In the midst of the Asia unit in Social Studies, 6th graders took a trip to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Asian Art. In the classroom, students have been studying the effects of oil in Southwest Asia, India's comparative advantage in the global IT market, and how high population density affects life in Japan. They also recently finished reading the historical fiction novels The Breadwinner and When My Name Was Keoko, which take place in Afghanistan and Korea respectively.
Students examined and discussed several works including Kitagawa Utamaro's paintings of Japanese women, Michael Joo's Collective, inspired by the rare red-crowned cranes found in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and the "Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan" exhibition that highlights the work of Afghan architects and artisans who have helped revive Murad Khani, a district of Kabul.
Through the lenses of the various artists represented at the gallery, the 6th grade gained new perspectives on Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and Nepal.