East Asian Studies Majors Teach Local Students through Hands-on Cultural Activities

Olivia DrakeMarch 23, 20115min

Erica Chon ’13 teaches a group of students and teachers from the Lorraine Foster Day School how to create a sushi roll during the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Outreach Program March 4. The Outreach Program is designed to reach local students by providing a range of hands-on cultural activities that introduce them to various aspects of East Asian cultures. More than 300 students in grades K-12 participate in the program every year.

Yuki Ohmori ’13 welcomed the students to the center’s “Shôyôan,” or Tatami Room for a formal Japanese tea ceremony. Ohmori and Erica Chon are Outreach Program’s student coordinators.

A Lorraine Foster Day School student enjoys her tea. Each Outreach Program session is tailored to suit the age level and curricular needs of the students.

Yejing Gu ’14 is one of the several undergraduate East Asian Studies majors who teach Outreach Program sessions. All student-teachers have gained experience studying in China or Japan, and many are of Asian or Asian-American heritage.

Sandy Lee’14 teaches a student proper brush strokes during an East Asian writing and language session. (Photos by Cora Lautze '11)