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Seasons Of The RSP: An Online Teacher's Reflection on Teaching About Japan

Blogs / June 10, 2019
Since joining SPICE in 2005, my annual calendar has revolved around not spring flowers, caterpillars dangling from trees, and falling leaves around the beautiful Stanford campus, but the schedule of the Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP), Stanford’s online course on Japan and U.S.–Japan relations for U.S. high school students.
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SPICE welcomes back Dr. HyoJung Jang

News / May 28, 2019

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. HyoJung Jang back to the SPICE team! Jang holds a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy as well as in Comparative and International Education from Penn State University, and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University. She has returned to SPICE as an instructor for the Sejong Korean Scholars Program, an intensive online course on Korea for high school students across the United States.

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Secretary Norman Mineta and SPICE’s Rylan Sekiguchi speak at the Ronald Reagan Library

News / May 14, 2019
At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on April 22, 2019, Secretary Norman Mineta was interviewed on stage and Rylan Sekiguchi shared SPICE’s soon-to-be-released set of free lesson plans, “What Does It Mean to Be an American?”
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Giving voice to the Chinese railroad workers on the 150th anniversary of the First Transcontinental Railroad

Blogs / May 9, 2019

Tomorrow marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The tracks of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869. In a ceremony, Central Pacific Railroad President Leland Stanford drove the last spike, now usually referred to as the “Golden Spike,” at Promontory Summit. What has largely been left out of the narrative of the First Transcontinental Railroad is the estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Chinese laborers who worked on the Central Pacific Railroad.

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The Stanford EPIC fellowship for community college instructors

News / April 30, 2019
Since 2012, SPICE has been proud to collaborate with Stanford Global Studies on U.S. Department of Education-funded initiatives aimed at internationalizing community college curricula.
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Spring session of Stanford e-Japan online course begins

News / April 22, 2019

The Stanford University Scholars Program for Japanese High School Students or “Stanford e-Japan” is an online course sponsored by the Yanai Tadashi Foundation and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford University. This online course teaches Japanese high school students about U.S. society and underscores the importance of U.S.–Japan relations.

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China Scholars Program online course now accepting applications for Fall 2019

News / April 16, 2019

Applications opened yesterday for the China Scholars Program, an intensive, college-level online course on contemporary China for U.S. high school students. The China Scholars Program is offered by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford University, and is open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The Fall 2019 online course will run from late August through December. Applications are due June 15, 2019.

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Application open for 2019 Summer Institute for High School Teachers

News / April 8, 2019

SPICE is now accepting applications for the 2019 East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers. This free three-day institute is SPICE’s premier professional development opportunity for teachers, combining Stanford’s deep content expertise with SPICE’s award-winning lesson plans.

SPICE/NCTA East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers
July 8–10, 2019
Stanford University
Application deadline: May 6, 2019

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Secretary Norman Mineta and SPICE’s Rylan Sekiguchi highlight National Council of History Education conference in Washington, DC

Blogs / April 2, 2019

As a high school student in San Jose in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I used to see Norman Mineta on occasion in San Jose’s Japantown. Once at Fukuda Barber in Japantown, Mineta was on the barber chair. After he left, barbers Takeo and Atsuo Fukuda asked me if I knew who he was. I didn’t, and Takeo told me that he was Norman Mineta, vice mayor of San Jose. Since that day, I recognized Mineta whenever I saw him in Japantown, in the San Jose Mercury News, and on television. In 1971, Mineta became mayor of San Jose, and in 1974, he ran successfully for the U.S.

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The Emerging Leaders Program and SPICE: Empowering youth from Yokohama

News / March 5, 2019

Why does cellist Yo-Yo Ma refer to the Silk Road as the ‘Internet of antiquity’? What is globalization? What is economic interdependence? What are diversity and inclusion? These are some of the questions that high school students from Yokohama Science Frontier High School (YSFH) considered during a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area in January 2019.

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Winners announced for the Fall 2018 Stanford e-Japan Award

News / February 17, 2019

Stanford e-Japan is an online course that teaches Japanese high school students about American society and culture and U.S.–Japan relations. The course introduces students to both American and Japanese perspectives on many historical and contemporary issues. It is offered biannually by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). The Fall 2018 cohort was the seventh group of students to complete Stanford e-Japan.

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Honoring Stanford e-Tottori students

News / February 12, 2019
Stanford e-Tottori is a distance-learning course sponsored by the Tottori Prefectural Board of Education and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
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Spring 2019 Stanford e-Japan online course now accepting applications

News / January 16, 2019

Stanford e-Japan is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 session, which runs from April 22 to August 23, 2019. The deadline to apply is February 24, 2019.

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Winners announced for the Spring 2018 Stanford e-Japan Award

News / January 8, 2019

Stanford e-Japan is a distance-learning course sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. The Spring 2018 session was supported by the Capital Group and the Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project, Japan Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, FSI.

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SPICE’s Rylan Sekiguchi elected chair of the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program

Blogs / November 30, 2018

During the U.S.-Japan Council annual conference that was held in Tokyo on November 8 and 9, 2018, Rylan Sekiguchi was elected chair of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). The ELP identifies, cultivates, and empowers a new generation of leaders in the U.S.–Japan relationship. Emerging Leaders participate in leadership education, design and implement original USJC programming, and develop powerful, lifelong personal and professional friendships.

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The China Scholars Program: Continuing a 45-year tradition of bridging Stanford and schools

News / October 8, 2018
In 1972, after years of frozen relations between China and the United States, President Richard Nixon met with Chairman Mao Zedong and set the two countries on a mutually interdependent path.
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SPICE launches redesigned online store

News / September 14, 2018

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new online store! The new SPICE Store, located at spicestore.stanford.edu, has been completely redesigned to serve you better. Now it’s easier to navigate, filter, search, and find the titles you want.

To celebrate our launch, we’re holding a 15%-off sale for all curriculum ordered at spicestore.stanford.edu through September 30, 2018. Use coupon code LAUNCHSALE during checkout to redeem your discount.

Visit our new SPICE Store today!

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From sand dunes to Detective Conan

Blogs / September 6, 2018
Comedian Conan O’Brien recently announced that he will visit Hokuei City (aka “Conan Town”) in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, which is well known for its sand dunes and the manga character, Detective Conan.
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2018–19 EPIC Community College Faculty Fellows Program

News / August 24, 2018
Since 2010, Stanford Global Studies (SGS) has partnered with community colleges through innovative projects such as the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative and the Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) to bring together faculty and administrators committed to developing global and international studies.
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Global health for global classrooms

News / August 23, 2018

“Super Science High School” (SSH) and “Super Global High School” (SGH) are designations awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to upper secondary schools that prioritize science, technology, and mathematics (SSH) and global studies (SGH). Since 2015, SPICE has offered the “SPICE/Stanford e-Course on Global Health” to students of Takatsuki Jr. and Sr. High School, one of the few schools in Japan with both designations.

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Japan Day 2018: Recognizing future leaders in the U.S.–Japan relationship

News / August 22, 2018
As Stacy Shimanuki delivered her presentation about the Pacific War (1941–45), I was reflective of the fact that the 73rd anniversary of the surrender of Japan, August 15, 1945, was five days away.
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