Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour for Educators (2012)




2012 Study Tour to China, Seoul and Hong Kong, July 5 - 21

(16 days, 15 nights)


This is the eighth Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour to Asia since 2004.  The two-week Study Tour includes stops in China, Korea and Hong Kong. Cities to be visited in China will include Shanghai, Nanjing and Harbin. The group will visit Seoul, Korea to study the “Comfort Women” issue and meet with Korean survivors.  For the first time ever, the Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour participants will visit Hong Kong to study the significance of the Battle of Hong Kong to Canadians. 


BC ALPHA invites you to join with educators from across North America to a Journey of discovery that will touch your heart and inspire you to change this world through your work with students in the classroom.


Background of the Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour

To support the Social Studies Curriculum, the BC Ministry of Education published the Social Studies teachers’ guide Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931-1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenship in 2001.   The French version of the resource is also available for French immersion schools.  It is to support the prescribed learning outcomes for Social Studies Grade 11, History 12, Law 12 and Social Justice.  Its objective is to develop students’ appreciation of Canada as part of a much larger humanity and their sense of global fraternity and responsibility.  This is an excellent class tool for peace and justice education and for fighting against racism.  It is the world’s first teachers’ guide using humanity issues in the history of the Asia-Pacific War to teach human rights and global citizenship. 


As a partner in the development of the B.C. learning resource, ALPHA has taken the initiative to offer continual support to teachers in the effective and creative use of this education tool.  We can help arrange speakers,  survivors and  eyewitnesses for classes, and make  available on  loan to  teachers  reference and  video  materials  and also  traveling  exhibits on  humanity  issues of this tragic history.  In line with this spirit, the annual Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour has been conducted since 2004.  For highlights and album of the past Study Tours, please go to  For video reports, please go to:

2009 Video

2008 Video

2007 Video

2006 Video


Objectives of the Study Tour

˙     To enhance educators’ knowledge and understanding of the history of WWII in Asia, from the perspectives of historical facts, education about humanity and social justice, through visits to museums, historical sites, meetings with survivors, and dialogues with local historians, scholars, teachers and peace activists in China, Korea and Hong Kong.  


˙     To equip participants with the knowledge and tools required to make a professional contribution by sharing study tour observations and experiences with students, colleagues and communities in the context of WWII atrocities in Asia.


˙     To provide a valuable opportunity for participants to immerse in the history and cultures of East Asia through sight-seeing, attending cultural shows and programs in China, Korea and Hong Kong.



Educators sponsored by Toronto, BC, Edmonton and New Jersey ALPHAs will join the Study Tour


Key cities to be visited

˙  Shanghai, China (arrival city)

˙  Nanjing, China

˙  Harbin, China

˙  Seoul, Korea

˙  Hong Kong, China (departure city)


For detailed itinerary, please visit:

Tour period  

˙     July 5 (Thursday) – July 21 (Saturday), 2012 inclusive of departure and returning dates

˙     Mandatory sessions start on evening of July 6 (Friday): All participants are required to check-in at the arranged hotel in Shanghai and assemble for orientation at 7:00 pm on July 6.

˙     Last day of tour (July 21, Friday):  Those who return Canada immediately will leave from Hong Kong and the study tour will be considered dispersed.

˙     The arrival and ending dates of the Tour need to be strictly observed.  For participants who may like to self arrange a side tour before and/or after the Study Tour, they need to work around these dates.

˙     Please note that attendance at all sessions from July 6 - 21 is mandatory unless otherwise specified.

˙     Participants are expected to keep journals during the tour and share with the group


Outline of activities of the study tour

˙     Meeting survivors of military sexual slavery (the so-called “comfort  women”), forced labour, chemical & biological warfare and Nanking Massacre

˙     Meeting historians and researchers on humanity issues of the Asia-Pacific War

˙     Sharing with educators on the teaching of this chapter of history.

