About Digital Asia

Digital Asia presents professionally-vetted films made by scholars of Asia turned filmmaker together with original curriculum materials developed for the college and high school teacher for easy to use in the classroom. On this website, you will find 3-5 minute excerpts of the films available via live-streaming, accompanied by free downloadable PDFs of curriculum materials, accessible film transcripts, background materials about each film, and a clear method to order the full length films. This website conforms to the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

Digital Asia is a project of the Asian Educational Media Service, an outreach arm of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is funded by the Freeman Foundation of Stowe, VT., New York City and Honolulu and by the IL/IN East Asia National Resource Center funded by U.S. Department of Education Title VI. All curriculum materials are made available free of charge for use by any educator.


  • Creator and Project Director: Nancy Jervis, Ph.D.
  • Project Team: Susan Norris and Jason Finkelman
  • Graphic Design: Electric Pictures
  • Web Design & Development: ATLAS