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  From the Asian Studies Outreach Program

ASOP News from December 13


How to Make Puang-Ma-Hod Meaning cascading flowers in Thai, the Puang-Ma-Hod paper creations were a popular sight at the Vermont International Festival, as hundreds of children walked about with beautiful paper creations that looked like a mixture of paper jellyfish and cascading flowers. Visiting Scholar Nattida created a step-by-step guide so that Vermont teachers can create them in their own classrooms. All you need is paper, scissors, and to read about it on our website.

Learning Thai Script the Thai Way Visiting Scholar Nattida reflects on how to share Thai language with Vermont students beginning with the origins of the language and a Thai children's song that is similar to our version of the "ABC" song. Read more our website

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Thai Celebration of Lights at Putney Visiting Scholar Somrit provided Putney Central School students and teachers with the opportunity to experience the Thai festival of lights, or "Loy Krathong" as it is called in Thailand. Find out more about the celebration on our website

Making a Difference with Rice. During the 2012 Institute on Thailand and Its Cultures, a group of Vermont educators visited the Chalempraklet 48 Pansa School in Lamphun, Thailand, a school for about 350 orphan girls whose parents have died from HIV/AIDS. Now, ASOP Director Bill Williams is finding out that the best way to support the school is through rice. Read more here.

Book your dragon now! To help assist Vermont schools in teaching about Asia, the ASOP library has books, cultural kits, and dragons that are availableon loan free to teachers. To find out more about our resources, visit our website.

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