Namji Steinemann is Director of the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Education Program for Schools (APEPS), which offers global learning and exchange opportunities for teachers and students in schools across the United States and in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining the East-West Center, Ms. Steinemann was Vice President of Education at the Asia Society, a New York-headquartered nonprofit that works to foster global understanding of Asia. A recognized leader in Asian Studies outreach and global education, and a pioneer in using the Web to deliver Asia-related content for elementary and secondary (K-12) schools, she developed the Asia Society’s award-winning AskAsia website, whose launch in 1997 was featured in the New York Times. Ms. Steinemann has produced acclaimed multimedia curriculum materials exploring such topics as the Silk Roads and World War II in Southeast Asia, as well as instructional videos on Japan and Korea, including an award-winning Tune in Japan video series. She also spearheaded the landmark development of the ASEAN Curriculum Sourcebook for the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which commissioned the Sourcebook to be used in school systems throughout Southeast Asia, and IUCN Youth Voices, an online learning platform developed in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to inform, inspire, excite, and empower young people to learn about nature as well as take action to support its conservation. A longtime executive board member of the Hawaii affiliate of ASCD, an organization that promotes best practices in teacher professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership, Ms. Steinemann also sits on the editorial board of Education About Asia, a teaching journal published by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and has previously led the AAS Committee on Teaching about Asia as its elected chair. Before her 14-year tenure at the Asia Society, she spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching English at a secondary school in Thailand. Ms. Steinemann has a B.A. in Art History and a Graduate Certificate in Education/Studies of Asia. In addition to being fluent in English and in spoken Korean, she has a good command of written Korean, French (both spoken and written), and spoken Thai as well as some knowledge of written Thai.