1990 Institute: China Now for Teachers

Please return to this page for 2019 information, as it becomes available.

The 1990 Institute & SF State's College of Extended Learning present:

China Now: Teachers Workshop:
Changing Lives in Modern China

Date & Time:



San Mateo County Office of Education
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, California 94065

About the Workshop:

  • Grades 6 - 12 teachers: Be inspired and enabled to include Modern China in your curriculum.
  • The workshop will provide teachers with an analytical framework enlivened with real stories from individuals who are experiencing arguably the most profound changes in China’s history.
  • Option to earn 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Francisco State University. The $200 course fee may be deducted from the stipend.
  • Stipends are available.

Visit the China Now for Teachers website for more details and to apply.



2018 Speakers

Moderator of our 2018 workshop, is the Executive Director of University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute, focusing on the multidimensional U.S.-China relationship. Trained as a historian, he first lived in China in 1982 and has since returned to China many times to carry out fieldwork on economic development, lead study tours, and lecture at conferences. Mr. Dube is recognized for his many outstanding contributions to the research and education about China and has won teaching awards at three universities.

Mr. Dube will also give an update on U.S. China Relations

Dr. Madsen is a sociology professor at UC San Diego and is the author, or co-author, of twelve books on Chinese culture, American culture and international relations.

Topic: Religious Revival in China

Dr. Rozelle is the co-director of the Rural Education Action Program (REAP) at Stanford University. REAP is an organization whose goal is to help students from vulnerable communities in China to enhance their human capital and overcome obstacles to education so that they can escape poverty and better contribute to China’s developing economy. Dr. Rozelle had spoken about this project at our inaugural 2013 Teachers Workshop.

Topic: Rural Education, Health and Nutrition

Rob Schmitz is the Shanghai Correspondent for NPR and author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams along a Shanghai Road. From 2010 to 2016, Mr. Schmitz was the China Correspondent for the public radio business program Marketplace. Mr. Schmitz has won numerous awards for his reporting on China and other East Asia countries, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards, Education Writers Association award and Investigative Reporters and Editors Award.

Topic: Migrant Workers and Entrepreneurship

Tobias Smith is a researcher specializing in the development of criminal law in China. His writing focuses on capital punishment and its alternatives. He holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and is a PhD candidate in UC Berkeley’s Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program.

Topic: Legal Reform in China

Dr. Yan is a professor of anthropology at UCLA. His research has centered on China’s Social change and development, family and kinship, cultural globalization, morality, the individual and individualization. Dr. Yan also has the personal experience of having been forced to drop out of primary school to work as a shepherd, farmer and seasonal manual laborer in rural China until 1978.

Topic: Changing Demographics and Its Impact on Traditional Chinese Values

Janet Yang is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Hollywood producer with deep roots in China. She has produced a number of award-winning films, including The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt, a Chinese adaptation of High School Musical and Shanghai Calling. Ms. Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by The Hollywood Reporter and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures. She is a board member of The 1990 Institute.

Topic: Film and Media

Mei Zhang is a native of Yunnan province in China and the Founder of WildChina, which has been cited by National Geographic as one of the world’s BEST Adventure Travel Companies. Ms. Zhang is the author of Travels through Dali: with a Leg of Ham, a beautifully illustrated chronicle of her return to her roots and serves as a form of cultural cultivation for the region’s ancient traditions.

Topic: The Impact of Experience Economy on Rural China





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