Thinking through Cultural Diversity:  Bridging Cultural Differences in Asian Traditions

ASDP Bridging Cultures

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February 2015 update:  Two multidisciplinary, one-day workshops on China and Southeast Asia will be offered in Winter/Spring 2015 as part of an extension of the ASDP Bridging Cultures project. Presentations from these programs will be made into short films suitable for classroom use and available through the ASDP Bridging Cultures website. For more information on these programs, click here.

Thinking through Cultural Diversity is a three-year project that explores how cultural differences have contributed to cultural flourishing in Asia, with an emphasis on China and Southeast Asia. Funded by a generous Bridging Cultures grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and coordinated by the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP), the project explores how the arts, literature, knowledge systems, religious traditions and trade serve as cultural bridges, how cultural interaction fosters cultural vitality, and how cultural continuity involves both conserving tradition and creative transformation.


Built around the ASDP model of “curriculum development through faculty development” and convictions that intercultural understanding depends on learning-about, learning-with and learning-from others, Thinking through Cultural Diversity is a collaborative effort of forty-five faculty members from fifteen community colleges working together in five groups and serving richly varied communities on the West coast, the Midwest, and the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Project activities will included public lectures, mentor visits, academic workshops, a multi-week summer symposium, an online       research conference and an emerging menu of art exhibitions, film showings, performances and discussion groups. Learn more...

Oct. 17-19, 2013
Lowell, MA

Crossing Borders, Bridging Cultures: Re-mapping Identities in Southeast Asia

Oct. 24-26, 2013
San Francisco, CA

Ethnicity, Trans-ethnicity and Cultural Identities in Southeast Asia

Nov. 15-16, 2013
Philadelphia, PA

The Monkey Bridge: Cultural Transmission & Transformation in China and Southeast Asia

Jan. 23-25, 2014
Baltimore, MD

Traditions and Transformations: Cultures and Modernities in China and Southeast Asia

Feb. 13-15, 2014
Overland Park, KS

Cultural Interactions: Chinese Arts and Chinese Identities