Art educators living, working or interested in Asia
As international art educators, we often face a different set of problems when entering the classroom. For one, our students come from a number of different cultures and backgrounds, and sometimes enter the classroom with different abilities in the English language. This will sometimes beg the question of how we must teach to get our ideas and love of art across to our students...for most of us, art is always a universal language, but there are real issues of language or former classroom experiences (i.e. in China, most young students come from a rote, non-explorative way of learning that does not always translate well for a student thrown into a Western classroom--issues of confidence often arise).
What's more, as most of us I'm guessing are Westerners, we are often coming from a Western art classrooms and have learned Western art history. I notice that many teachers teach using these Western artists as the norm. Western-based practices are considered standard and teachers only occasionally throw in other arts practices (note well, the "special occasions" of doing African masks, batik, Chinese painting/calligraphy, etc.)...so then, how much more often should those things be incorporated in an international setting? Should they in fact be the norm? And in China, how often should we be teaching about the great Asian artists and calligraphers?
Special here to our profession in Asia is that we are often working with Asian populations and we might want to ask how often we should incorporate Asian arts practices into our lessons. I also think that given the relative stress placed on technical skill in Chinese art classrooms, we have to ask ourselves whether we need to place ourselves in relation to that in case our students go on to attending Chinese high schools or universities.