New Jersey Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of World War II in Asia




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2014 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour:  For Teachers and Educators


The Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour will resume again in 2014.  New Jersey Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of World War II in Asia (NJ-ALPHA) will sponsor up to three history/social science/humanity secondary school/college teachers/educators to participate in the Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour (for short also called Asia Study Tour) during the summer of 2014.  The targeted teachers/educators are those teaching in the NJ/NY area or other parts of the Eastern U.S. For the 2014 tour, NJ-ALPHA will join the Asia Study Tour organized by Toronto ALPHA (

This is the seventh year for NJ-ALPHA to sponsor teachers/educators to participate in such a tour. All the participants who have returned from these summer study tours have praised the experience as unforgettable and eye-opening, and it has changed their lives (see sample testimonials included below).

Program Description:

This is an intensive, immersion program to enhance the participants' understanding of the cultural and historical background of China (and Korea) during the Asia-Pacific War 1931-1945. The study tour's schedule includes discussion of the history of Sino-Japan (and Korea-Japan) relations, visits to museums and historical sites, meeting with and collecting oral histories from survivors of wartime atrocities, and participation in briefing sessions and lectures held by scholars, professors and educators. A main objective of the tour is to develop ideas and teaching material/methods in using and enhancing the New Jersey Curriculum Guide: "The Nanking Massacre and Other Japanese Military Atrocities, The Asia-Pacific War:  1931-1945."

More specific information about the Asia Study Tour (including the dates and itinerary) will be provided later.  


NJ-ALPHA will provide scholarships that will pay for all group travel,accommodations (double occupancy), meals, and admission expenses in China and South Korea during the period of the study tour. Current estimate for this cost is approximately $3,000 per participant.  Participants are responsible for their own air travel between the U.S. and China (or South Korea on the return flight) and from China (probably Harbin in Northeast China) to Seoul.  They will also be responsible for international airport taxes if any, visa/passport application fees, and other personal miscellaneous expenses.  These expenses are estimated to be approximately $2,500.  Participants are also required to have their personal medical and accident insurance covering the period of the study tour.  A $200.00 deposit is required and paid to NJ-ALPHA upon acceptance into the program; this deposit will be refunded upon submission of a reflection essay to NJ-ALPHA and a proposed lesson plan or equivalent educational project or a public presentation after completion of the tour.

Application Details:

A completed application (click on "Application Form" button below) with all associated documents must be received by February 15, 2014. All history/social science/humanity secondary school/college teachers/educators in the NJ/NY area, as well as other parts of Eastern U.S., are invited to apply.

Application can be submitted via email to, or via post office mail to:


P. O. Box 1121

Piscataway, NJ 08855

Applicants may be interviewed in person or over the phone by NJ-ALPHA or Toronto ALPHA. Selection of applicants will be announced around the beginning of April 2014.

Participants will be required to participate in one or more pre-tour meetings. Besides attending the pre-tour meetings, participants are expected to:

  • Attend all scheduled visits and sessions during the study tour
  • Incorporate some of their learnings and experiences in their history/social science/humanity courses
  • Share study-tour experience with colleagues through presentations in their schools, communities, professional associations, and/or other channels
  • Share study-tour experience with NJ-ALPHA members and others, including the public
  • Contribute to the further development and supplementation of the Curriculum Guide on "The Nanking Massacre and Other Japanese Military Atrocities, The Asia-Pacific War: 1931-1945".



Testimonials from Participants of Previous Asia Study Tours:



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