The Asia Pacific Curriculum project was launched in April 2017 by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), a Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to be Canada’s catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia’s bridge to Canada. We believe strongly that a successful and globally engaged British Columbia requires a population that is knowledgeable about the world’s largest, and arguably most dynamic, region.

Over the three-year course of this project, we will cover a wide range of countries, territories, and topics in history, politics, economics, culture, social change, the environment, and more. These materials are most suitable for high school-level students, although in 2018, we will be adding materials suitable for use with students as young as Grade 6.

We will be collaborating with subject experts and B.C. social studies teachers to continually develop new materials that support the new B.C. curriculum. We encourage teachers to check back often and/or to register (by clicking on Sign In/Register above) to receive updates. In addition, we will offer professional development workshops for B.C. teachers. For updates, please register with us at curriculum@asiapacific.ca.

This project is financially supported in part by the unrestricted funds from the proceeds of a Government of Canada endowment to APF Canada. In addition, we gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education.

Principles and Processes

  • The Asia Pacific Curriculum project is being undertaken in partnership with the British Columbia (B.C.) Ministry of Education and in close collaboration with the B.C. Social Studies Teachers Association (BCSSTA). Its objective is to encourage B.C. students to become more interested in and informed about the cultures, societies, histories, economies, geographies, and politics of Asia.
  • An important dimension of social studies is learning about the changes, tensions, conflicts, and relations in and between countries and societies. Through this project, we aim to give students a foundation of knowledge about these important phenomena in Asia.
  • We do not avoid sensitive topics. When we do focus on these topics, we aim to present them as objectively and neutrally as possible via evidence-based analysis. In addition, we encourage students to learn about differing and sometimes conflicting perspectives.
  • In developing these materials, we draw from peer-reviewed academic sources, materials from internationally recognized research organizations, and subject experts. In many cases, a subject expert will be invited to author a background reading that will form the foundation for learning about a given topic. In addition, we may invite another subject expert to review a reading for tone and accuracy.
  • In cases in which the sovereignty, administration, or naming of a particular geographic area is under dispute, we take our guidance from the Cartographic Policies established by the National Geographic Society.