Understanding U.S. China Relations: Politics, Trade and COVID

The focus of the 2022 East Asia in the Upper Midwest teacher program will be on understanding the U.S.-China relationship through the lens of history. Two China-based historians – Zach Fredman of Duke Kunshan University, and John D. Wong of the University of Hong Kong – will discuss their approach to this often tense relationship and also comment on the impact of the COVID19 epidemic.

Educators will explore the history of trade between the U.S. and China and how it has influenced the modernization of China, how America’s foreign policy goals for the China region have changed over time, and how the recent emergence of a pandemic has complicated these dynamics.

This program will take place virtually June 21-22 in an asynchronous format, with optional synchronous sessions.


Who Should Apply

Social studies and Chinese language teachers interested in integrating Chinese history into their classrooms, with priority given to teachers teaching in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. 

How to Apply

Use the “apply now” link below to fill out an online application form. Space is limited to 25 teachers. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled or until 30 April.



  • $200 stipend for all teachers who participate in all sessions and deliver publishable lesson plans on this topic to CEAS by 30 September 2022;
  • $150 worth of topic-related materials (books, map of China, DVD, etc) delivered to your home;
  • Opportunities to interact with experts on Chinese history and to have your questions answered in both synchronous and asynchronous sessions.


  • $25 (covers program and administrative costs)



Teachers will receive topic-related materials and an electronic curricular guide.

20 June

Teachers submit three topic-related content questions to CEAS to be addressed by experts.

21-22 June

CEAS will organize 2 Zoom sessions with China-based historians to answer teachers’ submitted questions. These will be held in the evenings (for the Wisconsin time zone) to accommodate time zone differences for the speakers in East Asia. An optional preparatory/introductory session  on the 20th will also be provided. Teachers are encouraged to participate in these Zoom sessions, but live participation is not required. These sessions will be archived on CEAS’ website and can be viewed later.

30 September

Deadline for teachers to submit their topic-related lesson plans. Lesson plans should be prepared according to a template CEAS will provide and should reference Wisconsin (or appropriate) state standards.