University of Pittsburgh Resources


A project of Pitt’s National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, the East Asia Gateway for Linking Educators is a site for K-12 teachers and university/college instructors alike. The website features a database of teaching resources (books, films, articles, curriculum units) with ratings/reviews by users, lesson materials prepared by teachers, a photo gallery with images available for download, and a study tour blog filled with interesting reflections by teachers traveling to East Asia since 2009.

The site is open to all for searching, viewing, and downloading of images and materials.

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Japan: Places, Images, Times, and Transformations is an online curriculum designed for university instructors and their students, as well as advanced high school classes. The site contains essays on various aspects of Japanese society, history and culture, along with discussion questions and additional reading for each essay. There are links to glossary items in each essay, a large collection of images for viewing, video and audio selections, timelines, and a section on maps. 

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The University of Pittsburgh is one of seven national coordinating sites for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA), a nationwide Freeman Foundation funded network of NCTA sites that encourage and facilitate teaching about East Asia in the K-12 curriculum. K-12 teachers and pre-service teachers alike can benefit from the seminars, workshops, lectures, and resources offered through the NCTA. In addition, many of the NCTA programs at Pitt are open to university students, staff and the community.

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The Japanese Nationality Room

The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments. Tours are conducted year round. The public is invited to experience their ethnic identity and ancestral roots. The rooms are also in use as University classrooms.

The Japanese Nationality Room is constructed in the style of the mid-18th century minka houses of Japan. It is representative of a residence that might have been occupied by an important village leader in a farm village on the outskirts of Kyoto. The room was designed and constructed in Japan, then shipped to Pittsburgh for assembly. 

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Japanese Text Initiative

The Japanese Text Initiative (JTI) is a collaborative effort between the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library and the University of Virginia Electronic Text Center to make texts of classical Japanese literature available online. This database gives the user access to the works of authors such as Mori Ogai, Natsume Sōseki, and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. The website can be accessed here: