane, Columbia University email@example.com with questions.
One Teacher's Experience
I really appreciated the opportunity to travel to China and Japan. I had several gaps in my knowledge concerning East Asia that have now been filled in. As a result of my trip, I plan on incorporating more primary documents from East Asia for the students to interpret, along with some more modern day information about culture, politics, interaction with the environment, and religion.
I also feel better prepared to discuss the spread of religion in East Asia. Seeing the Muslim mosque in Xi’an and learning the history of Islam in China has clarified my understanding concerning the influence of the Muslim empires in the east. I also have a better understanding about the nuances of Buddhism in East Asia.
I also more thoroughly understand Japan during the Edo period and during World War II. Dr. Elyssa Faison of the University of Oklahoma shared with us information about censorship and the floating worlds during the Edo period. I also enjoyed touring the Yasukuni shrine and learning about the lingering feelings by the Japanese concerning WWII.
There are so many places that I enjoyed visiting. In China, I liked seeing the Hutong neighborhood, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors. In Japan, I was most interested in the visit to Sendai where the tsunami hit, our stay at the ryokan traditional Japanese hotel, and the Nijo Castle with the nightingale floors. I just felt incredibly lucky to be visiting all of these places that I teach so they were all exciting to me.