˙     Meeting lawyers and scholars supporting the redress of victims.

˙     Visiting museums and historical sites related to humanity issues of the Asia-Pacific War.

˙     Reflection and sharing sessions.

˙     Sightseeing and to know more about the people and culture of China and Korea.


Estimated Costs:

International return flight to Asia

$1,200 -1,600 (depending on the city of departure)

Basic expenses during the study tour (accommodations*, meals, scheduled site visits, program fees, ground transportation, regional flights in Asia)


Visitor visa application fee


Medical and accident/cancellation insurance

$60 –170 (depending on age and health conditions)


Please note that the actual cost may vary; applicants are advised to refer to the table as a guide for financial planning. Participants are also responsible for their personal expenses and any extended stay costs beyond the Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour.


All participants must provide proof of medical and accident insurance to ALPHA prior to the trip.


Teacher Grant Application:

Canada ALPHA Educational Fund offers limited grants valued at $1,500 for selected teacher applicants, a separate application is required for consideration (please see the attached grant application form). We encourage applicants to seek external funding opportunities.


*3-4 star hotel accommodation in Korea and China, double occupancy. The 3-night accommodations in Hong Kong will be at a university residence.


**Canada ALPHA Educational Fund (The Fund) is a charitable organization which sponsors the grant program and part of the Asian travel and program cost.  The Fund derives its funding from community contributions.  Successful applicants' contributions ($1,500.00 with grant, or $3,000.00 without the grant) are entitled to tax receipts of the same amounts as allowed under Canada Revenue Agency's rules.




˙     All BC registered teachers teaching Social Studies, History, Law, Social Justice and other related subjects of humanities in high schools are eligible to apply.

˙     Application form can also be download on line at

˙     Application should be submitted by email:


˙     Applicants need to be interviewed in person, over the phone or via internet.

˙     Successful applicants will be notified on or before mid-April, 2012.  

˙     Selected teachers will be required to participate in preparatory works before the Study Tour and complete all required pre-tour readings. There will be 3 pre-tour preparatory sessions prior to departure, scheduled as follows:

o   Sunday May 6, 2011                       2 – 6 pm

o   Sunday June 3, 2011                      2 – 6 pm

o   Sunday June 30, 2011                    2 – 6 pm


After the study tour, selected teachers are expected to:

˙     Attend post-tour meeting(s) to work on future teaching plans.

˙     Actively use the teachers’ guide “Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931-1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenship” in the courses for which it was designed, and make good use of the supporting resources offered by ALPHA.

˙     Create and integrate contents of the teachers’ guide “Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931-1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenship” into other grades and courses whenever appropriate.

˙     Contribute to the process of integrating these topics and materials into the school curriculum; develop new education resources pertinent to WWII history in Asia and humanity education.

˙     Provide feedback and make recommendation to ALPHA for better use of this learning resource by other teachers. With prior arrangement, 1 to 2 representatives of ALPHA or other teachers may attend classes conducted by the participant as observers and/or as resource persons. 

˙     Prepare and make presentation at report-back sessions organized by ALPHA.

˙     Make individual or group presentations at teachers’ conferences to report-back on the tour and to share resources and experience in the teaching of this chapter of history.


Applicants should ensure that they are both physically and emotionally suitable for the demanding itinerary and group activities.


The Social Studies teachers’ guide Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931-1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenshipin both English and French versions were distributed to all BC secondary schools by the Ministry of Education in 2001 and 2003 respectively.


This guide is available for purchase online from the Government Publication Services.

Go to:
Then click on icon "General Public Go Shopping"
Then type "Human Rights in the Asia Pacific" and click on "Search"
Then click on the resource title
Then click on "Add to shopping cart"

And then follow the instructions for purchasing.


You may also download a PDF copy from: Website supporting this learning resource:



















Canada ALPHA Educational Fund

B.C. ALPHA (Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia)

Toronto ALPHA (Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia)